Losses just continue to pile up for Orlando City and Saturday night’s contest on the road against Vancouver Whitecaps FC was just another example of how the Lions are spiraling down the Eastern Conference standings.

After playing down to the Whitecaps 1-0 at halftime, the Lions ended up yielding four goals after intermission en route to a 5-2 loss to Vancouver at BC Place. Orlando City SC drops to 6-7-1 on the season and falls to sixth-place in the Eastern Conference. The Lions will have to regroup quickly as they’ll face the Montreal Impact (4-11) on Wednesday night at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Whitecaps started off their scoring in the 36th minute when forward Kei Kamara scored from the top of box and gave his club the early 1-0 advantage. Going into halftime only down by one, it looked as if Orlando City had a somewhat easier road to tying up the match in the second half.

It was in the 58th minute, however, that defender Mohamed El-Munir received his second yellow card of the game and was sent out with a red card. Orlando City from that point moving forward had to play with a man down and put a halt to any comeback attempts they had in mind.

Despite being a player down, Orlando City was able to tie up the match in the 64th minute on a goal from midfielder Sacha Kljestan. That would be the closest the Lions would get the entire evening, as the Whitecaps would pile on the goals from there. Vancouver scores goals in the 75th, 85th, 87th and 90th minutes of the match to put Orlando City away.

The Lions would end up adding one more goal to their total, as forward Dom Dwyer came off the bench to score his seventh goal of the season.

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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