New York City FC Vs Orlando City: 3 things we learned – Chris Mueller shines

Chris Mueller, Orlando City, New York City FC (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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REUNION, FLORIDA – JULY 14: Ruan #2 of Orlando City SC controls the ball against Ronald Matarrita #22 of New York City FC during a Group A match as part of MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 14, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

1. A surprising rivalry

When fans think of Orlando City’s rivalry games, they think of Atlanta United and now Inter Miami CF. For New York City FC, fans think of the New York Red Bulls. But NYCFC-Orlando games must be recognized for what they are: a rivalry.

To begin, many tend to overlook the competitiveness of these matches. Both teams had five wins each and four draws before Tuesday’s contest. Matches between the two sides often get heated and physical. That was noticeable here, especially in the second half. In the 77th minute, there was a bit of scuffle that led to Anton Tinnerholm lying on the ground and a yellow card for Mauricio Pereyra. In fact, there were seven yellow cards between the two sides, and that was with some lenient refereeing.

Plus, when NYCFC and Orlando meet, there is an understated aggression that underpins their matches. While that was lacking from the Pigeons at first, eventually both sides were attacking passionately throughout the game. NYCFC were down 3-1, and yet in the ten minutes of stoppage time, they played like their lives were on the line.

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The rivalry can be argued as manufactured since both clubs were new in 2015. But it has also developed naturally. There might not be hatred between the sides like other rivalries, but the extra competitive spirit during matches highlights these games will always be thrilling and fun to watch, no matter the scoreline.