João Moutinho scored a header in the 90th minute and Nani scored the decisive goal in the penalty shootout. Orlando City defeated Los Angeles FC in the quarter-finals of the MLS is Back tournament on Friday evening.
Thanks to Moutinho's late goal, the teams played a 1-1 draw in regulation and Orlando City was a perfect 5v5 game in the shootout to advance to the semi-finals. Orlando City will face either San Jose or Minnesota United on Thursday.
The Lions were chosen as outsiders against LAFC, the unaffordable favorites to win the tournament among the remaining quarter-final teams. But Orlando City managed to neutralize LAFC's strong offensive attack and score the late equalizer.
Moutinho's goal came from a corner from Nani. Moutinho, a one-time LAFC draft pick, hit Jordan Harvey to the ball and his header went past LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer.
On the penalty shootout, Moutinho, Mauricio Pereyra, Kyle Smith and Antonio Carlos all scored one goal ahead of Nani's winner. Vermeer suspected right on Carlos’s shot, but the ball trickled over the goal line. Nani's winner was also a bit of a relief after Vermeer saved his penalty attempt in the 57th minute.
LAFC's only miss in the shootout came from Harvey in the second round when his shot was deflected off the crossbar and over the net. Francisco Ginella, Diego Rossi, Brian Rodriguez and Latif Blessing all converted their chances of punishment.
Though Orlando City controlled the early stages of the game, it was LAFC who took the lead shortly after Vermeer's penalty shootout. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his fourth goal of the tournament after a feed from Rossi in the 60th minute. It was the first LAFC shot in the game. Wright-Phillips also scored in the middle of the first half, but the video review prohibited the offside goal.