In his third season with City of Orlando, goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was once again an anchoring presence at the back and a formidable challenge for all comers. Since its signature back in January 2020he was the undisputed starter and consistently played like that.
Let’s take a look back at his 2022 season.
In the US Open Cup, Gallese played three games (all starts), logging 300 minutes – one of those games included 30 minutes of overtime. He allowed two goals, while making nine saves on the 11 shots he faced for an 83.3% save percentage, and recorded a clean sheet in the final. He also managed with 70.7% accuracy and received three yellow cards. The Lions were 2-0-1 in those three games.
In the league, Emperor Pulpotine played 32 of the team’s 34 games (all starts), logging 2,880 minutes in the process. He allowed 47 goals and made 79 saves, recording a save percentage of 62.7% while keeping a club record of nine clean sheets on the year. The club went 14-13-5 in his 32 starts and posted a 1.47 goals-against average. He couldn’t stop any of the four shots he faced and managed with an accuracy of 75.2%.
He also started and covered the distance in OCSC playoff game in Montreal, allowing two goals, including one from a penalty, and recording no saves. He passed with 63.3% accuracy on the night.
He also has won the MLS Save of the Year award for an absolutely amazing flight save on former teammate Dom Dwyer in a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United back in July. Dwyer’s effort was circling to the top corner and only an extended tentacle from the airborne Gallese kept him from winning the game for the hosts. Soak up his glory.
El Pulpo’s best game came in the 1-0 loss on the road to FC Cincinnati back in June. Although the game didn’t end in favor of Orlando, Gallese did everything he could to make sure it didn’t. He made eight saves and without several particularly spectacular saves, the Lions might have lost by four or five. Nick Hagglund in particular was probably sick of seeing him after Gallese turned him down for the second time just before the break.
The Peruvian goalkeeper also completed two dribbles and passed with 85% accuracy during the game, doing everything he could to keep the Lions with a chance. In our piece of player notes for the game he received an 8 out of 10 and the Man of the Match award, and rightly so.
Final score 2022
The land of manes staff members were all in agreement on Pedro’s season, and his grade for the year is an 8, which is the same he won last year. Although he conceded the most goals he has in a season, he also played 10 games more than his previous record and recorded his cleanest sheets as an Orlando City player, while setting a new record for saves and assist percentage as a Lion. . His nine clean sheets were more than enough to break Joe Bendik’s record for most in club history for an MLS campaign, so that’s another feather in his cap. He frequently made saves that kept Orlando City in games, and a number of the goals he conceded were due more to poor defending than a poor goalkeeper. He remained a stable and reliable presence at the back, and although Orlando had questions about the striker, winger, full-back, midfielder and centre-back at various times throughout the season, the goalkeeping position was never a cause for concern.
Pay the man. Stability and – dare I say – excellence at goalkeeping aren’t always easy things to come by, and the Lions have a man with proven quality in Gallese. As long as he doesn’t want a completely exorbitant sum of money, Orlando City should and hopefully do everything in their power to keep him wearing purple for the foreseeable future. If he stays in Orlando, expect more stellar reaction saves, acrobatic heroics and him to be the starter as long as he’s healthy. Fingers crossed he’s back, but that has more to do with Gallese and his agent at this point and whether there’s a bidding war for his services. MLS is a salary cap league, so at some point the club is handcuffed as to what they can give their goalie.