Orlando City B plays to 1-1 draw against Fort Lauderdale in home opener

Photo Courtesy of Mark Thor / Orlando City SC
Photo Courtesy of Mark Thor / Orlando City SC

The third week of USL League One action continued for Orlando City B as they played their first ever game at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, hosting Fort Lauderdale CF in a match played to a 1-1 draw Friday night.

The Lions improved to 1-1-1 with 4 points in the season.

The match was halted in the 12th minute because of lightning around the area and play did not resume for another two and a half hours.

“I think the storm got the momentum out of us and then it took us [a little bit] to get back on it. In the first half we did good, we had the chances,” said OCB head coach Marcelo Neveleff. “In the second half, I think they [Ft. Lauderdale] were the better team on the field and we were trying to keep up.”

A deflected shot from outside the box from 16-year-old academy product Wilfredo Rivera (pictured above) opened the scoring for OCB in the 22nd minute. It was Rivera’s second goal of the season, the first coming last week in the team’s 2-0 win over New England II.

Fort Lauderdale, guided by former Orlando City Head Coach Jason Kreis, tied the game in the 39th minute when Ricky Lopez-Espin pounced on a bad clearance from OCB goalkeeper Austin Aviza,

Recent Orlando City homegrown signing Michael Halliday also started and played the full 90 minutes with OCB on Friday night.

Up next, OCB plays FC Tucson on Tuesday at Osceola Heritage Park, with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be played closed-doors.

Here’s how OCB line up

Orlando City B XI – GK Austin Aviza; D Michael Halliday, Mateo Rodas ©, Nick O’Callaghan, Thomas Williams; M Raul Aguilera (Adam Ozeri 68’), Juan Pablo Monticelli (D Jonathan Rosales 86’), Jose Quintero (Fablo Dos Santos 58’); F Wilfredo Rivera (Theodore Ndje 68’), Moises Tablante, Julian Kennedy (Aleksandar Gluvacevic 45’)

Unused Substitutes: GK Javier Otero; M Owen Guske

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