The pair entered on either side of 69 minutes as subs following surprising omissions from the starting XI, then combined down the left to set up Tesho Akindele's 75th minute equalizer. That goal followed Chris Mueller's 59th-minute strike on a free kick to cut the deficit in half after the hosts trailed by two at halftime.
Ebenezer Ofori opened the scoring with a blistering low strike from distance and Alexander Ring doubled NYCFC's lead just before the break when he finished off a devastating pass from Cityzen debutant Alexandru Mitrita.
- 13 - NYC - Ebenezer Ofori | WATCH
- 45 - NYC - Alex Ring | WATCH
- 59' - ORL - Chris Mueller | WATCH
- 75' - ORL - Tesho Akindele | WATCH
MOMENT OF THE MATCH:
His debut as Orlando's newest
came later than nearly everyone at Orlando City Stadium would've expected, but when Nani finally made his entrance in the 70th minute, the roar that greeted the Portuguese former Manchester United star was deafening.