Things continue to go in the wrong direction for Orlando City SC these days, as the Lions can’t catch a break in the win column.

The Lions were looking to win their second game since the hiring of James O’Connor as the team’s new manager. Orlando City went into Thursday night’s contest against NYCFC hoping to get themselves back into the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

Instead of winning its second game under O’Connor’s watch, the Lions couldn’t get out of their own way and fell to New York City FC 2-0 at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando City SC falls to 7-13-1 on the season. The Lions next contest is this upcoming Sunday against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the StubHub Center.

Possession between the two teams was exactly equal throughout the contest, as Orlando City SC and New York City FC each controlled the ball for 50 percent. It would end up being a couple of goals before halftime that ended up doing in the Lions in their third loss under O’Connor.

The first of New York City’s goals came in the 40th minute when midfielder Maximiliano Moralez scores on an unassisted score. Only a few minutes later in stoppage time, Moralez would be involved with NYCFC’s second goal of the evening.

New York City’s Anton Tinnerholm scored just before intermission and gave FC a commanding 2-0 lead going into the break. Despite Orlando City getting 21 shots and five of them on goal, the Lions could not find the back of the net against NYCFC.

The second half was filled with opportunities, but Orlando wasn’t able to seriously mount a comeback against one of the Eastern Conference’s top clubs. Now the Lions will aim to pick up a win in Los Angeles, in which they were just recently in California a couple of weeks ago.

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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