LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Tesho Akindele scored within the 60th minute and Orlando Metropolis superior to the quarterfinals of the MLS is Again event with a 1-Zero victory over the Montreal Influence on Saturday evening.
Montreal was eradicated with the loss to open the knockout spherical of the World Cup-style event at ESPN’s Large World of Sports activities advanced at Walt Disney World.
Orlando will play the winner of Monday evening’s conflict between the defending league champion Seattle Sounders and LAFC within the quarterfinals on Friday.
Orlando Metropolis dominated possession within the opening half however couldn’t rating. Jhegson Mendez appeared to interrupt by with a objective late within the half, nevertheless it was dominated offside within the buildup.
Mendez additionally had an excellent alternative within the 38th minute, however his shot from the middle of the field was stopped by Montreal goalkeeper Clement Diop.
Akindele lastly bought Orlando on the scoreboard. Obvious miscommunication between Diop and defender Rod Fanni allowed Akindele to sprint ahead and simply slot the objective.
With group stage matches counting towards the common season, the Influence are 2-2-1 this season below new coach Thierry Henry.
Montreal was a third-place finisher in its group, however secured a spot among the many 16 groups within the knockout rounds with a 1-Zero victory over D.C. United on Tuesday. Saphir Tadir, who has three targets within the event, scored the lone objective.
Orlando, 2-1-2, was with out ahead Dom Dwyer, who was out for the second straight recreation with muscle tightness. Midfielder Junior Urso additionally sat out .
Orlando, enjoying this season below coach Oscar Pareja, completed atop its group with two wins and 6 complete targets.
Influence ahead Maxi Urruti was on the bench to start out the sport, however was subbed in for the ultimate 5 minutes of regulation.