Luke Boden Shines in Dismal Orlando City Loss

Orlando City took a long plane ride to the frigid north, Toronto, for a mid week game. Coming off a powerful and dominating performance on Saturday against the Crew, I think everyone involved with Orlando City, from the front office to the players all the way to the fans, were expecting another strong performance tonight.

That would not be the case. With Kaka home in Orlando, there was a lot of opportunity for other midfielders to step up and control the middle of the field. Unfortunately Orlando City lacked that player to stand up and control the middle causing a lot of problems with their offensive attack and on the opposite end of the pitch, with their defense.

The one shining star in the rather disappointing performance tonight was Luke Boden, who scored his first MLS goal in the upper 90 to tie the game at 1-1 in the first half. Boden had a solid game on the left side providing offense and movement on the left side. He logged another 90 minute performance again tonight and his left foot crosses continued to provide a threat late in the game.

I think the story we were all hoping would happen tonight was Cyle Larin breaking the rookie scoring record in his hometown. That would not be the case as this performance was anything but stellar. The Lions will be forced to take the long flight home to the Sunshine State, recover and get back out ready to play strong again on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. We did learn one good thing tonight, Luke Boden is not only a solid defender, but knows how to put the ball in the back of the net as well.

Aug 5, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Orlando City defender Luke Boden (14) is greeted by teammates after scoring against Toronto FC in the first half at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 5, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Orlando City defender Luke Boden (14) is greeted by teammates after scoring against Toronto FC in the first half at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports