Jacksonville Sports Day

Lions Drop First Decision of 2021, Fall on Road to New York Red Bulls

HARRISON, N.J. – Orlando City SC (3-1-3, 12 points) saw its unbeaten run to start 2021 come to a halt on Saturday afternoon, with the Lions falling 2-1 on the road at the New York Red Bulls (3-4-0, 9 points).

The home side built up a two-goal lead that lasted much of the match, however Orlando newcomer Silvester van der Water capitalized in the 84th minute to score his first goal as a Lion, one that also ended the Red Bulls shutout bid.

Homegrown defender Mikey Halliday earned his professional debut on the afternoon, coming from a start at outside back, and went on to play a total of 63 minutes.

Both Orlando and New York wore their 2021 PRIMEBLUE jerseys, which were made from 50% Parley Ocean Plastic yarn. A selection of the Lions’ game worn kits will be auctioned off by the Orlando City Foundation with proceeds going to environment and sustainability efforts.

The Lions head into a three-week break, next slated to face Toronto FC for the second time in three matches on June 19. That match will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET

CITY NOTES: Following a four-month loan spell, English Championship side Barnsley F.C. has elected to not exercise the purchase option on forward Daryl Dike, with his rights returning to Orlando City SC today. Dike is currently with the U.S. Men’s National team and is expected to return to the Club following international duty.

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