Orlando City finally won their first MLS home game this weekend, thumping LA Galaxy 4-0 in front of a 40,000 crowd at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
Orlando’s Martin Paterson made his debut in the 83rd minute, replacing Brek Shea. The 28-year-old Northern Irish striker suffered a hamstring injury, causing him to miss the opening of the season, and he was delighted with his teams win.
The Lions are now fifth in the Eastern Conference after winning three, drawing five and losing three and the stadium oozed relief after the long wait came to an end for that elusive first home win. Paterson has urged his team to build upon this result and turn the Citrus Bowl into a place teams dread visiting.Embed from Getty Images
“It was only a matter of time until we turned this tide at home,” he is quoted as saying by MLSsoccer.com.
“I think we got what we deserved, and our players got what we deserved. I don’t think the next team will look forward to coming in here. I think this can be a fortress, and now we can turn the tide and really put teams to the sword.”
It is early doors to suggest that the Citrus Bowl can be a fortress given this was Orlando’s first home win but it is exactly what the Lions’ fans want to hear from their players.
Their next home game is against Eastern Conference rivals Columbus Crew on May 30.
Can the Orlando Citrus Bowl become a fortress?