One win is all it takes to turn things around.
Orlando City SC should know that very well by now, with the early part of the season being a prime example. The Lions went winless in their first three games before ripping off six straight victories. Saturday night was about getting back on track and forward Dom Dwyer helped out in manager James O’Connor’s home debut.
Dwyer ended up scoring his eighth goal of the season and Orlando City snapped a nine-game losing streak and defeated Toronto FC 2-1 at Orlando City Stadium. The Lions now improve to 7-11-1 and will go on the road next weekend to face the Columbus Crew.
The victory gives Orlando City SC three crucial points in the standings, and now the Lions sit just five points back of the sixth-place Montreal Impact.
Everything looked good early on for Orlando City, as they were able to attack early and often against Toronto. Though Toronto controlled possession for 53 percent of the game, Orlando City was able to get off more shots (18) and shots on target (7) during the match.
The first shot that found its mark came in the 34th minute when defender Chris Schuler had the follow through shot after Dwyer’s attempt was saved initially by Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono. It was back-and-forth action between Orlando City and Toronto until intermission ensued, as the Lions were searching for the second goal that would help secure the victory.
Orlando City would get the insurance goal it needed from Dom Dwyer, who scored his first goal since June 9 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Dwyer logged in 86 minutes, but his goal in the 48th minute sealed the win and snapped the long-standing losing streak.
It now remains to be seen if the Lions can continue their winning ways, as they’ll face Columbus next weekend, followed up by New York City FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy.