CJ Sapong scored a 95th minute header in what was likely the last play of the match to give the Fire a 1-1 draw at home on a cold, windy, and eventually rainy home opener. Przemyslaw Frankowski, who had entered the match in the 68th minute was able to land a perfectly placed cross to Sapong amid several Orlando City defenders.
Gusting winds made game play difficult from the start and Nemanja Nikolic missed on two good chances in the first half to keep the score level at the mid way mark.
Orlando City took the lead in the 47th minute when it appeared that some miscommunication between David Ousted and Johan Kappelhof kept both players from aggressively playing a chip into the box from Nani. Dominic Dwyer worked his way past Kappelhof to pop the ball into the net past Ousted.
Jorge Corrales put the Fire into a deeper hole in the 64th minute courtesy of a straight red card after an attempted tackle on Orlando's Ruan.
Ousted; Campos (Herbers 80'), Marcelo, Kappelhof, Corrales; Schweinsteiger, McCarty; Sapong, Mihailovic (Hasler 69'), Katai; Nikolic (Frankowski 68')
Subs not used: Sanchez, Lillard, Martinez, Bronico
Ousted - 5
Campos - 5
Marcelo - 6
Kappelhof - 5
Corrales - 3.5
McCarty - 6
Schweinsteiger - 5.5
Sapong - 6.5
Katai - 5.5
Frankowski - 6.5
Hasler - 5
Herbers - 5