A.S. Roma 5, Lions 0.
The Orlando City Lions of the USL PRO league took on three-time Serie A champion A.S. Roma in an exhibition at Barker Family Stadium in Winter Park, FL. The Italian powerhouse came away with a 5-0 win.
The game against A.S. Roma, which has held a winter training camp in Orlando, offered Orlando City an opportunity to take on world caliber professionals like USA’s Michael Bradley, Francesco Totti and Maarten Stekelenburg.
“It’s been a really good experience for everyone,” said Orlando City Head Coach Adrian Heath. “It’s a huge eye-opener to what the next level of soccer is for everyone on the team.”
Roma, coming off a winter training camp at Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney, was impressive against the 2012 USL PRO Regular Season champs. Roma took a 1-0 lead on a breakaway in the second minute of play with Manuel Lamela getting the goal.
Ten minutes later Lamela added a second for a 2-0 lead. By halftime it was 4-0. The fifth and final goal came in the 66th minute. By that time both teams had made multiple substitutions.
Bradley, the primary defensive midfielder for the United States Men’s National Team played the first half. Orlando City got a look at a number of young players who will be competing for a spot on the Lions roster for the 2013 season.
Procees from the game went to the Orlando City Soccer Foundation.
Team 1 2 Final
Orlando City 0 0 0
A.S. Roma 4 1 5
(ASR) 2rd, Erik Manuel Lamela (Miralem Pjanic)
(ASR) 13th, Erik Manuel Lamela (Alessandro Florenzi)
(ASR) 31st, Miralem Pjanic (unassisted)
(ASR) 45th, Mattia Destro (unassisted)
(ASR) 66th, Alessandro Florienzi (unassisted)
Orlando City: Miguel Gallardo, Jerome Mechack, Alex DeJon, Kieron Bernard, Luke Boden, James O’Connor (Jordan LeBlanc 68′), Jean Alexandre (Ian Fuller 74′), Chris Harmon (Brian Fekete 46′), Jamie Watson (Jonathan Mendoza 57′), Dennis Chin (Christian Eissele 74′), Adama Mcengue
A.S. Roma: Michael Bradley (Simone Perrota 46), Leandro Castan, Erik Manuel Lamela, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi (Panagiotis Tachtsidis 46′), Mattia Destro, Ivan Rodrigo Piris, Maarten Stekelenburg (Bogdan Lobont 46′), Jose Rodolfo Dodo (Marco Antonio De Mattos Filho 59′), Nicolas Andrea Burdisso (Alessio Romagnoli 46′), Alessandro Florenzi
Time of match: 12:30 p.m.