Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday MLS: Orlando takes a loud step towards playoffs

New York Red Bulls 2-5 Orlando City
Orlando City walked into the Red Bull Arena as major underdogs in need of three points to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They got just that with a resounding victory over the Red Bulls.

Cyle Larin's hat trick led the way as the rookie striker has set the MLS record for rookie goal scoring. He scored first in the 24th, then again in the 43rd, and finally in the 61st on his way to a man of the match performance.

Dax McCarty levelled for the Red Bulls five minutes after the first Larin goal, but the rookie's second nullified that effort. Just after the second half began, Damien Perrinelle put in an own goal to make it 3-1 to Orlando. Lloyd Sam pulled one back for New York in the 58th, but Larin's hat trick put the match out of rea. Bryan Rochez added the fifth just for fun in second half stoppage time.

Orlando still needs a pretty epic Montreal collapse in order to make the post season in the inaugural season. At the moment, they are four points back of the Impact, with two fewer games remaining. The Red Bulls, who already have their playoff spot locked up, are a point ahead of Columbus with two games in hand at the top of the East. Their main fight will be securing one of the two first round bye slots, which they should be able to take care off without much trouble, even with this defeat.

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