New York City ended up being the site of where Orlando City Soccer Club would conclude what had been the franchise’s most disappointing season to date when they faced the Red Bull’s on Sunday evening. Carrying a record of 8-21-4 into the contest, the Lions were looking to carryover some kind of glimmer of hope heading into what will be an interesting off-season for Orlando City.

Hoping to build off the club’s 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew last week, Orlando City instead capped off the season with one final loss. The Lions couldn’t find the offensive continuity from the week before and fell 1-0 to the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. Orlando ends the season at 8-22-4 and with 28 points on the campaign.

“Credit to Red Bulls, I want to congratulate them [on winning the Supporters’ Shield],” Orlando City manager James O’Connor said. “There will be some reflection from the coaching staff, ourselves, we’ll sit with the players and go through it. We’ve got a clear plan of what needs to happen. We’ll start this week and go from there.”

It was a tough first season at the helm for O’Connor, who took over the team after several games due to a disappointing start. The lack of creativity on the offensive end continued under the former Orlando City striker, but O’Connor has vowed to make changes throughout what should be a busy off-season for the Lions.

Despite controlling time of possession at 54 percent for the match, Orlando City wasn’t able to turn that into many quality shots whatsoever. The Lions ended with eight shots and only one on goal.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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