Orlando City launched the scoring very fast, then made their statement at the death with a 3-1 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders.
The Lions got their first goal very quick, at Demar Stewart knocked in a corner kick by Jack Traynor from right in front of the goal at 2′. From there, they got into their typical routine of controlling the pitch without actually following through on their opportunities, taking their 1-0 lead to halftime.
Max Griffin finally made his return as a sub at 61′ and bolstered the attack, but a defensive mistake led to a goal by Harrisburg’s Stephen Basso at 80′, ending Miguel Gallardo’s scoreless streak at 385 minutes.
It seemed the game would end in another draw, with four points dropped on the road trip. But Lawrence Olum fed a cross to Max Griffin, who knocked in his sixth goal of the season to take the lead at 90′. Shortly thereafter, Harrisburg gave up a penalty in stoppage time, and Lewis Neal knocked the PK in at 90+2′ to seal the deal.
Miguel Gallardo had his usual brilliant goalkeeping play, with three saves. Shots were even at 10-10, but City had 9 offsides.
City comes home this Wednesday night, May 25, to host the Richmond Kickers. Game time has been changed to 7:30pm. This is the military tribute night, with 2-for-1 tickets to anybody who shows military ID at the box office, and free admission to ROTC cadets.
Stoke City dropped their last game of the season to Wigan Athletic, 1-0. The win saved Wigan from relegation, guaranteeing them an 8th straight season in the Premier League. Stoke ends the season in 13th place.
Birmingham City lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur, giving up the final goal at the death. Blackpool led twice, but an own goal put them down for good to lose 4-2 to Manchester United. Blackpool, Birmingham City and West Ham United were all relegated to Football League Championship.
Wolves lost to Blackburn Rovers, 3-2, but their two late goals gave them a high-enough goal differential that Blackpool and Birmingham City draws would have saved them anyway.