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MLS: Orlando City Falls to New England in Eastern Conference Semifinals

ORLANDO – Orlando City SC saw its historic 2020 Major League Soccer season come to an end on Sunday afternoon, falling 3-1 to the New England Revolution at Exploria Stadium in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Júnior Urso scored the lone goal for the Lions in the match, his first in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Lions finish the year after having set Club records on both sides of the ball in the regular season, averaging 1.74 goals per game in the back of the net, while conceding just 1.09 goals per game.

After a historic regular season, City would go on to win its first playoff game in its history in Round One of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs against New York City FC.

In his first year at the helm, Head Coach Oscar Pareja finished as a finalist for Sigi Schmid MLS Coach of the Year, while rookie forward Daryl Dike was a finalist for the AT&T Young Player of the Year award.

The visitors got on the board first after Tajon Buchanan drew a foul in the area to earn a penalty kick. Carles Gil then stepped up, sending Brian Rowe the wrong way to convert from the spot.

New England doubled their advantage just minutes later on the counterattack after Gil found Buchanan overlapping down the right flank. Buchanan then whipped in a cross, with a sliding Buksa’s attempt hitting off the post before Bou struck in the rebound.

The Lions halved the deficit after Nani lofted in a ball for Chris Mueller from the left side of the pitch, who was able to chest it down before being swarmed by two Revolution defenders.

After goalkeeper Matt Turner was unable to control it, Mueller poked the ball out to Urso, who was there to hit it into the open net.

The Revolution added the insurance goal late in the match with Adam Buksa flicking it back to Gil, who slotted in a through ball for Gustavo Bou in behind the City defense for the finish.

Match Notes: Júnior Urso scored his first postseason goal in MLS on the afternoon, serving as the first for City in the run of play in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Urso finishes the year with four goals for the Lions this season across all competitions. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe started in between the sticks for the Lions for the fourth time this season, the last coming on Oct. 18 against the New York Red Bulls. Kamal Miller made his first start at the back since Nov. 1 against the Montreal Impact.

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