On Friday night in Philadelphia, Orlando City set out to prove that the two-game winning streak the team was currently on wasn’t short-lived success. The Lions were searching to nab their third consecutive win and put themselves back into the conversation as one of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. Mission accomplished.

Orlando City since the return of forward Dom Dwyer improved to 3-0 with the forward in the lineup, as the Lions soundly defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium. The Lions will take the field again next weekend on Saturday when they face the San Jose Earthquakes at Orlando City Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. eastern time.

Dwyer has scored four goals since his return for the Lions and added another in the 38th minute to give Orlando City an initial 1-0 advantage. The 1-0 lead wasn’t going to be enough for Dwyer and crew, as they were able to tack on another goal just before intermission.

Orlando City forward Chris Mueller would join in on the scoring action and put another goal in the back of the net in the 45th minute of play to give the Lions a commanding 2-0 lead.

Jason Kreis’ squad was outdone in several categories on the night, including corner kicks, shots and shots on goal. Philadelphia attempted 14 corner kicks to go along with 20 shots and six of them being on goal. Not much was going to get by the goaltending of Orlando City goalie Joe Bendik, who turned in his first clean sheet of the season.

Bendik was able to make six saves on the cold Friday evening and kept the Union scoreless for the third time this season. With the victory, Orlando City sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with a total of 10 points through six contests.

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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