Orlando City went unbeaten in four matches against Atlanta United in 2020 and gave the Five Stripes a thorough thrashing in the last of them, winning 4-1 at Exploria Stadium on Oct. 28. Daryl Dike got the party started with a goal in the 29th minute, but it was a stunning free kick by Chris Mueller in first-half stoppage time that served as the knockout punch that night. As usual, our friends at BreakingT captured the moment with a shirt approved by the MLSPA.
Cash drew the foul and then claimed ownership of the set piece during a discussion with Orlando City captain Nani. If you’re going to call off Nani to take it yourself, you’d better do something special, and the Money Badger did that, curling a gorgeous set piece delivery over the wall and just inside the left post, out of the reach of Brad Guzan. Mueller ran toward The Wall after putting Atlanta to bed with another iconic celebration pose.
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“It kind of gave us the momentum to continue our play into the second half,” rookie striker Daryl Dike said of Mueller’s free kick goal. “Obviously, phenomenal goal as it was, it lifted the team. I think sometimes maybe we’ve fallen a little bit asleep after our first [goal] but I think today we did a really good job of keeping the momentum going.”
Mueller’s goal sent the Lions on their way, as Dike said, with Tesho Akindele and Matheus Aias adding second-half strikes on the way to Orlando’s biggest win in the all-time series. After a couple of frustrating years against Atlanta, the Lions finished with two wins, two draws, and no losses in the four meetings of 2020. The words “Conquered Atlanta” below Mueller on the shirt show Orlando’s answer to the Five Stripes’ #UniteAndConquer hashtag.
Now you can remember the season when Orlando City broke through and made the series with Atlanta a true rivalry with this shirt from BreakingT.
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And don’t forget our other shirts over at BreakingT:
- Florida is Purple: MLS might have two teams in the state of Florida now, but purple > pink and lions > herons. Get your Florida is Purple shirt here.
- Cash Money Mueller: Show your appreciation for Orlando City’s very own Money Badger with a Chris Mueller shirt, which you can pick up here.
- Nani: You can wear the captain’s special celebration after knocking out LAFC with the final penalty with this shirt.
- Flippin’ for the Final: Celebrate Orlando City’s first appearance in a final in the MLS era with this special shirt, showing Nani’s iconic back flip.
And check our Orlando fan gear area periodically for new additions to your Orlando City wardrobe or to help you find the perfect gift for all of the OCSC fans in your life.