Every week we spotlight one game and relive the fan experience in the best way possible…through gifs.
Walking into the Citrus Bowl, Orlando City fans are noticeably excited about the return of the MLS season.
Season ticket holders are reunited with their friends.
And many start talking about how this could be “their” year.
The game starts well. Orlando is creating chances and the fans sense something is coming.
Then even more good news. Real Salt Lake’s Demar Phillips picks up a second yellow to give Orlando a man advantage. “Could we be so lucky???”
“No, you idiot. We can’t be this lucky.” Out of nowhere Orlando City commits an unnecessary foul in the box.
And Real Salt Lake takes a 1-0 lead.
“It’s OK. We are Orlando. We are still up a man and controlling the pace of the game.”
Welp, so much for that advantage. Orlando’s Darwin Ceren decides it’s a good idea to throw an elbow, which earns him a red card.
And soon after Real Salt Lake adds another goal to make it 2-0.
“Why does this happen… every. single. time?”
Chance after chance is missed. And as the game enters stoppage time, hope turns to acceptance. Goodbyes are said. All is lost.
Wait! All of a sudden Orlando City scores. Could it be?!
“We can’t give up just yet. There’s still time.”
No, don’t be stupid. There’s not enough time left.
OH MY GODDDDD!!! Long clearance. Great positioning. Battle for the ball. Did that ball just go in? GOAL ORLANDO!!!
The stadium loses it.
Like, literally loses it. Things get weird for a while.
And in the end, Orlando fans remind us yet again why they should never be counted out.