Orlando City’s first trip to a final in the MLS era is worthy of commemorating and now there’s a good way to do that. Orlando fans were rewarded for staying up late on a weeknight as the Lions defeated Minnesota United, 3-1, at the MLS is Back Tournament, securing a spot in the final next week. Nani and Benji Michel scored back-flip-worthy goals to lead Orlando to victory and BreakingT has once again captured a major Orlando City moment on a really cool shirt.
Captain Nani did his trademark back flip after his second goal of the match against Minnesota in the 42nd minute and that moment was immortalized on BreakingT’s new MLSPA shirt in mid-flip among the phrase “Flippin’ for the Final,” with “Orlando” emblazoned across the bottom. Check out this beauty:
Nani scored two of the tournament’s most memorable goals in the semifinal match, first taking a perfect 65-yard ball from Robin Jansson, out-muscling Hassani Dotson and beating Tyler Miller in the 36th minute. On the second, he took a feed from Sebas Mendez, created some space with the help of Joao Moutinho’s overlapping run, and curled a golazo past Miller to put the Lions in control before the break.
“[Nani] has been in these scenarios before,” Orlando City Head Coach Oscar Pareja said after the match. “The thing that I want you all to know is that he’s training every single day like he is a rookie coming into the league and we all respect that from Luis [Nani]. In the games that he needs to appear, he is doing it. It’s contagious, his energy, and we respect his leadership. We’re all content with his performance of course and the sacrifice that these guys are doing, everybody just for each other, it’s remarkable indeed.”
Orlando has one obstacle remaining in its quest for the club’s first trophy in its MLS era. But even if that moment doesn’t come, this run to the final has been a special one and it’s something we should remember forever. This is a shirt to help us all do just that.
Pick yours up today, here:
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.
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.