Hellish descent ends with 3:2 win over Orlando
April 24, 2016

New York Orlando
Wright-Phillips 2
04.24.16 · League

It looked like deja vu. Even speaking at halftime, Jesse Marsch had to stop himself. I've said it before, he said. That he did...

The first half tonight was a carbon copy of so many first halves this season. A goal allowed because of awful defending, unable to finish, chances being wasted... But then, something happened in the second, as Metro scored three goals in a span of ten minutes to pull out a much-needed 3:2 win over Orlando.

The starting lineup was deja vu as well. After all the (eventually pointless) squad rotation last week, we got back to the basics -- the same lineup that started the season opener, with the exception of Karl Ouimette. More on him later.

Actually, more on him immediately, as three minutes in, with Kemar Lawrence and Ronald Zubar woefully out of position, it was up to Ouimette to stop Cyle Larin. We're not sure if Ouimette tried. Whatever the amount of effort was, Larin easily tapped in the game's opening goal.

The rest of the first half saw Metro trying, but not able, to break through. Bradley Wright-Phillips looked to have scored the equalizer, but was correctly called offside. Metro was getting into positions, but shots were blocked, saves were made: same old, same old, same old...

A little over an hour into the game, it was Ouimette time again. In this case, Orlando sent Larin on a breakaway, with only the much-maligned Canadian to beat. Ouimette brought down the attacker just outside in the box, with a tackle that should have been red carded. Somehow, not even a yellow was given.

And then, the floodgates opened. In the 65th, Sacha Kljestan sent a magnificent pass through the legs of defenders to find an open Mike Grella. This time, the blond didn't miss. Four minutes later, Metro won a free kick on the left side. The ball was swung to Dax McCarty into the box, who laid it off for Grella. His shot looked to be going in, but Bradley Wright-Phillips made sure of it, banging it home from close range.

In the 75th, a perfect low cross from Lloyd Sam found Wright-Phillips in front of the net, and the Englishman, who this year couldn't find the net with a flashlight, got his second in six minutes.

Ouimette's day wasn't over, as, in the 84th, he put an Orlando corner into his own net. Thankfully, the Metro lead held up until the final whistle.

As good as a victory as this was, a 2-6 record is not something to write home about. Especially since Karl Ouimette still has a major role on this team... We can use a little less of that deja vu.

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Ouimette, Zubar, Zizzo, McCarty, Martins, Kljestan, Grella, Sam, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Davis, Muyl, Duvall.

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