More than 62,000 people filled Orlando Citrus Bowl to witness history yesterday, as it marked the first time ever in MLS that two expansion teams played their inaugural game against each other.
In classic soccer fashion, the 95 minutes between New York City FC and Orlando City SC ended with neither team victorious, a 1-1 tie after a frantic finish.
It took 76 minutes for New York City FC to score its first goal in franchise history, when Mix Diskerud finally put one past Orlando City's goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to put his team ahead 1-0. It was only fitting that team captain and former Spain superstar David Villa earned the assist on the historic strike.
Although the goal appeared to be the game-winner in what would have been an impressive shutout, Kaká ruined Diskerud's party by beating NYC goalie Josh Saunders in stoppage time to even the score at one.
Kaká, who won the World Cup in 2002 as a member of Brazil, buried one off a deflection on a free kick at 90'+1.
The massive Orlando crowd was given a treat in what was a feisty game that included six yellow cards and one red card -- the latter given to Orlando's Aurélien Collin.
A scoreless first half only added to the allure and excitement as everyone anxiously waited to see how the first page in each respective franchise's record books would be written.
NYCFC will look ahead to next Sunday in order to tally their first win, when they will take on the New England Revolution in their home opener at Yankee Stadium.