Nani cried after Orlando’s elimination in MLS playoffs against Revolution

Orlando City SC was eliminated in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, at home, at the hands of New England Revolution 1-3. According to his teammate Junior Urso, the star of the team, Luis Nani, cried at the defeat of the lions.

“Nani made a mistake, he did not score the penalty, but he is our leader, we believe in him. When he left the game, he cried, ”said Brazilian midfielder Junior Urso. “This player is wonderful, he missed the penalty, but he is my family, we are together, we win together and we lose together.”

When the Orlando team was down 1-2 and with 10 men due to the expulsion of Mauricio Pereyra, an unbeatable opportunity presented itself for the home team. At minute 74 ‘a penalty was scored in favor of the lions, which would have meant a tie at 2. The captain and most experienced player took the ball to collect the maximum penalty, however, Nani missed his shot which was well saved by goalkeeper Matt Turner.

“I am happy for what this team has given me. They made me believe that I could win a league again, even at my age. That is why tonight it was so difficult to lose and the more I missed the penalty that allowed us to draw. We must take the best things of the season, the future will give us better days than today. We must continue together, even with 10 men we show that we are a team of great character, ”said Nani, a 34-year-old former Manchester United player.

The statistics were not in favor of Nani in terms of penalty charges. Since his arrival in Orlando for the 2019 season, the Portuguese midfielder has collected 9 penalties in regular time and scored 5. In the three most recent direct elimination scenarios, he has missed. In the summer during the MLS Is Back tournament, Nani failed in regulation time in the 4th finals against LAFC, but he vindicated himself in that same game by scoring his penalty charge that defined the key in that way. On the contrary, in the previous key of these playoffs against NYCFC, Nani opened the scoring just at minute 5 ‘from eleven steps, but failed to collect in the penalty shoot-out that defined the crossing. On Sunday, he failed again in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“We were definitely hurt by the failure,” said Orlando coach Oscar Pareja. “We as coaches say that in that scenario we should have put someone else to charge. But Nani has shown the personality, has taken responsibility, we have trained and we have done it. There are always three people in charge of the collections. At that moment he did it, we gave him the responsibility. It is something that now, of course, we think that maybe we could do differently due to the statistics, but Nani had the confidence of all ”.

Despite the painful elimination, Orlando City sealed its best season. It was the first time in five years of history that they qualified for the postseason and also won a playoff game. It all happened in Oscar Pareja’s first year at the helm of the lions, who also led them to the final of the MLS Is Back tournament.


Miami beats Orlando 2-1 and maintains postseason aspirations

With a header from Leandro González Pirez, Inter Miami CF won at the last minute an important victory, 2-1, over Orlando City SC, which keeps them hopeful of continuing in contention for a playoff spot.

The technician’s team Diego Alonso He had the Mexican Rodolfo Pizarro back, who rejoined the attack after keeping the forced quarantine after fulfilling his commitments with the Mexican National Team a couple of weeks ago, and also a sector of fans who witnessed the match from the stands, where they also Gonzalo Higuaín was there, who did not participate in the game due to suspension.

Inter Miami had some problems early in the game to establish their defensive play, Orlando took advantage of it to put pressure on attack and had returns early in the game. In the 12th minute, Daryl Dike found assistance from Antônio Carlos in the center of the area and put the visitors ahead with a left-footed shot that sent the ball deep into the goal.

Diego Alonso made adjustments on the court and balanced forces with respect to the rival; the actions were intense back and forth, and both teams had dangerous arrivals at the rival goal. In the last minute of the first half, Miami threatened Orlando’s goal; Lewis Morgan missed a shot and Pizarro a second, Blaise Matuidi finished off with his left foot inside the area, the shot crashed into the body of Robin Jansson, the ball just barely passed the goal line and the equalizer was counted as an own goal by Jansson.

In the second half, the home team turned off the intensity of its rival, Oscar Pareja’s team gave up spaces on the court and was less effective against the rival who also found no way to hurt. Alonso adjusted his pieces again for the final stretch of the match.

At 89 ‘, after a corner kick, Leandro González Pirez headed in, scored his first goal for the franchise, solved the Florida classic and keeps Miami with postseason aspirations.


Most valuable player in Ecuador next to Sornoza: Alvarado on loan to Orlando City

14.10.2020 – 11:02
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Market value update LigaPro Serie A

After the end of the Primera Etapa of LigaPro Serie A, which LDU Quito won, and the start of Segunda Etapa, Transfermarkt updated the market values ​​in Ecuador. The most valuable player in the league is LDU playmaker Júnior Sornoza, despite a devaluation from 2.8 to 2 million euros.

The offensive man on loan from Corinthians São Paulo could not completely put his stamp on the game Quitos, was directly involved in seven goals in 18 games. In addition to Sornoza, the market value of the 21-year-old Alexander Alvarado rises again to 2 million euros. The offensive talent, also courted in Europe, changes on loan from SD Aucas to Orlando City SC in the MLS. The “Lions” also secured a purchase option after the 2020 season.






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Jurgen Damm makes Major League Soccer debut in Atlanta loss

Orlando City beat Atlanta United 3-1 this Saturday, during the debut of Mexican Jurgen Damm with the coach’s team Stephen Glass. Damm played the last minutes of the game, after entering as a change in the second half, while Erick Torres started the game on the bench.

Orlando took the lead in the 13th minute. Júnior Urso headed in from the center of the area with an assist from Chris Mueller and made it 1-0 in favor of the visitors. The Florida team increased the lead to 35 ‘, it was Mueller who scored the second goal with a serve from Benji Michel.

Cubo Torres left the bench in the complementary part, at 60 ‘, replacing Adam Jahn.

Atlanta approached 83 ‘, with a goal from Brooks Lennon, for which he received service from Mexican Jurgen Damm in his debut with, at 79’, as a change from Eric Remedi; but neither he nor Torres had enough time for Atlanta to sign the comeback.

At 86 ‘, Orlando cooled any chance of the rival with a score of Nani that sealed the victory 3-1.

Before the match, players from both teams dropped to one knee and raised their fists in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.


Orlando City did not know in time of suspension, says coach

Had it had “all the information and at the right time” about what happened in the United States sports day, on Wednesday, Orlando City SC, would not have played against Nashville SC, in the only Major League Soccer game held in the historic day the country’s sport stopped to protest racial inequity.

This was explained by the Florida club coach, Oscar Pareja, in a conference call held this Thursday.

“I understand that maybe some people think we shouldn’t have played,” said Pareja. “I think we would have. I think we just wouldn’t have played the game if we had all the information and a good time. We didn’t know everything.

“We support their reactions and I totally agree with the fact that the teams did not want to play to raise their voices. We support and are part of that,” added Pareja.

Of the six games scheduled Wednesday night, Orlando City’s home game against Nashville SC, scheduled to open the day, was the only one played. The other five were postponed when MLS players joined other professional athletes in protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last Sunday.

The suspensions began Wednesday afternoon when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to come out on the floor for their NBA playoff game against Orlando. In addition to the MLS and NBA, several WNBA and MLB games on Wednesday were also postponed.

Pareja noted that he fully supports the actions of the players and other teams to postpone their matches. He also understands some of the social media criticism Orlando has received for the decision to play.

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MLS is back tournament: Portland Timbers take on Orlando City in the final

07.08.2020 – 22:25
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Corona-related replacement

After the semi-finals of the “MLS-is-Back” tournament have been played, the final of the corona-related replacement tournament has been decided: The Portland Timbers will meet Orlando City SC next Wednesday.

The Portland Timbers were able to secure their participation in the final with a 2-1 win over Philadelphia Union. Jeremy Ebobisse scored the lead for the Oregon team in the 13th minute. Sebastián Blanco made it 2-0 20 minutes before the end of the game. The follow-up goal by former second division player Andrew Wooten in the 85th minute was from Philadelphia’s point of view only cosmetic.

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€ 26.60 million

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26.08 Mio. €


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The Orlando City SC moved into the final at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex after a 3-1 win against Minnesota United. Ex-Manchester United professional Nani brought his team onto the road to victory with a brace in the first half. Mason Toye’s first goal just before the end of the game for Minnesota equalized Orlando attacker Benji Michel in the sixth minute of stoppage time.






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“Nani is a Lion”: European champion moves from Sporting to Orlando City

In nominal terms, he’s a great new addition to me. I would like to be careful when comparing him to Kaká, who fought sacrificially for Orlando, but he could play a similar role. I also consider him to be an ideal addition to the rest of the squad, especially Dominic Dwyer and, in terms of play, a stronger commitment than Kaká was.

Overall, it will probably be tight again for Orlando City SC to reach the finals. Nani will possibly be able to spark a new euphoria in the team and the environment, which would at least be urgently needed to take a first step in the direction in which one would like – to become a regular participant in the play-offs.

A second step would have been to further strengthen the team. This did not happen. On the contrary: with Joe Bendik, last year’s regular goalkeeper, they gave up the best player for Orlando last season. Someone who believed in victory or equalization even in the last second and sprinted out of the goal, sometimes screaming, to accompany the defender he had just played, to bundle the last reserves of strength and to motivate him to hit a wide, good ball . The jolt that sometimes went through the stadium again was really unbelievably intense.

Be that as it may, Nani is an excellent newcomer who will not find it easy to lead Orlando to the desired goal – the first participation in the MLS play-offs in the club’s history.


Official: Dwyer is moving to Orlando

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What Orlando gives for Dwyer is of course really awesome.

1.6 million in general and targeted allocation money. If you compare that to recent trades, Dwyer has roughly the equivalent of Dax McCarty + Kevin Molino + Kekuta Manneh + AJ Delagarza.

If SKC uses that well, you can strengthen the team extremely. From the Orlando perspective, that’s the least I can understand. With Larin you have a good goal getter (even if he probably wants to go away himself and has only made negative headlines recently) and on the offensive with Rivas, Barnes, Kaka, Johnson you are already well cast.

It’s not the case that Dwyer is the all-over top striker in the MLS.

Even if it was a few days ago, I still want to reply to your comment.

Yes, Orlando pays a lot of money for Dwyer. But it’s definitely worth the money.
Dwyer is incredibly consistent. With him it is actually certain that he will perform well and that costs a lot.
In addition, the league is slowly developing.
I think that the transfer fees will go in that direction in the future.
You shouldn’t forget that in previous transfers there were always draft picks, intl. roster spots etc. were there. They are also worth something

But as I said, the replacement of Dwyers will, I think, usher in a new “age”.
You can see that the transfer fees are increasing by the amount of transfer fees that are rejected.
Accam is currently at 3 million as you can hear. At Nagbe, people only started listening from 3.5 million.
Even if these are transfer requests from abroad, it still shows that the MLS is now at a corresponding level.
And the transfers within the league are becoming more expensive.

I can absolutely understand that Orlando Dwyer of all people got himself.
For one, Dwyer knows the organization. He had already played for Orlando in 2013.
Plus, it’s only a matter of time before the offensive you’ve enumerated breaks away.
Larin will have been with Orlando the longest. At some point they will no longer be able to refuse the offers. At Kaká it looks like he’ll end his career at the end of the season.
Barnes and Rivas are both lagging behind their expectations.