That very well could have been the wackiest final minutes of play in Pizza Hut Park history. Two goals in the final seconds saw Orlando City SC tie the game then to only lose it when Milton Rodriguez headed home the game winner for FC Dallas.
The win advances FC Dallas into a July 12, U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal matchup against MLS rival Real Salt Lake. Pizza Hut Park will also play host to that match, which is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. CT.
It was a back and forth game that saw Orlando score early. Dallas battled back with a goal from Jackson Goncalves and then a go-ahead goal from RIcardo Villar. But it was Rodriguez that ended up with the late game winner in the 94th minute.
(Read on for quotes, stats and more)
Villar was solid. You can tell this guy has been waiting to see his time on the field. He certainly made the most of it as he helped set up a few scoring chances in the match for Dallas before scoring on a free kick. The Open Cup is certainly where he'll see plenty of playing time as he's not defensive enough in my book to play large minutes in league play.
Seven starters starting. It was nice to see Schellas Hyndman pull out the big guns for this one and use seven of the 11 guys that started the game against Portland last weekend. It shows that Hyndman wants to win this tournament. Dallas was one of a few MLS teams to use mostly starters last night. Only Columbus failed to advance last night from the MLS circles.
Orlando is a quality side. Tip your hat to the Lions, they're good. To grab the lead on the road and then to battle back late like they did shows a lot of courage out of this team. Not to mention this was their forth game in eight days and their coach said they've traveled over 3000 miles in that time. Wow. Kudos to them.
ORL - Max Griffin (Kevin Molino, Lewis Neal) 24
DAL - Jackson (Ricardo Villar) 39
DAL - Ricardo Villar 50
ORL - Yordany Alvarez 90+
DAL - Milton Rodriguez 90+
ORL - Jerome Mechack (caution; reckless foul) 59
ORL - Max Griffin (caution; reckless foul) 61
ORL - Jack Traynor (caution; reckless foul) 68
ORL -Jamie Watson (caution; tactical foul) 72
FC Dallas - Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd (Bruno Guarda 68), Ugo Ihemelu, Andrew Wiedeman, Jair Benitez, Bobby Warshaw, Andrew Jacobson (Eric Alexander 46), Ricardo Villar, Jackson, Brek Shea, Ruben Luna (Milton Rodriguez 52).
TOTAL SHOTS: 17; SHOTS ON GOAL: 10; FOULS: 6; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 7
Orlando City SC - Miguel Gallardo, Jack Traynor (Jamie Watson 69), Demar Stewart, Rob Valentino, Jerome Mechack, Erik Ustruck, Lawrence Olum, Yordany Alvarez, Lewis Neal, Max Griffin, Kevin Molino (Dennis Chin 79).
Substitutes Not Used: Sean Kelley, Luke Boden, Justin Fojo, Charlie Campbell.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 5; FOULS: 15; OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 3
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee's Assistants: Greg Boles, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official: Jorge Luna Hernandez
Weather: Fair, 95 degrees
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
"I think the game was what I expected. This is such a big game for (Orlando City). It's so huge for their league to play an MLS team and (possibly) beat them on the road. So, we knew how serious they were. They scored early. We came back and scored the next goal, then came back with that second goal. I think Jackson again showed a lot of spark. Then, with four minutes in extended time, they scored with about two minutes left, and I said to the players a lot of teams would have found a way to give up. You're frustrated. Your energy is down. You can't believe they scored and no one really steps up at the end. And I really thought that these guys, again, going back to that "Refuse to Lose" mentality from last year, found a way to score. I think we made it a lot harder on ourselves than we probably needed it to be, but we also took this game quite seriously. When you look at the players we had on the field, this is a very serious competition for us. Anything with our owner's name on it should be serious. I'm really happy with the boys."
FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar
"I think our team played well until maybe the 75th and then we let down a little bit. We were too comfortable sitting 2-1, which is dangerous, and they made us pay for it. And then I said to Brek, we're going forward, try to get this back now because with another 30 minutes, people are cramping. For a couple of guys who don't play so often, it was tough, but we went at it and got rewarded with the goal at the end."
FC Dallas defender Ugo Ihemelu
"They're a good team. I think they're first in their league. We watched video on them and they move the ball around really well. We did well to keep possession a lot in the first half and got some opportunities that we put away. You've got to give them credit on that last goal they scored, it was a quality goal in stoppage time. After they scored that one, it's easy for you to put your head down and be like, alright, now we're going to overtime. But, it just showed the character of this team that we kept going until the last whistle, and then got great service from Jackson and Milton had the composure to put it away. It just shows our character."
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath
"Well that was our fourth game in eight days, and in that time we have traveled 3,000 miles, so I think our players can be proud of what they have done. Certainly the effort they put in I could never fault and I thought at times we played some good futbol. Overall I am disappointed we lost the game in the way that we did. All of our players know that they can play with very good players and play against really good opposition and the one good thing is we can take some positives out of it. I keep talking about the little things and they make a big difference. The higher up you go the little things make the biggest difference and that's how we came up short tonight."
Orlando City forward Max Griffin
"I felt like I was making good runs the whole first half, putting pressure on their defenders. Lewis Neal played a good ball across and Kevin Molino got a good head on it. I made sure I was in the right spot at the right time, and fortunately for me it was a goal. I feel like we put the effort in. It was a hard fought game. We've got to put this behind us and focus on the league now. It definitely gives us the confidence that we can compete at this level. We have played these teams before and we have gotten results against a couple teams so we know we can match their level or even surpass them. It gives us a lot of confidence in our league."