Orlando City delivers playoff spot the hard way: “I think it’s revenge”


Asked about the greater importance of this qualification during a post-match television interview at the pitch side, Pareja claimed that “it means the club is growing”, and reserving it also required a measure of personal growth and collective at the end of what he called “a very difficult season.

While many outside observers sympathized with Video Review which knocked out Andres Perea’s potential winner against NSC, Orlando had to put aside any lingering feelings of victimization in order to carry out his mission in Canada.

“Obviously the events of last weekend were going to be contested, whoever you side is,” said Mendez, whose stunning 55th-minute punch is his first goal of the season. “So to move forward we knew in this game we had to do absolutely everything we could to get in a position to move forward – and they had to do that too. So we knew we were going to enter a game that was going to be hotly contested. So we came in with everything we had, and now we’re in the playoffs, ready to move on.

It certainly helped that the fortune that seemed to desert Orlando last week found themselves dressed in purple in Montreal. CFM saw two goals disallowed, one a clear offside call against Sunusi Ibrahim, the other a much, much closer decision against Romell Quioto – and the hapless Sunusi sort of scratched his lines on a strike at point blank in the first half.


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