U23s Match Recap: 7.10.12 vs. IMG Bradenton
Despite 3-1 loss, Orlando still controls own destiny for playoff spot - must win remaining two matchesMisconduct Summary:
IMG- Ryan Thompson Yellow (Unsporting Behavior) 15
ORL- Moses Aduny - Yellow (Unsporting Behavior) 59
IMG- Nicolas Russo - Yellow (Unsporting Behavior) 87
ORL- McKauley Tulloch (Sam Fairhurst) 15
IMG- Milo Kapur (Jarod Stigall ) 22
IMG- Milo Kapur (Lister Warren) 25
IMG-Milo Kapur (Jarod Stigall) 69
Orlando City Brendan Moore, Joseph Toby, Will Fransden, Sean Reynolds, Oumar Diakhite, Jonathan Mendoza (Johan Bergfeld 79), Sam Fairhurst (Verneri Valimaa 78), Alexander MacDonald (Nicolas Russo 84), Anthony Arico (Gonzalo DeMujica 81), Moses Aduny (Ryan Griffin 70), McKauley Tulloch
Substitutes not used: Charles Sanders, David Graydon
IMG Bradenton Academics Ryan Thompson (Andrew Hoffer 46), Mike Kutscher, James Aldred, Edward Estrada (Konrad Kucharski 89), Jon Eckford, Heiko Eberhardt, Jarod Stigall (Cody Steven Adams 85), Milo Kapor, Tomo Kinoshita, Pat Toh (Marcos Ugarte 72), Lister Warren (Margo Lobo 85)
Substitutes not used: T.J. Roehn, Johnny Campbell
Time of Game 7:12 p.m.
Orlando, Fla. In an important match between two playoff hopefuls, the Orlando City U23s fell to visiting IMG Bradenton Academics 3-1 at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday night. The loss puts the U23s in the third spot in the Southeast Division with two games to go in the regular season. Orlando can still secure a spot in the playoffs by winning their remaining two matches on Friday and Sunday.
Orlando (7-3-4, 25 points) caught IMG (7-5-2, 26 points) on their back foot early on after a breakaway from Sam Fairhurst and McKauley Tulloch. Fairhurst found Tulloch streaking down the middle of the pitch, beating the Academics backline. Right before he made a hard collision with IMG Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, Tulloch floated a shot up and over the oncoming keeper, with the ball slowly rolling into the net to give Orlando the early 1-0 lead.
IMG responded to the U23s early goal with two scores of their own in the 22nd and 25th minutes. The equalizer came after Defender Will Fransden took down an IMG forward just outside the 18 yard box, resulting in a free kick. Academics Midfielder Jarod Stigall found a leaping Milo Kapor, who found the back of the net with a header to level the match at 1-1.
Three minutes later, Bradenton added to their lead. Kapor again scored for IMG, but with the assist this time coming from Forward Lister Warren. Warren found an unmarked Kapor outside the 6 yard box, who blasted in a shot past Orlando Goalkeeper Brendan Moore to put the Academics up 2-1.
IMG continued to build their lead in the second half as Milo Kapur secured a hat trick in the 69th minute. Despite defending well near goal, poor set piece play once again led to a Bradenton score. The StigallKapor connection struck again, with Kapor heading in the corner to give his club the 3-1 advantage and victory.
The loss puts the U23s in third place in the Southeast Division with two games left in the regular season. Even though IMG is currently ahead, Orlando has one match in hand and is still in control of their own destiny. If the U23s win-out their remaining two matches, theyll secure a playoff spot as the second seed in the Southeast Division.
Citys next match is this Friday, July 13th against the VSI Tampa Flames at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The visiting Flames are currently positioned in fourth place in the Southeast with a record of 6-5-3 and 21 points. Admission to the match is free as the U23s celebrate fan appreciation day during their last home match of the regular season.
For more information on Fridays match against VSI Tampa, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com. Be sure to also follow the U23s Twitter account @OrlandoCityU23s for all your up to the minutes updates regarding Orlando Citys PDL club.