Jacksonville Sports Day

MLS: Orlando City SC Earns 2-1 Victory Over Intrastate Foe Inter Miami CF

ORLANDO, Fla. (FLSPORTSWIRE) – Orlando City SC (5-2-4, 19 points) earned a 2-1 victory on Saturday night over intrastate foes Inter Miami CF (2-7-2, 8 points) at Exploria Stadium.

The visit marked the first for the 2020 expansion side to downtown Orlando after opening the MLS is Back Tournament in neighboring Kissimmee on July 8.

Mauricio Pereyra had his hand in both goals for the Lions on the night, scoring the game-winner in the 69th minute. A free kick from the midfielder forced City’s first goal of the match, an own goal from Miami’s Andrés Reyes.

Chris Mueller took sole possession of second in Club history in assists during the match, earning the 15th of his career on Pereyra’s game-winner to pass former Lion Yoshi Yotún.

“Good game especially, again, the first half for us was with a lot of quality and the players imposed on the game by creating options. We came back from the first half, we didn’t want to change but I think Diego [Alonso] moved his team very well and then they started creating some challenges for us especially on the sides because he extended his lines,” said Orlando Head Coach Oscar Pareja. ” I think we had opportunities to react. When we did that, we scored the second goal and then after it was just about the derby. It was a game about two teams who are defending the state and what it means for us in beating Miami, it’s great so we want to dedicate this to the fans. We know how happy they are. That is a very, very important three points, but it gets magnified against Miami.”

The Lions took the lead after a free kick was whipped into the area from the left side by Pereyra, deflecting off the head of Inter Miami defender Reyes into the back of the net to give City the advant

Inter Miami leveled after a cross from Rodolfo Pizarro from the right flank found the head of Brek Shea in the box for the equalizer.

City quickly regained the lead after Mueller was able to fend off pressure from the Inter Miami defense long enough to tee up Pereyra at the edge of the area, whose shot hit off the post and into the back of the net.

The Lions return to Exploria Stadium to face Chicago Fire FC on Saturday, Sept. 19 to close out a three-game home stint.

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