Nate Thornton equalized in the 90th minute to keep the Charlotte Eagles undefeated for the 2013 season (1-0-2). Orlando City got on the score sheet early in the 8th minute with Dom Dwyer heading in a Luke Boden corner. The game turned very physical after the goal, with the Charlotte Eagles earning five yellow cards and Orlando City earning two. Orlando kept pressing but was unable to score a second. Charlotte took full advantage of Orlando inability to seal the deal and equalized after an Orlando defensive blunder. The result is a positive one for Charlotte as their record against Orlando improved to 0-3-2. The Eagles next play the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at home on April 26th.
With Orlando preparing to perhaps become a new MLS franchise, they were certainly the favorites heading into their Tuesday night clash with the Charlotte Eagles. Last season, Orlando City beat the Eagles twice, and ultimately went on to win the USL Pro regular season. In fact, for the past two seasons Orlando City has been one of the strongest and most consistent sides, winning the regular season twice and also winning the Championship Series in 2011. Orlando is also benefiting from the USL’s partnership with the MLS. Sporting KC has lent Orlando City 4 players: Christian Duke, Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, and Yann Songo. All four players have accumulated a number of starts, serious minutes, and all have had a tremendous impact in the games Orlando City have played.
Charlotte should certainly be happy with their 1-1 result. The Eagles have not benefited from USL’s partnership with MLS, to date, and for the past three season the Eagles have failed to qualify for the playoffs. This year, Charlotte is looking to turn things around and with tonight’s result, they have made a step in the right direction.
With the draw, Orlando City movies into 1st place after 5 games and 10 points in the USL Pro league. Charlotte, having played only 3 games, moves in 6th with 5 points.