Losses are really starting to pile up for Orlando City after the club’s six-game winning streak ended a few weeks ago. One way to maybe calm down the faithful was to pickup a victory against one of the Eastern Conference’s lower seeded clubs in the Chicago Fire.
Chicago entered the game with only three wins and 11 points total in the conference, coupled with it was a home game for Orlando City, it seemed like the special elixir the club needed to snap out of the funk. Think again.
Orlando City couldn’t hold onto a draw late in the second half, yielding a goal in the 82nd minute and falling 2-1 to Chicago Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium. The Lions have now fallen to 6-5-1 and are sitting in 5th-place in the Eastern Conference. The Lions will be on the road next weekend when they face New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
What becomes truly hard to swallow for Orlando City was their dominance across the board in many different categories. Jason Kreis’ Club was able to dominate Chicago in shots (21-10), shots on target (6-4) and ball possession (60.1%-39.9%) throughout the contest. Despite all that, Orlando City couldn’t avoid losing for the third straight time.
Chicago took the early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute when midfielder Aleksander Katai knocked one past Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik. The Lions were able to tie the match up at 1-1 about 15 minutes later, when Cristian Higuita scored his third goal of the season.
The second half highlighted many opportunities for the Lions to break open the tied affair, but Orlando City just couldn’t get past Chicago Fire goalkeeper Patrick McLain. Chicago put the dagger in the contest in making sure the losses continued for Orlando City, as forward Alan Gordon scored late to seal the victory for the Fire.