Orlando City SC maintains home undefeated streak in the 2024 MLS season opener

Scoreless draw against CF Montréal marks promising start for the Lions, despite challenges faced during the opening match

Orlando City SC v Cavalry FC: First Round - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One
Orlando City SC v Cavalry FC: First Round - Concacaf Champions Cup - Leg One / Kevin Light/GettyImages

Orlando City SC kicked off their tenth season in Major League Soccer (MLS) with a goalless draw against CF Montréal, thus maintaining their impressive unbeaten record in home opening matches. The clash, which took place on Saturday night at the INTER&Co Stadium, witnessed a tense and strategic game, with both teams seeking to kickstart their campaigns early in the season.

The draw, though it may seem like a modest result, carries a significant weight for Orlando City and its supporters. Since joining the MLS in 2015, the club has shown remarkable consistency in their home performances, now accumulating a record of 3 wins, 7 draws, and no losses in opening matches at their own stadium. This record not only reflects the team's strength on their turf but also symbolizes the solid foundation upon which Orlando City has built its presence in the league over the years.

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Saturday night's game was not just a battle for three points but also a display of resilience and adaptation by the Lions. Coach Oscar Pareja highlighted the intensity of the clash, noting that his team faced difficulties in the first half to find their characteristic rhythm of play. However, after tactical adjustments at halftime, Orlando City emerged in the second half with a more recognizable performance, creating opportunities and showing signs of their distinctive style of play.

The performance of the newcomers to the team is noteworthy. Defender David Brekalo and midfielder Nico Lodeiro made their first appearances in the club's shirt, bringing with them expectations and a renewed dose of enthusiasm for the fans. Although the result wasn't a win, the debut of these players offers a glimpse of the potential that Orlando City has for the unfolding season.

Furthermore, Orlando City's defensive commitment deserves recognition. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese extended his impressive streak of home opening games without conceding goals to five consecutive matches, demonstrating his importance as an anchor in the team's defense.

As Orlando City now prepares to face Cavalry FC in the second stage of the opening round of the Concacaf Champions Cup, the draw against CF Montréal serves as a reminder of the long journey ahead in the season. Coach Pareja was quick to remind everyone that success won't come easy and that patience and determination are required to achieve the desired goals.