In what was Ricardo Kaka‘s last regular season game in an Orlando City SC uniform, the former Brazilian national team star wasn’t able to muster up any last bit of magic. The Lions, playing in their second to last game of the season, had 13 shots — none of which were on goal — and the Columbus Crew (16-12-5, 53 points) spoiled Kaka’s last home hurrah, upending Orlando 1-0 at Orlando City Stadium.
Orlando City with the loss fell to 10-14-9, 39 points on the season and will be on the road Sunday when they face the Philadelphia Union.
“I can’t credit him enough for everything that he’s given,” Orlando City SC coach Jason Kreis said about Kaka. “In every single minute that he’s played, he’s given everything of himself. You can’t ask for more than that.”
Kreis’ squad came out aggressively on the attacking end and were hoping to jump out on Columbus, with midfielder Yoshimar Yotun creating shot opportunities and winning free kicks against the Crew’s defense. Columbus’ defense, however, wouldn’t be seriously challenged many times in the early evening matchup, with Crew goalkeeper Zach Steffen not having to make a single save during the contest.
Steffen’s counterpart, Joe Bendik, was drawn out of his net several times by Columbus attacks and ended up adding three more saves to his season-high total. After heading into intermission with the game all knotted up at 0-0, the Lions were seemingly never able to seriously threaten.
But the Crew had their chances and converted on one in the 66th minute. Columbus forward Ola Kamara took a right-footed shot inside the box and was able to get by Bendik for the 1-0 lead.
Three yellow cards were handed out to Orlando City SC players in the final nine minutes, as Yotun, Richie Laryea and Will Johnson all were carded in the waning moments of the game.