The last time Orlando City SC won a match, it was just 10 days after the 4th of July. That gives most people an idea of how long the 13-game losing streak has gone on for James O’Connor and his group. Sunday afternoon presented once again another opportunity to snap the skid in the Lions’ home finale and they were able to put on a good showing for the Orlando faithful.
After sliding all the way down the Eastern Conference standings the past few months, the Lions were able to snatch a victory against the Columbus Crew with a game-winning penalty kick by midfielder Sacha Kljesten in extra time and came away with a narrow 2-1 victory.
With the win, the Lions improve to 8-21-4 on the season with just one match left to go next weekend against the New York Red Bulls on the road. The game will take place at Red Bull Arena and kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m.
“Obviously delighted to get the win. I think it was a great performance today to try to win something for the players and especially for the supporters,” O’Connor said about the victory. “It was very important that we gave a good performance and got three points. I’m pleased that we were able to do that.”
It seemed like it would be an uphill task to snap Orlando’s losing skid, which dates back several weeks along with a scoreless streak. The Lions got on the board in the second half via a penalty kick and midfielder Yoshimar Yotun would take the honors of tying up the game at 1-1 in the 57th minute.
Though both teams controlled possession equally on the day, Orlando City took more shots and had 16 for the match, with seven being on goal. The Crew on the other hand were only able to notch eight shots and four on goal.
The bad taste of a 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders from Wednesday was still with the Lions and Kljestan’s PK chance in stoppage time gave Orlando life heading into its final match and looking ahead to the off-season.