Tough times are falling upon Orlando City and Saturday night’s matchup against the New York Red Bulls was another example of what the Lions might admit to be their lowest point of the season so far.
A well chronicled, successful start to the 2017 season has turned into a distant memory, as the Lions have gone 1-4-4 in their previous nine games leading into the match against the Red Bulls. In what looked like another promising start, with Orlando City initially taking a 1-0 lead, the Lions allowed three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 loss on the road to New York at Red Bull Arena.
With the loss, Orlando City now falls to 1-5-4 in its last 10 games despite making the splash moves of acquiring Dom Dwyer from Sporting KC and nabbing Yoshimar Yotun as a designated player. The Lions also recently traded for midfielder Dillon Powers, who should be ready to go when Orlando City (8-10-6) faces the Columbus Crew this upcoming weekend at home.
Orlando City midfielder Carlos Rivas made his presence known early on in the match, when he had a shot go just a little high above the net in the 17th minute. About a minute later, Rivas would connect on a goal, assisted by Kaka, who now has five. The goal would be Rivas’ fifth of the season and it seemed like the perfect jolt Orlando City would need to help kickstart its attacking half.
Unfortunately for the Lions, it would be otherwise a quiet rest of the way on the offensive end, as Orlando City couldn’t find itself in the scoring column again. New York (12-9-2) got its first goal in the 30th minute via an own goal by Orlando City defender Leo Pereira. The 21-year old’s mistake was just one of many by a Lions’ squad that could ill afford to make any on the evening.
The game was marred by a flurry of cards, as nine were flashed to players on the night, including Kaka being issued a red card in stoppage time after regulation play had ended. Kaka’s ejection was just the icing on the cake on a forgettable evening.
New York scoring goals in the 60th and 80th minutes by Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sean Davis, respectively. Now Orlando City must head back home and regroup for another tough couple of challenges, as they’ll face Columbus (11-12-2) and Vancouver (9-9-4), who is seventh in the MLS’ Western Conference.