More help couldn’t be coming at a better time for Orlando City SC, because the Lions are starting to show real struggles and no better example was displayed than Saturday night’s contest against the Montreal Impact.
The Lions entered the matchup badly needing a victory, with Orlando City coming off losses to Toronto FC, Atlanta United FC and a draw. Instead of Orlando City picking up a much needed win in Canada, they showed further more that with the most recent addition of Peru international Yoshimar Yotun, it was a much needed move in terms of bolstering the Lions’ attack.
Orlando City received an early goal from Canada native Cyle Larin, but allowed two unanswered second half scores and fell 2-1 to the Montreal Impact Saturday night at Stade Saputo. The Lions are now currently 1-4-1 in their last six games and despite the addition of Dom Dwyer, Orlando City is still struggling to find a groove on the offensive end.
It didn’t take long for Orlando City (8-9-6) to find themselves up on the scoreboard, as Larin, who is a forward for Canada’s mens national team, snuck behind the defense and touch a shot past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush for the 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of play. The Lions played more aggressively compared to the last time out against Atlanta United, with Orlando City controlling possession for 47 percent and getting off 10 shots. Problem being for Jason Kreis’ crew has obviously been converting on those very scoring opportunities.
Dwyer, who was acquired in a trade with Sporting KC, looked more comfortable in his second full game back with Orlando City. The Major League All-Star saw many more chances come his way, including in the 35th minute on a header that sailed harmlessly over the top bar and kept the Lions with just a 1-0 lead heading into intermission.
The one goal, though, proved to be not enough. Montreal (7-8-6) found the equalizer through a penalty kick, setup by Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti, who was fouled in the box. Piatti would convert on the penalty kick in the 48th minute to knot the game up at 1-1. The disappointment came in full circle late in the match, however, when Montreal scored the go-ahead goal on a Anthony Jackson-Hamel score in the 84th minute.
Orlando City will be on the pitch again versus the New York Red Bulls on Saturday. Game time is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Red Bull Arena.