Orlando City SC is officially in the middle of its toughest stretch of the season, and it didn’t come in any elegant fashion when they went on the road Saturday night to face New York City FC.

The Lions, having lost three straight heading into the contest, once again was a team that controlled possession but couldn’t find the back of the net at any point.

Jason Kreis’ club continued to stay in a funk at Yankee Stadium and fell in a 3-0 to New York City FC, as the Lions lost their fourth consecutive game in a row. The losing streak marks the longest of the season for Orlando City SC. It doesn’t get any easier for the Lions next weekend when they face the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on the road.

“Goals make the difference. Right now it’s about those decisive moments, allowing the goals, not taking our chances. It’s building up against the guys, and it’s really tough on everybody,” Kreis said via the team’s website. “We have to shift gears. We have to continue to move forward, focus on the very next game, which is the Miami [United FC] game. We must get things handled right and get ready for the next game.”

From missed opportunities to a penalty kick that wasn’t converted, plenty went wrong Saturday night for Orlando City SC. New York scored in the 35th minute when midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shardi scored to give his club the early 1-0 advantage.

Orlando City (6-6-1) has a chance to tie the game at 1-all in the 49th minute when midfielder Sacha Kljestan got a penalty kick opportunity, but New York goalkeeper Sean Johnson stopped it.

The Lions ended up scoring two more goals, with another added by Tajouri-Shardi in the 79th minute.

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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