Major League Football team, Orlando City FC paid tribute to the 49 people shot dead at a nightclub recently.
The paid the tribute during their game against San Jose Earthquakes. The game, which ended in a 2-2 draw, was a very emotional one for everyone present.
The club paid tribute by stopping play in the 49th minute so players and fans could honour the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting with a minute’s silence. The game saw #OrlandoUnited written on the shirts of City aside the rainbow wristbands they wore. The visiting Earthquakes team wore black armbands and Orlando Pride badges to honour the dead.
In the game, Orlando scored first through a Seb Hines goal but it was cancelled out when Chad Barrett netted in the 85th minute. Orlando went back ahead through Julio Baptista in stoppage time but there was still time for Shea Salinas to grab a point in the final minutes.
The game, which was the first since the mass murder incident, witnessed the first responders from the incident join the teams before the kickoff, joining in on the field to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
Elsewhere, New York City defeated League leaders, Philadelphia Union 3-2 in a keenly contested game. City goals came from former Chelsea skipper Frank Lampard, David Villa and Andrea Pirlo. First-half goals from Lampard and ex-Spain striker Villa, the latter scoring a league-leading 11th of the season, made it 2-0 at half-time. Pirlo then added his goal to make give them the win at the Yankee Stadium. Pirlo scored his first MLS goal with a 50th-minute free-kick. Union’s goals were from a Roland Alberg’s penalty and Frederic Brillant’s own goal. Philadelphia Union still remains atop the standings of the Eastern Conference.