It only seemed fitting that Orlando City’s biggest star would play the role of the hero in the club’s first game of its inaugural Major League Soccer season.
New York City FC led 1-0 heading into extra time, and it seemed as if the Lions would drop their first game in MLS. But a foul that set up a free kick just outside the box restored hope.
With just under 30 seconds into extra time of the second half, team captain Ricardo Kaká ripped a free kick that ricocheted off of New York defender Jeb Brovsky to tie the game. A full-capacity Orlando Citrus Bowl subsequently erupted, as Orlando City evaded a near first-game loss.
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