MLS Preseason 2021: Alexander Alvarado lifts Orlando City SC over Philadelphia Union

Orlando City SC defeated the Philadelphia Union, 1-0, courtesy of a second half goal by Alexander Alvarado in each teams’ preseason opener Monday at Joe DiMaggio Sports activities Advanced in Clearwater, Fla.

The Union rolled out a powerful first-choice lineup for the opening 45 minutes of the closed-door scrimmage and homegrown striker Jack de Vries practically put the Supporters’ Protect winners forward, however he put his shot off the post. Kacper Przybylko had a chance negated by the offside flag and Alejandro Bedoya put an try on body, however the match was scoreless on the break.

Moments after Paxten Aaronson, a part of the Union’s fully totally different second-half XI (outside of center back Jack Elliott), additionally hit the post, Alvarado struck for the Lions within the 61st minute. The 21-year-old Ecuadorian forward made a pair of short substitute appearances after signing a short-term loan from S.D. Aucas late last season, a move made everlasting by the membership in December.

Jack McGlynn created a number of probabilities for the equalizer, nevertheless it didn’t materialize for the Union who subsequent host Chicago Fireplace FC in Clearview on March 20 at 3 pm ET. Orlando City SC meet NYCFC in one other closed-door scrimmage March 18.

Goals

  • 61’ — ORL — Alexander Alvarado

Lineups

Philadelphia Union, first half (4-1-3-2, r. to l.): Andre Blake — Olivier Mbiazo, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliott, Kai Wagner — Jose Martinez — Alejandro Bedoya, Anthony Fontana, Jamiro Monteiro — Kacper Przybylko, Jack de Vries

Philadelphia Union, second half (4-1-3-2, r. to l.): Joe Bendik — Nathan Harriel, Matej Oravec, Jack Elliott, Matt Real — Brandan Craig — Cole Turner, Jack McGlynn, Paxten Aaronson — Quinn Sullivan, *Shanyder Borgelin

*Philadelphia Union II player

Orlando City SC

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