Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja said he believes the team would have joined the league-wide boycott if there had been more time to prepare before kickoff.
The Lions were one of the few professional sports teams to continue play as usual on Wednesday night, as boycotts swept through MLS as well as the NBA, WNBA and MLB in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.
“I understand maybe some people who think that we should have not played,” Pareja said Thursday after his team’s 3-1 win over Nashville SC. “I think we would have done it. I think we would have not played the game if we had all the information and good timing. We didn’t know the whole thing.”
As the only MLS game to play as planned on Wednesday night, Orlando City and Nashville SC were thrown into the national spotlight and criticized for playing.