Orlando City Lions’ Inaugural Game
History was made as Central Florida successfully met the challenge to #FilltheBowl for the Orlando City Lions’ inaugural game as the newest Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. More than 62,500 soccer fans dressed in purple cheered at the renovated Citrus Bowl stadium as the Lions faced the New York City Football Club. The sold-out game was a 1-1 draw with Orlando superstar Ricardo Kaká scoring the lone goal for the Lions. Orange County was on the field for the official opening ceremonies prior to the 5 p.m. game, which was televised in more than 100 countries and ESPN2. One of the best sports in the world has come to Orlando. And Orange County – which is one of the best communities in the world – is proud to join other Major League Soccer cities on the international stage.