All it took was one win for Orlando City to get on a roll this 2018 season and the Lions took their five-game winning streak into Utah Sunday afternoon with hopes of extending it to six matches in a row. Orlando City faced Real Salt Lake, a club the Lions have trouble against last season but looked completely at ease versus this time around.

The Lions were able to pull off another come-from-behind victory, jumpstarted by forward Dom Dwyer’s goal in the 60th minute and Orlando City left Salt Lake City with a 3-1 win and a six-game winning streak. With the victory, Orlando City improves to 6-2-1 on the season and sets up a huge home matchup with Atlanta United FC next weekend. Atlanta is currently the No. 1 team in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.

Real Salt Lake (3-5-1) was hoping to put the brakes on Orlando City’s good fortunes as of late, as they took the initial 1-0 lead on a goal in the 12th minute by midfielder Corey Baird. Orlando City would trail 1-0 going into intermission but the second half would prove to be a totally different story for the Lions.

Dwyer’s goal in the 60th minute helped jumpstart the Lions’ and they would never look back. Orlando City eventually took the lead three minutes later when defender Lamine Sane came in to score his first goal of the season and give the Lions a 2-1 advantage. Fellow defender Yoshimar Yotun scores his third goal of the 2018 campaign in the 78th minute, giving Orlando a commanding 3-1 lead going into the final several minutes of the match.

Lions goalkeeper Joe Bendik was stellar in the net for Orlando City, making eight crucial saves against Real Salt Lake. Orlando City will now take aim in making it seven wins in a row next weekend on Sunday, with the game scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Orlando City Stadium.

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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