Orlando City SC Still At The Top

Orlando City SC Secures Draw Against Rochester to Remain at the Top of the League

Defender Luke Boden provided the equalizer for the Lions midway through the second half

Orlando City SC Rochester 5 11 2014
photo: Rochester Rhinos

Orlando City SC (6-0-3, 21 points) secured a crucial 1-1 draw against the Rochester Rhinos (2-1-4, 10 points) at Sahlen Stadium on Saturday night. After going down late in the first half, Defender Luke Boden provided the equalizer midway through the second half.

Heading into the match against Rochester, Head Coach Adrian Heath had to utilize his roster with the Lions playing exactly 24 hours earlier in. Prior to the two-game road trip, the English manager expressed his unhappiness with playing back-to-back to matches but stated that securing at least four points would suffice.

After coming away with a 3-1 win in Pennsylvania last night, City lacked imagination in the first half and seemed to be playing for a draw.  Rochester would make things difficult for the Lions when they went ahead late in the first half.

Rochester took the lead in the 34th minute when J.C. Banks cut inside and whipped a ball into the box for Tyler Rosenlund, who nodded it to the back-post leaving Carl Woszczynski with no chance.

Rochester Goalkeeper John McCarthy’s first save of the night came in the 54th minute, when Sporting Kansas City loanee Mikey Lopez got onto the end of a cross from Corey Hertzog. The midfielder was unmarked at the back-post but struggled to put much on his header and McCarthy was able to make a comfortable save.

After struggling to create many clear-cut chances in the first half, Orlando looked much sharper in the opening portion of the second half and would eventually breakthrough in the 62nd minute.

Defender Luke Boden pounced on the ball after a poor clearance from the Rhinos defense and tucked away his second goal of the season.

Heath made a few attacking changes to push for a winning goal, but Boden’s finish would prove to be the final goal of the match, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

City will now return back to Orlando to begin preparing for its second round Lamar Hunt Open Cup match against Premier Development League (PDL) side Ocala Stampede on Wednesday, May 14, at Seminole Soccer Complex.

The Lions will return back to league play when they travel west to take on Arizona United SC on Saturday, May 17.

For more information, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com.

Orlando City SC Match Recap:

Team                               1    2    Final

Orlando City SC               0    1      1

Rochester Rhinos            1    0      1

Scoring Summary

ROC- Tyler Rosenlund (J.C. Banks) 34’

ORL- Luke Boden (unassisted) 62’ 


Orlando City SC- GK Carl Woszcynski, D Bitielo Jean-Jacques (Tyler Turner 31’), Justin Clark, Brad Rusin, Luke Boden, M Aodhan Quinn, James O’Connor (Yordany Alvarez 80’), Adama Mbengue (Kevin Molino 46’), Mikey Lopez, Brian Span (Dennis Chin 75’) F Corey Hertzog

Rochester Rhinos- GK John McCarthy, D Kyle Hoffer, Onua Obasi, Pat McMahon, Tony Walls, M Tyler Rosenlund, Lance Rozeboom, Alex Sundly, F Alex Dixon, J.C. Banks, Johnny Mendoza 

Penalty Summary:

ORL- Tyler Turner (unassisted) 64’

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About Orlando City Soccer Club:

Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. The club will begin play in MLS in 2015, becoming the league’s 21st club. The Lions’ first team has won two USL PRO regular season titles and two postseason championships and will continue play in USL PRO in 2014 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Outside of the first squad, OCSC also has a youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U-23 team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com and www.OrlandoCityYouth.org.


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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras Continues With The Roots

The Roots at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 

This Saturday, GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop/neo-soul band The Roots, house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and best known for their singles, “The Next Movement,” “The Seed” and “You Got Me,” will shake up Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration with a live concert on the Music Plaza stage. Before the concert, guests can catch colorful beads by the handful during the festive Mardi Gras parade, which features 12 vibrant floats, including three new additions celebrating Jules Verne’s novel, “Around the World in 80 Days.” Guests can also visit Universal Studios Florida’s very own French Quarter Courtyard to enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine and see performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Schedule of Events for Universal Orlando’s

Mardi Gras Saturday, May 17:

  • 4:00 p.m. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens

  • 8:15 p.m. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts

  • 9:00 p.m. – Live Concert with The Roots Begins

Universal Orlando Resort Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando’s “N’awlins”-inspired, family-friendly version of Mardi Gras runs select nights through June 7. The excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

2014 Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Talent Line-Up

Event Date Headliners (Performing in Music Plaza)
May 17 The Roots
May 24 Cher Lloyd
May 31 Huey Lewis and the News
June 7

Robin Thicke


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Falling For Ihu’s Breakaway Falls At Aquatica

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls – Aquatica

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica is open and asking guests if they are #BreakawayBrave!

At nearly 80 feet tall, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is Orlando’s tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind.  Offering four unique slide paths, you’ll step into one of three “breakaway boxes” and watch each other fall one-by-one or test your bravery on a fourth open slide for a different but just as thrilling experience.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

We had the opportunity to drop by Ihu’s Breakaway Falls before it opened, and while I chickened out Kelly and Dave had an absolute blast on the slides.

There are three Breakaway Box slides and one open slide on Ihu’s 80ft Tower.

Drop more than three stories and slide for 420 feet, the longest of the four slides, on the orange slide. 

The green slide path has the shortest drop, but it’s still a 28-foot fall – that’s the same as four seven-foot tall basketball players!

Fall from the blue slide if you’re looking for the steepest slide with a breakaway box.

While the purple slide isn’t a true drop slide, it is by no means a “chicken slide”. In fact, this open-aired slide is the steepest of all four slides. 

And once you are in your breakaway box the anticipation truly begins! All three boxes face each other, and each has their own countdown and heartbeat  so you have no idea when you or the other riders will drop at 20-24 feet per second down the slide.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Dave tried all three breakaway box slides, and couldn’t get back up the stairs fast enough to try them again! His favorite slide was the orange slide, which is the longest of the three slides, and his best piece of advice is to keep your arms and legs crossed as you stay more streamline and go faster.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Kelly was crazier, and in addition to the breakaway slides she gave the purple open slide a try. She warns not to be fooled one bit by the purple side!!!

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Guests brave enough to take the challenge must be at least 48″ (1.22 m) tall. Jewelry, life vests, cotton shirts or sports / non-swimwear shorts, and footwear of any kind may not be worn on this slide. Cameras of any kind are also not permitted. All loose items must be left with a non-rider. Guests must be able to maintain proper riding position. Maximum rider weight is 300 lbs (136 kg), and is for single riders only.

Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Remember that if you can find special deals for a day in the park when buy your Aquatica tickets online!


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