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New York City FC takes tough draw to Orlando City in the MLS Playoffs

VIDEO: New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila shares his thoughts after the club’s 1-1 tie with Orlando City SC in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Round of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs

New York City FC had themselves a brilliant season after they returned from the MLS is Back Tournament. When they returned to regular play at Red Bull Arena and at Yankee Stadium, the club regained the form that have made them such a successful club. Sadly their luck and success ran out in the MLS Playoffs, with a 1-1 Draw against Orlando City SC.

Heading into the match against Orlando the Boys in Blue were on a hot streak, as the club won four matches and playing a brilliant and aggressive brand of soccer. Somehow or the other NYCFC could not find that formula when the Playoffs come along. Orlando was able to net the first goal of the match thanks to Nani who connected on a spot-kick beating Sean Johnson to have the hosts up 1-0 early.

NYCFC would not go down without a fight though, as Maxime Chanot rose highest on a Jesus Medina corner and headed in to make it 1-1.  The Boys in Blue were able to find some great brand of soccer but Orlando SC was able to respond with a great defense, especially the play of Keeper Pedro Gallese.

Gallese was able to make some ESPN Top-10 quality saves, including one stop from an opportunity by Taty Castellanos to keep the match tied. Sean Johnson had himself some stellar play in the cage of New York City FC, responding to the play of Gallese. One of Johnson’s best moments came when he denied Nani of a brilliant opportunity.

There were plenty of opportunities on both sides of the field but neither team was able to cash in and thus the match went into the shootout period. It was Orlando City SC that was able to advance to the next round of the tournament by a final of 6-5 on PK’s and putting an end to a magical run by New York City FC.

While the Major League Soccer official play has come to an end for the Boys in Blue, there is still some soccer left to play. The guys will be back in Orlando next month for the resumption of the Concacaf Champions League where they will hope to overturn a 1-0 deficit vs. Tigres UANL in the quarterfinals.

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