Cobi Span did his best Kevin Molino impression on Saturday night, scoring both of Orlando City SC’s goals in their 2-0 victory over the Montreal Impact Reserves at ESPN Wide World of Sports. With the win, the Lions (10-0-3, 33 points) extend their unbeaten streak in USL PRO to 13 games this season, one game shy of a franchise record.
The Lions dominated play for pretty much all of the 90 minutes, and even though they only locked up a one-goal victory, they had more than enough chances to win by a handful of goals.
Orlando City was without three key players — Molino, Darwin Ceren and Tommy Reddings — because of international duty, and even though it would have been nice to have them in the lineup, their absences did not stop the Lions from gaining another three points to add to their commanding lead in the USL PRO standings.
11′ Span — Orlando City jumped out to a early lead when Luke Boden found Span on a low cross inside box, finishing off easily for his second goal of the season, and first of the night.
59′ Span — Orlando took their 1-0 lead into the halftime break, but about 15 minutes into the second 45 minutes, Span doubled the lead when he took the ball from the halfway line, run up the found as he found some space to send a strike from distance at the goalkeeper that was deflected into the net. Very nice goal.
74′ Tissot — After a botched Orlando City free-kick, Montreal ran up the empty field with the ball, getting into a 3-on-1 attack against the City defense, as the ball found it’s way to Tissot, who finished easily past Miguel Gallardo.
Rest of the game and thoughts
Scary moment in the 21st minute when Yordany Alvarez went down to the ground screaming and in obvious pain. The trainers on the Orlando City bench, without hesitation, ran onto the field to attend to Alvarez. The entire ESPN WWoS went silent while Alvarez laid on the ground. Tyler Turner was even seen praying as his teammate was being treated.
The good news, though, Alvarez got up and walked off of the field under his own power. Orlando City later announced that he suffered a concussion with a irregular heartbeat. He was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests.
Orlando City held the ball for most of the game early on, and put a lot of pressure on the Montreal defense during the first half, going into halftime with 10 of their 13 shots on goal, compared to the one shot from the Impact.
The second half, though, Orlando wasn’t as sharp, as Montreal was the one playing with more of an attacking edge, getting off six shot on the half, although just two were on target, one of those being the goal.
Span had a couple of chances to go for the hat trick, not much actually materialized. He was voted the Man of the Match, and rightfully so.
Dennis Chin came into the game as a sub for Corey Hertzog in the second half. It was the first game action for Chin since injuring his hamstring during the AS Roma match back on May. So it was good to see him back on the field.
Adama Mbengue came very close to tallying a goal in the 82nd minute, as he sent a shot just barely flying past the post.
Another USL PRO match is up next, with the Orange County Blues coming into ESPN Wide World of Sports on Wednesday night for a 7:30 pm ET game.