Photo by Orlando City SC
By FRANCO PANIZO
Orlando City SC returned to the Citrus Bowl for their first official match since winning the USL Pro Championship this past weekend, and they gave their fans something to cheer about.
Former New York Red Bulls midfielder John Rooney stole the show, scoring two goals and assisting on another to set the tone for the Lions' 4-1 rout of the Wilmington Hammerheads at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
Rooney converted a penalty kick early in the match, and he doubled Orlando's lead just before halftime in front of a regular-season, club-record crowd of 8,421. Rooney then assisted on the first-place Lions' third goal before Bryce Taylor prevented a shutout with a 56th-minute finish. Substitute Dennis Chin capped the scoring with his second goal of the season to improve Orlando City to 2-0 on the season.
Here's a look back at all the Week 2 action in USL Pro:
ROCHESTOR RHINOS 1, LOS ANGELES BLUES 0
Tyler Rosenlund led the Rhinos to a 1-0 win over the Blues, scoring in the first half of the Saturday match. Rosenlund broke the deadlock at Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. in the 22nd minute, and the hosts never found an equalizer in front of the 2,432 fans in attendance. Former New York Red Bulls midfielder Irving Garcia almost assisted on the tying goal late in the first half, but striker Israel Sesay wasted one of the Blues' best opportunities to pull level.
RICHMOND KICKERS 2, CHARLESTON BATTERY 1
The Kickers picked up their first three points of the season, but it took a last-gasp goal from defender Sascha Gorres to complete their comeback effort. Gorres scored in the 90th minute to give the Kickers a 2-1 road victory over the Battery when his 30-yard effort deflected off a defender before beating goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who is on loan from D.C. United. The Battery had gone into halftime with the lead courtesy of a Nicki Paterson goal, but Richmond was able to begin its comeback with a penalty kick strike from Stanley Nyazamba in front of 4,729 supporters at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.
DAYTON DUTCH LIONS 0, CHARLOTTE EAGLES 0
Friday the 13th lived up to its name in terms of the Dutch Lions and the Eagles' ability to create goal-scoring chances, as the two teams played to a scoreless draw in the first match of Week 2. Neither side had many opportunities, with starting goalkeepers Eric Reed (Eagles) and Matthew Williams (Dutch Lions) combining for just four saves in the match played in front of a crowd of 554 at Charlotte Latin Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
USL Pro Standings
1. Orlando City (2-0-0, 6 points, +5 GD)
2. Antigua Barracuda FC (1-1-0, 3 points, +1 GD)
3. Rochester Rhino (1-0, 3 points, +1 GD)
4. Charleston Battery (1-1-0, 3 points, 0 GD)
5. Richmond Kickers (1-1-0, 3 points, 0 GD)
6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-1-0, 3 points, -1 GD)
7. Dayton Dutch Lions (0-0-1, 1 point, 0 GD)
8. Charlotte Eagles (0-1-1, 1 point, -2 GD)
9. Harrisburg City Islanders (0-0-0, 0 points, 0 GD)
10. Los Angeles Blues (0-1-0, 0 points, -1 GD)
11. Wilmington Hammerheads (0-1-0, 0 points, -3 GD)
What do you think of these results? Impressed with Orlando's win? Surprised Richmond mounted a comeback against the Battery?
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