Jogo temático brasileiro atrai 33,5 mil pessoas a jogo do Orlando City #SoccerPaixaoNacional #OCSeuClubeNosEUA. In Portuguese and English


O Orlando City realizou nesse sábado uma noite temática brasileira, atraindo mais de 33,5 mil pessoas, pintando o estádio Orlando Citrus Bowl de verde e amarelo e estabelecendo o segundo maior público dos Lions na temporada 2015. O time, de propriedade do empreendedor brasileiro Flávio Augusto da Silva e cuja principal estrela é o meio-campo Kaká, preparou diversas homenagens antes e durante a partida contra o New York Red Bulls, para saudar os milhares de turistas provenientes do Brasil e a comunidade brasileira local, que têm ajudado o clube a estabelecer média de público recorde para um time estreante na Major League Soccer (MLS). O número hoje é superior a 35 mil espectadores – incluindo os 62,5 mil pagantes da partida de estreia do Orlando City na liga, em março desse ano -, média exponencialmente maior do que a do Campeonato Brasileiro.

Embora o Orlando City tenha jogado mais de 60 minutos com um homem a menos – o atacante canadense Cyle Larin foi expulso aos 33 minutos do primeiro tempo, em decisão polêmica da arbitragem – o público cantou durante mais de noventa minutos. O Orlando City acabou derrotado pelo  vice-líder da Conferência Leste da MLS, New York Red Bulls, por 2 a 0.
“Recebi a informação de que mais de 11 mil tickets foram vendidos para grupos e a gente acredita que mais de 12 mil brasileiros estiveram presentes no jogo. Tivemos um dos maiores públicos depois da nossa estreia.” disse o proprietário do Orlando City, o brasileiro Flávio Augusto da Silva. “O Orlando City já é o segundo time no coração de muitos brasileiros e também está se tornado uma grande paixão dos norte-americanos.”
“Foi especial ver tantos brasileiros no estádio. A torcida apoiou o time durante todo o jogo. Queremos agradecer o carinho de todos”, disse Kaká, que deixou o campo aplaudindo a torcida.
Os torcedores receberam as boas-vindas com música e comida brasileiras incorporadas à experiência da Fan Zone, já na chegada ao estádio. Um grupo formado apenas por crianças brasileiras entrou em campo com Kaká e Cia. Produtos oficiais do clube produzidos especialmente para esse jogo temático foram disponibilizados no estádio. Até mesmo os vídeos nos telões do estádio foram em língua portuguesa. O evento foi batizado de #SoccerPaixaoNacional #OCSeuClubeNosEUA.
Kaká quase abriu o placar para os Lions logo no primeiro minuto de jogo, batendo de longe depois de uma arrancada do círculo central.
Aos 20 minutos da primeira etapa, o meia norte-americano Sacha Kljestan arriscou de fora da área e fez um golaço, batendo forte no ângulo direito, fora de alcance para o goleiro Tally Hall. 1 a 0 New York Red Bulls.
O atacante colombiano Carlos Rivas, o meia colombiano Cristian Higuita e o capitão Kaká criaram diversas jogadas de perigo depois da expulsão de Cyle Larin aos 33 do primeiro tempo.
No intervalo da partida, o Orlando City e a University of Central Florida (Universidade da Flórida Central) mudaram a vida de um brasileirinho de apenas seis anos de idade. Paulo Boa Nova e seu pai, Claudio, viajaram do Brasil – em uma cortesia da Orlando Health, patrocinadora de camisa do Orlando City – para que Paulo recebesse dos estudantes um braço mecânico produzido em uma impressora 3-D. Paulo nasceu sem parte do braço por razões genéticas.
Já nos acréscimos da etapa final, o New York Red Bulls aproveitou um contra-ataque para marcar o segundo gol da noite. O atacante americano Mike Grella fechou o placar. 2 a 0.
Para mais informações, acompanhe o Orlando City em www.OrlandoCitySC.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube e Instagram.

Head Coach Adrian Heath

Thoughts on the Match:

“I am really proud of the players. I thought there attitude was absolutely magnificent. I don’t really want to say about the officials, because if I say something, you get fined, and get in trouble.  If I don’t nothing changes. I believe the referee has made some wrong decisions this evening for both teams. I don’t know what we do, because I can’t say anything. I am fed up in coming in here talking about the refs, it’s not about them. Thirty thousand people come to watch footballers. I thought it was going to be a really great game of football, I really did, because we started really well, they scored a great goal, they are a really great team, and they are really well coached. And here we are talking about people that really don’t matter. They should be seen and not heard…that’s what I was told. It seems like it’s every week, someone is blaming the officials for the outcome of games.”

Thoughts on Red Cards in the last two games:

“You can’t say that Cyle Larin went in with malicious intent to hurt somebody. There is a big difference. The player’s know when people are trying to hurt them. They scored a good goal.”

Thoughts on positive takeaways from the match:

“The fact that all evening, with 10 men, they were the dominant team on the field. But their desire to get something out of the game was incredible. They were fantastic.”

Thoughts on Carlos Rivas:

“He is getting better by the week, and it’s what we expected. He has a big future and big tools. The best is yet to come for Carlos Rivas.”

Thoughts on Corey Ashe:

Thought he did smashing, even though he has not played a lot of football of late. I really feel that he will fit in well with us moving forward.”

Thoughts on motivating players moving forward:

“I can only go back to the last performance. This was just excellent, and if we keep playing like that, we are going to win more than we lose. I guarantee you! 14 games left, and we are going to give it everything. This group is going to be fine.”

Kaká

 

Thoughts on Red Card:

 

“We have to really think about that, because every time we have to play with 10 men, it’s tough, it’s really hard. I told everyone this week that I won’t say anything about the referee, but for us it’s another lesson that we have to improve on, and it can’t happen anymore.”

Thoughts on the next two matches:

 

“These two last games were difficult for us, and now we have to think about this week and prepare for Chicago, and then going to New York. It’s going to be a tough game, but this is them where we can show everyone that we can arrive in the playoffs”

Cyle Larin

 

Thoughts on Red Card:

 

“I went for the tackle and I don’t think I touched him. I looked at the ref and he called the foul. He asked the fourth official and made the call. I think he made the wrong decision and it happens. I was shocked to get the red card and walked off the field. I couldn’t do anything about it. I went for the ball. The ball was there but I didn’t get him or the ball and got a red for it.”

Thoughts suspension for next game:

 

“It’s hard. I always want to be with my team and play with them. It’s hard not to be there next weekend. Hopefully the card gets appealed and hopefully I can be there next weekend. We’ll see.”

Thoughts on the game:

 

“The ref ruined the game. He didn’t make the right calls for us. That happens some games. It just didn’t go our way.”

Tally Hall

 

Thoughts on the game:

 

“If we continue to play the way we played, we’ll win a lot of games. I look at the first goal and I think I’m good enough to save it. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t push it over and help the team out in a big way. It was a positive to watch the team play that way.”

Thoughts on game at Yankee Stadium:

“I think we’re good enough to go anywhere and get a win.”

Thoughts on the Red Card:

 

“I didn’t see this call, I can’t comment on whether it was a good call or bad call. We’re not looking for robots to ref the game. The human element is part of it. Sometimes it would be nice if they acted human instead of a robot, like they nailed (the call) every single time.”

New York Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch

 

Thoughts on the game:

 

“The humidity really sapped us. As much as it sapped us physically it really took its toll on us in terms of staying tuned in, and the mentality of staying committed to playing the way we want to play. It was a little bit of an odd night for us in that respect. To come away with 3 points in a game where we didn’t play our best, we won ugly. That is a big step in the right direction for us because we haven’t managed to do that this year. Still even though we didn’t play our best we feel very positive about getting the result.”

Thoughts looking ahead:

 

“Right now our minds are totally wrapped around Tuesday. Even in the locker room we said right now we need to switch to make sure mentally and physically we hydrate and get ready for a big game on Tuesday.”

Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga

 

Thoughts on the game:

 

“Coming into the game we knew it was going to be very hot and humid. It took a toll on our bodies so we kind of let back a little. The second half I thought we did the job well. We kept the ball moving and limited their chances. And it as good that I got the second goal in the second half. Overall I thought it was a good performance, not our best obviously but definitely moving in the right direction. “

Thoughts on playing with Luis Robles:

 

“Luis has been great. Ever since I joined the club at 17, he’s always had my back, he’s always helped me giving me advice. Having him back there I feel very comfortable. He’s always had very good communication, good directions, and very good leadership skills. He been a leader for us and he’s a great keeper and he kept us in the game today and made some great saves.”

Red Bulls midfielder Mike Grella

 

Thoughts on the weather:

“It is not an easy place to come with the weather condition. It was not a pretty game for us, but we got the three points. Like coach says we bend but we don’t break.”

Thoughts the back four:

 

“All four of them are fantastic. You know there is always room for improvement but we very good at the back four. We stuck in there and came up with three points at the end of 90 minutes.”

Thoughts on his goal:

“I just saved a little bit of energy for one more burs, and I caught him a little bit tired. They were down a man and pushing a lot of numbers so I knew if I saved a little bit of energy for one more blast I could get a chance. I tried it and I got a good one.”

Thoughts on getting ready for the Cup game on Tuesday:

 

“It’s all about recovery how fast everyone recovers and gets ready for the game. We are an enthusiastic and energetic young group. No question we will be 100 percent ready for that game.”

Thoughts on four wins in five games: 

 

“We learned a lot from that little streak we went but it is a long way to go. We need to stay confident and keep going”

Thoughts on Luis Robles:

 

“I love playing with Luis. He is a great player. He is a great goal keeper a very responsible player. He is a great guy to have and battle with and I couldn’t ick anyone else to play with. He deserves his record.”

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