May 29, 2016
Lions rally from two goals down to tie NYC FC 2-2
NEW YORK CITY FC 2, ORLANDO CITY SC 2
|Kevin Molino's stoppage-time goal lifted Orlando City SC into a 2-2 tie with New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
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BRONX, NY--Kevin Molino's gutsy header on the last play of the game lifted Orlando City SC into an unlikely 2-2 tie with New York City FC Sunday before 25,039 at Yankee Stadium.
The Lions were in the hole for much of the match after an alert set-piece strike by Frederic Brillant in the 42nd minute and sublime chip by David Villa in the 66th, both goals set up by Andrea Pirlo. But things started to go sour for NYC in the 70th minute, when Villa lost his footing during a penalty kick and sent the ball looping into the stands. Two minutes later, Julio Baptista opened his MLS scoring account for Orlando City to make it a one-goal game.
As stoppage time was expiring, Molino charged in from the top of the box to just outside the six-yard box, leaned in over Baptista, who was teeing up a bicycle kick, and sent a perfectly-timed bullet header past netminder Josh Saunders to level the score.
NYC FC (4-4-6) has won only once in eight games at the stadium with a league-worst 1-2-5 at home. Orlando, which played without Kaka, who was with Brazil preparing for Copa America Centenario, moved to 3-3-7.
NYC FC opened the scoring in the 42nd minute on a play that originated from a Pirlo corner. An open RJ Allen trapped the ball on the left side of the area. He looped a cross to Brillant, who headed past netminder Joe Bendik from point-blank range from the far right post and a 1-0 City advantage.
Villa doubled the hosts' lead in the 66th minute. A long pass from Pirlo found him open and the striker raced into the box before chipping Bendik from 16 yards for a two-goal advantage.
Three minutes later the Spaniard could have boosted City into a 3-0 lead on a penalty kick that was awarded to the hosts after Hines handled the ball in the box. On the ensuing PK, Villa slipped as he just got to the ball and blooped a high ball well over the bar.
NYC FC could have used that breathing room as Baptista pulled one back for the visitors in the 72nd minute as he converted a Kevin Molino feed from the top of the area to slice the deficit to 2-1.