It may have taken Dominic Kinnear a few extra days to decide who he was sending to USL Pro affiliate Pittsburgh, but it didn't take those guys very long to make an impact. Anthony Arena slotted in at RCB next to Hound's skipper Andrew Marshall while Jason Johnson started up front (RF) with reigning USL Pro MVP Jose Angulo.
Arena looked calm and composed making several timely tackles and a few key blocks. Johnson had a bit more trouble influencing the game as he ran up against a well organized and physically imposing Lions backline. JJ seemed a bit tentative at times and didn't appear to have much chemistry with Angulo.
The Riverhounds goal was scored by Jose Angulo in the 50th after muscling the ball away from a defender, rounding the keeper and slotting it home. The Hounds almost took a two goal lead in the 54th minute after midfielder Rob Vincent played a little give and go before rifling a shot towards the lower, right-hand corner. Orlando keeper Miguel Gallardo made a spectacular save diving to his left and pushing the shot just wide.
Controversy struck at 60 minutes when Orlando tied the game off a corner. As the ball was swung in, Riverhounds goalie Hunter Gilstrap was run into and knocked out. While he lie on the ground unconscious, the ball bounced out to the top of the box where defender Luke Boden controlled it before firing into the empty net. Johnson was the closest player to Boden but couldn't close the distance in time. Gilstrap was helped off the field and replaced by backup keeper Greg Blum.
JJ took a knock of his own in the 76th as he tried to uncork a left-footed shot that was blocked. After a few minutes on the turf he picked himself up and continued on playing the full 90 minutes.
Bryan Salazar made his debut in the 85th, replacing Matt Dallman at RM.
Orlando shifted to a 4-3-3 toward the end but couldn't find the winner through 7 minutes of stoppage time. The Hounds had one great chance in the 93rd but Vincent fired over the bar off a long corner.
At the end of the day it was a good road point against the defending USL Pro champions and should give the guys some confidence heading into Richmond next weekend. Gilstrap has been diagnosed with a concussion and will likely miss the next contest. Arena should get another start at RCB and looks to be a staple there all season. Johnson and Salazar will both be in contention as several of the Riverhounds forwards struggle for fitness early on in the campaign.