Orlando City halts game after 49 minutes to honor nightclub victims
Orlando City's MLS game temporarily halted in the second half to observe a moment of silence in honor of the 49 people killed in an attack at a local nightclub a week ago.
Emotions were high in the first sporting event in the city since the shooting, and the families of the victims from the Pulse nightclub were recognized along with first responders before the game.
Orlando City had #OrlandoUnited patches on their shirts and wore rainbow wristbands, while the visiting San Jose Earthquakes players also wore black armbands and Orlando Pride patches.
A section of seats was left empty at midfield, filled only by a single colorful balloon in each place, while the corner flags also featured a rainbow pattern.
The game stopped at the 49-minute mark as all in the stadium -- the attendance at Camping World Stadium was 37,194 -- rose in respect for the shooting victims.
"I'm so glad it was a home game this week, to give fans the opportunity to rally around something other than grief," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said on the team's website.
Orlando City defender Seb Hines took off his rainbow wristband and waved it to the crowd after opening the scoring.
"I just wanted to show my support," Hines said after the 2-2 draw. "It was more than just a game out there tonight. It was the togetherness of the city and around the world. Everyone is united. I was just putting that out there for everyone to see."
Orlando City's Brek Shea showed support before the game by creating some rainbow-colored boots.
Orlando City have put the players' game-worn jerseys with the Orlando United patches up for auction, with proceeds to benefit the OneOrlando Fund.
Earlier on Saturday, the Orlando Pride NWSL team also stopped their game at the 49-minute mark during their match in Washington.