The second annual Orlando City SC Kids vs. Pros event featured 12 combined goals from both teams, but also had its fair share of solid saves.
One even caught the attention of ESPN.
Kids’ goalkeeper Rogelio Barrera Jr. jumped and fully extended his right arm to stop a header from Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson. The save was ranked 10th on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on ESPN. It proved critical as the Kids managed a 6-6 draw against the Pros.
The draw means the Kids are undefeated in two competitions against the Pros. The Kids converted a penalty kick in the final seconds to secure a point against the Pros.
“Out of a 100, I guess it would be 100,” said 9-year-old winger Henry Freeman when he was asked how much fun he had against the Pros.
He added the Orlando City SC Pros played “kind of” fair.
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The event, which benefits the Orlando City Foundation, was a fun 40 minutes for the Pros – a team comprised of players from the Orlando Pride and Orlando City. Pride striker Chioma Ubogagu live streamed the match – even with the ball at her feet.
Her first-half brace kept the Pros in the match. It was 3-3 at halftime.
The match featured some strange lineups for the Pros – rookie striker Chris Mueller was in goal for the second half and goalkeeper Joe Bendik scored a goal.
“They were a challenging bunch,” Ubogagu said of the Kids. “A feisty bunch. I think we put together a good performance. They came out there and they were excited. You could tell they were competing so we had to bring it a little bit.”
The event was sponsored by Arnold Palmer Hospital.
“I just love this event for so many reasons,” said Kay Rawlins, Orlando City Foundation President and Orlando City SC co-founder. “This is every aspect of our club. It’s both our teams. Our coaches get involved. Our foundation gets involved. The fans, the referees – everyone’s involved.
“The players love it. I think now they’ve realized what it’s all about and how it works. When we talked to them at the orientation, they were like, ‘Sign me up. Sign me up. Sign me up.’”