Orlando City SC 1, Fort Lauderdale Strikers 2 (aet)
One of two non-MLS teams left in the competition, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers took the early lead as Juse Angulo beat Earl Edwards Jr. in the 12th minute. Orlando City bounced back three minutes later as Kevin Molino showed off some fancy footwork to get into the area before chipping over Diego Restrepo in the 17th minute. The second half brought equal opportunities for both teams, as well as matching red cards for Molino and Fort Lauderdale’s Maicon Santos for an incident in the 67th minute and the game gave way for extra time. Just as it looked like the Strikers would head to a third-straight penalty shootout, left back PC went on a dazzling individual run before finishing inside the far corner in the 120th minute, giving the NASL side a 2-1 extra time win. With the victory, Fort Lauderdale also won the $15,000 prize as the furthest advancing Division II (NASL) side in the competition. They’ll get rewarded with a Quarterfinal visit to four-time champions Chicago Fire on July 20.
Orlando City SC (MLS) vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL)
Time/Location: 7:30 p.m. ET; Camping World Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
Orlando City SC Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2013, 2015)
Fort Lauderdale Strikers Best Finish: Quarterfinals (2006, 2012)
- One of two non-MLS sides left in the tournament, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers drew 1-1 with the Richmond Kickers before defeating the USL side 2-0 on penalty kicks in the Third Round on June 1. The Strikers then played D.C. United to a 0-0 draw before downing the MLS side 4-3 on penalties.
- Orlando City used a 62nd minute goal from David Mateos to defeat Jacksonville Armada 1-0 in Fourth Round play on June 15.
- Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo has made four penalty saves in Fort Lauderdale’s two shootout victories.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides. Whoever wins will match their previous best finish in the competition.
- The winner will visit the winner of the Chicago Fire/Columbus Crew SC match in the Quarterfinals on July 19-20.