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  • Writer's pictureDan Berridge

Analysis: Inter Fort Lauderdale (h). At Last... A Clean Sheet.

I'm not normally somebody who is over the moon at a 0-0 draw.

Particularly at home.

But... THANK GOD. We have been hemorrhaging goals like crazy this season. Orlando were boosted by the absence of Fort Lauderdale's star man. What's his name again? Lionel Richie?

Still, this was an attack that contained Luis Suarez, so it wasn't toothless (LOL). And after the indignation of that humiliating defeat in Fort Lauderdale, it was important for Orlando to regain a modicum of self-respect.

All any of us wanted in this game, was a bit of fight. I don't think any honest Orlando City fan expected to beat Fort Lauderdale. As much as it pains me to admit, they're far better than us on the field this season. The win in Philly was the ideal filip for what's been a truly tumultuous season, but as happy as I was with a draw here... Our shortcomings are painfully obvious.

This season hasn't been great.

It's been shit, not to put too fine a point on it.

I just wanted us to not get hammered, honestly.

And that's what happened.

What we did well

In an attacking sense... Not a lot to be honest. We did very little to impose ourselves on the game. We created no big chances of note and we didn't do very well in terms of possession (figure 1). It was a pretty drab affair overall.

Not one for the neutrals.

Defensively, we were much better though. I mean, it's not like we could get much worse is it? We limited Fort Lauderdale to an overall XG of 0.6. They only had 7 shots, but still had the better of the chances.

Still, the shape was better. We got away with one when Pedro Gallese bailed us out by denying Suarez early doors. We also did well recovering the ball by making interceptions in key areas (figure 2).

Figure 1 shows some key attacking statistics (Orlando left).

Figure 2 shows Orlando's interception positioning matrix.

Another flat attacking performance

I don't understand it. We sometimes look like a team of strangers this season. There's no attacking cohesion. We're very predictable and one dimensional. We have changed shape recently, with a back 3. But let's be honest, that's a symptom of circumstance. Pareja doesn't have an extensive tactical repertoire. He rarely switches things up.

I still can't work out what the game plan is. And that's concerning.

I'm beginning to get quite frustrated with how this season is panning out. We're not fun to watch. I don't see the team that threatened to romp towards MLS Cup in the second half of last season. We finished on 63 points last season. With our current PPG we get another 32.78 points (let's round up), so 33. That would give us 46. Last season that just, barely, squeezes is into the play-in round.

That's it.

Top player

Pedro Gallese

It'd be disingenuous of me to say anyone played particularly well, but El Pulpo made a vital save to deny Suarez after 3 minutes. He's come under fire for his performances this season, so it was gratifying to see him log a clean sheet.

Player ratings

Starting XI

Gallese -7- Solid.

Brekalo -6- Reliable.

Cartagena -6- Organised things well.

Schlegel -6- Didn't do anything too disastrous.

Angulo -6- Didn't offer much.

Torres -6- Quiet.

Araujo -7- Made some timely interceptions/recoveries.

Lodeiro -6- Nothing spectacular.

Ojeda -7- Only real threat.

Muriel -6- Nothing to work with.

McGuire -6- As above.


Santos -6- Average.

Þórhallsson -6- OK.

Lynn -6- Came in late.

Tsukada -6- Very late but could've won it at the death.


Orlando City SC Head Coach Oscar Pareja

“[It was] a very level game. I thought we found two teams that had options. Both could have won it, at the beginning or scoring at the end of the game. Throughout the game we had our options, too. It seems we had a sensation that we could have walked off the field with three points. But I recognize it was a tight game for both teams. The effort from the players was extraordinary and they keep adapting to new things. I’m good with the performance of the team, I’m good. I think we’re going in a good direction; I think we’re turning things around. We played against a good team who has good momentum, but today we could have walked off with three points.”

*All statistics courtesy of Fotmob and

Media availability and b-roll footage courtesy of Orlando City SC.

Cover image and top player image courtesy of Orlando City SC.


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