One of the top storylines in Major League Soccer in the early part of the 2018 campaign resides out of Orlando, Florida. After starting the season 0-2-1, the Orlando City has won three in a row heading into last night’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Lions can add another notch to their belt in their special turnaround, as they rushed out to a 3-0 lead and held on to pickup the 3-2 victory Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando City is now 4-2-1 on the season and sits in third place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference standings behind New York City FC and Atlanta United FC, respectively.

Orlando City will now take its show on the road next weekend when they face the Colorado Rapids on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The match is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

The tone was set early in the match by Orlando City forward Chris Mueller, who ended up scoring in the second minute of play, giving the Lions a 1-0 advantage. Newcomer Sacha Kljestan made his impact known in the 35th minute of play when the midfielder tapped in the crossing pass from Mueller and put Orlando City up 2-0 heading into intermission.

A name that has become synonymous with Orlando City’s success as of late, Dom Dwyer, ended up scoring his fifth goal of the season when he scored in the 68th minute. With a big 3-0 lead, it seemed inconceivable that Orlando City would give up the advantage to San Jose.

The Earthquakes sure made it interesting down the stretch, however, as they visitors notched goals in the 78th and 90th minutes from Florian Jungwirth. But with the match decided, Jungwirth’s goals were a little too late for any serious San Jose comeback attempt.

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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