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Orlando City aim to keep building momentum vs. NYCFC

Field Level Media
25 Jul 2021, 06:55 GMT+10

Orlando City SC aim to gather momentum on Sunday evening when they visit New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.

The Lions (7-3-4, 25 points) hit a home run in their last outing on Thursday, snapping a three-match winless streak (0-2-1) with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.

Andres Perea scored his second goal in his last three matches, and Benji Michel also tallied for Orlando City.

"It's a fantastic win in a very difficult game in front of our fans," Lions coach Oscar Pareja said. "We wanted them to enjoy another victory after a period where we have been suffering a lot, trying to get the squad healthy and trying to get everybody back."

Mauricio Pereyra set up both goals to push his team-leading assist total to six. He also set up one of captain Nani's team-leading seven goals this season in the first encounter with visiting NYCFC on May 8, however Valentin Castellanos converted a penalty kick in 77th minute as the clubs battled to a 1-1 draw.

Like Orlando City, NYCFC (6-5-2, 20 points) also ended a recent rough patch by emerging victorious in their last contest. The club answered a pair of 2-1 setbacks with a 1-0 victory over CF Montreal on Wednesday in Harrison, N.J.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored his fifth goal of the season after converting a long feed from goalkeeper Luis Barraza in the 29th minute.

"The pass was really, really good. I didn't expect that from him," NYCFC coach Ronny Deila said of Barraza, per Newsday. "I knew he had a good kick on the ball, but he could go in the NFL with this kick."

Let's table the NFL talk for a moment. For now, Barraza's responsibilities remain with NYCFC, as he has been called upon in three straight matches while starting goalkeeper and captain Sean Johnson is with the U.S. men's national team during the Gold Cup.

Jesus Medina leads NYCFC with six goals on the season.

--Field Level Media

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