One game in 100 words (or less): Orlando City SC played the first half well in terms of controlling possession but their chances on goal were slim. The second half came about, and it was the same story. In the end, Orlando only registered one shot on target but held onto the ball and dictated the flow of the game at midfield. And although Vancouver did not fare much better throughout the match, the scoring quality of Octavio Rivero, who may be the new Kenny Miller for the Caps, shone through in the waning minutes to conclude the game in amazing fashion.
Vancouver: Octavio Rivero 90’+6′
Three moments that mattered
90’ + 6’ — Rivero cements breathtaking end — It was his third goal in three games and his second late winner. Rivero’s hero status in Vancouver could rise to new heights over the course of the season if his scoring, which was on display when he performed in the Chilean Primera Division, persists. The crafty Pedro Morales was the assister, and Rivero applied the diving header to send the happy Caps back north with three points.
35’ — Rivero clangs the crossbar— Rivero has served as Vancouver’s dynamic attacker up front to supplement Carl Robinson’s talented midfield, and when defender Kendall Waston flicked a header to the Uruguayan in the box, the forward smashed a right-footed volley on the doorstep that sped and banged off the crossbar. Orlando goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was completely saved by the iron, and Rivero, shocked at his missed opportunity, plunged his head into his hands.
58’ — Kaka curls in set piece, Ribeiro hits it high — Kaka displayed one of his strongest traits with a well-delivered set piece into the middle of the penalty area, and while it was up for grabs, Ribeiro located himself in the opportune area. Nonetheless, the five-yard box was crowded, and the former Philadelphia Union standout could definitely feel the pressure. His headed effort soared over the crossbar. The Citrus Bowl supporters had witnessed another example of finishing inefficiency.
Orlando: Donovan Ricketts; Rafael Ramos, Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Brek Shea; Amobi Okugo, Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molino, Kaka, Eric Avila; Pedro Ribeiro (Cyle Larin 72′)
Vancouver: David Ousted; Steven Beitashour, Kendall Waston, Diego Rodriguez, Sam Adekugbe (Jordan Harvey 75′); Matias Laba, Gershon Koffie, Nicolas Mezquida (Nicolas Mezquida 67′), Pedro Morales, Kekuta Manneh (Erik Hurtado 67′); Raul Octavio Rivero