He came on with 20 minutes remaining and just five minutes later he played Dom Dwyer through to pick up a secondary assist on Tesho Akindele's equalizing goal in the 75th minute to make it 2-2.
Nani, a mainstay for Portugal throughout the years, arrived in Orlando two weeks ago after making 18 appearances — 16 starts — this Portuguese league season for Sporting. Most recently, he played the first 45 minutes of Sporting's 4-2 home loss to Benfica on Feb. 3.
There were fewer surprises in Dome Torrent's NYCFC starting XI, where Alexandru Mitrita made his debut up top in the role formerly occupied now-former NYCFC hero David Villa.
The 24-year-old Mitrita, who commanded a reported $8.5 million transfer fee, set up NYCFC's second goal of the game with a seeing-eye pass to set up the scoring chance: