On a beautiful Saturday night in Queens, FC New York lost their first ever home game in front of a solid crowd at Belson Stadium.
The opponent was the Lions of Orlando City, and while supporters joked towards the Lions that their city is dominated by a 6 foot mouse, Orlando came out the hungrier side. FCNY's lackluster play resulted in Orlando taking control of the game and going ahead in the 13th minute on a header by Lawrence Olum. The Lions took the 1-0 lead into the dressing room.
While the FCNY play improved after the break, Orlando still had control of the game. However, in the 54th, Owen Morrison took advantage of bad defense by the Lions to chip in a cheeky equalizer. It was FCNY's first ever home goal for you trivia buffs.
Orlando, who really never lost control of the game, got the winner in the 81st minute as Lewis Neal bent a free kick around the FCNY wall and into the net. In celebration, Neal and some of his teammates signaled the main stand to silence which resulted in jeers by the home crowd. The last laugh was had by Orlando as when the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read Orlando 2, New York 1.
FCNY are now 0-2-1 in their inaugural campaign, but one has to imagine as the season moves forward, so will the play of the upstart franchise.
The loss could not get in the way of the festive evening for President Doug Peterson, who was seen greeting supporters all evening with a smile.
For those looking for a "live footie fix" in the area, FCNY are definitely worth a look and with season tickets start at only $108 it will not strain the wallet.
FCNY next hosts Harrisburg this coming Saturday at 7:30pm at Belson.