“Field 17, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee. That day, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ralph’s Mob were annihilated.”
Nothing went right for the Rowdies tonight as Orlando City beat them 2-0 in the final consolation game of the 2013 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic.
The errors started early, when Rowdies goalkeeper Andrew Fontein whiffed on a grab at the ball and instead tripped Jamie Watson in the penalty box, giving up a penalty kick. Watson buried it before 1′ was over.
From that point, the Lions dominated possession for vast swaths of the match, and got some good attempts in at goal. The Rowdies, who have been having offensive difficulties all tournament long, got a few shots on goal, but Miguel Gallardo had three saves, all in the second half.
A 1-0 lead is always tense, but that was relieved at 76′ when Dennis Chin broke away and struck the second goal for the Lions.
The two teams will actually kick off the I-4 Derby at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl on Saturday, March 9. But first, Orlando City resumes preseason next Saturday, hosting FIU at the Seminole Soccer Complex. Admission to our preseason games at our training facility is free. Game time is 4pm.