On a soggy humid night in Orlando, the New England Revolution saw their unbeaten run stopped at five in a 2-1 loss to Orlando City SC in extra time at Exploria Stadium on Wednesday night. The defeat concludes the Revs' US Open Cup run in the round of 16.
The game's opening stanza was active with both teams having chances. This soon gave way to a lull that lasted until the half.
There there more chances in the second half, including a Teal Bunbury backheel attempt that occurred in the 75th minute. Not to be outdone, Tesho Akindele smashed the post in the 86th minute with a stinging shot. Still, neither team could find a breakthrough, which led to extra time.
Benji Michel put away a rebound in the 96th minute to give the home time the lead. Orlando doubled their lead in the 101st minute when Akindele hit a shot that deflected off a Revs defender to catch Matt Turner wrong-footed.
The Revs did battle back, getting a goal from Justin Rennicks. The rookie's first professional goal was a beautiful header off of a Carles Gil cross in the 117th minute
The final moments were chaotic, as the Revs pushed for an equalizer. Juan Fernando Caicedo was just off target with a header at the 120 mark, and Antonio Delamea nodded his header over the crossbar soon after. Caicedo had one last chance after a scramble in the box, but Orlando came up with the stop to hang on for the 2-1 victory.
While the loss is disappointing, the Revs continued to show heart that was nowhere to be found just a few short weeks ago. Rennicks showed what fans hope to see more of, following up his U-20 World Cup heroics with another goal in a big moment. As we approach the summer transfer window it will be interesting to see what moves New England will make, it’s clear that they could still benefit from someone who can consistently finish and really capitalize on the creative play of Gil in the midfield.
Orlando City will host NYCFC on July 10th in the US Open Cup Quarterfinal, while the Revs head home to await their next league game against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday June 26.