New York City FC, Orlando SC Play to Draw in Inaugural Game

March 9, 2015 1:27 AM

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New York City FC, Orlando SC Play to Draw in Inaugural Game

ORLANDO, Fla.—The tiny figures in sky-blue jerseys representing the New York City Football Club emerged from the bowels of the Citrus Bowl here on Sunday afternoon, straight into the kind of hostile atmosphere that one might expect to find in the soccer bastions of England, Germany or Spain, where passion for soccer goes back centuries.

But this was Orlando, where there is no history of soccer, at least not at America’s highest levels. And yet here were 62,510 fans packing the Citrus Bowl, nearly all clad in purple and screaming for a team playing its inaugural game for Major League Soccer.

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