BRONX, N.Y. — Lamine Sané made his debut Saturday afternoon for Orlando City, but only because center back and team captain Jonathan Spector likely has a concussion.
Coach Jason Kreis was asked about Spector after Saturday’s match and said, “It’s not good.” Spector knocked heads with NYCFC defender Maxime Chanot in the 16th minute of Saturday’s match.
“He’s dizzy,” Kreis said. “I think we’re looking at concussion symptoms.”
Sané, acquired in the preseason from Bundesliga side SV Werder Bremen, was good in his first match for the Lions. He gave the ball away just once in Orlando City’s defensive half off a long pass, was able to clear the ball around the 6-yard box and blocked a shot at the top of the penalty area.
“I thought he made some positive contributions,” Kreis said.
Colmán comes on as sub
Orlando City finally saw young designated player Josué Colmán in a match after the 19-year-old attacking midfielder missed the club’s first two games — and most of the preseason — with a quad contusion.
He was subbed on in the 76th minute for right back RJ Allen.
Colmán had a few moments of individual brilliance. In the 79th minute, he had a nice turn into the penalty area to split two defenders, but no one was home for his cross.
“Obviously, a very tough game to come into,” Kreis said. “He had a couple of really nice plays. Nearly created a goal, so we saw some bright flashes that we like, of course.”
Higuita, Allen get first starts
Cristian Higuita made his first appearance of the season for Orlando City against NYCFC, replacing rookie Cam Lindley as the team’s holding midfielder. He played 67 minutes — and picked up a yellow card for unsporting behavior in the 27th minute of the match — before getting subbed off for attacking midfielder Richie Laryea.
Allen, who was a sub in Orlando City’s first two matches, started at right back for the Lions. He sent three crosses into the penalty area, none of which were successful. Allen spent the first three seasons of his MLS career with NYCFC before he was traded to Orlando City.
Poor traffic leads to late start
Orlando City’s match against NYCFC didn’t kick off until 4:06 p.m., even though the match was scheduled to start at 3:55 p.m.
Team officials said bad traffic around the stadium led to the Lions’ tardy entrance. The club warmed up on the pitch up until there was a moment of silence for two New York City firefighters who died after a U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Iraq.
The club didn’t participate in the traditional walk out of the tunnel before the match, electing to continue warming up instead.