ORLANDO, Fla. — Benji Michel’s purpose in a second penalty shootout and a late save by a reserve defender summoned to play goalie helped ship Orlando Metropolis into the MLS Jap Convention semifinals with a wild 1-1 (6-5) victory over NYCFC on Saturday.
No. four seed Orlando subsequent performs Nov. 29 towards top-seeded Philadelphia or No. eight New England.
Orlando thought it had gained on the finish of the primary penalty shootout when goalkeeper Pedro Gallese turned away NYCFC’s fifth penalty kick. However through the staff’s temporary celebration, officers dominated Gallese left his line early, drawing his second yellow card. Gallese then drew a purple card when he disputed the decision.
Referees concluded Orlando backup goalie Brian Rowe was ineligible, which compelled it to herald reserve middle again Rodrigo Schlegel in web. Orlando briefly misplaced observe of the penalty kick rely and thought it had gained after Schlegel turned away NYCFC and began celebrating. Michel then got here on to finish it.
Orlando scored within the fifth minute on a penalty kick from Nani, the results of a hand ball within the penalty space towards NYCFC’s Anton Tinnerholm.
Three minutes later, Maxime Chanot tied it on a header off a nook kick from Jesús Medina.
Gallese helped preserve it even within the first half with 4 saves. On the 43rd minute, Gallese stretched for saves to disclaim Valentín Castellanos and Keaton Parks seconds aside.