In what should be a turnaround season for Orlando City SC has suddenly turned into more of the same from last year. The Lions went on the road Saturday to face New York City FC, one of the top teams in Major League Soccer, and were not able to keep up.

New York City FC (3-0-0) was able to take advantage after a scoreless first half and notch two second-half goals en route to a 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC at Yankee Stadium. The Lions are now currently 0-2-1 to start off the 2018 campaign and scoring goals becomes the primary concern, as Orlando City has only scored once through three games.

What makes the loss even more difficult for Orlando City is goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s gaffe that basically handed New York City FC its first goal in the 62nd minute. Bendik lackadaisically kicked the ball to one of his defenders but misfired and New York City’s Ismael Tajouri took the pass and put it in the back of the net.

“I really felt like we were doing well up until we gave them the goal. Unfortunately for me I think that’s three matches where I just feel like we’re giving things away,” Orlando City SC head coach Jason Kreis said. “We correct those small errors, I still think we’re going to be okay.”

The goal ended up deflating the Lions somewhat and being a energizer for New York City FC, whom ended up scoring just over 10 minutes later. Maxi Moralez scored in the 74th minute to put the match pretty much out of reach for Orlando City.

Orlando City was able to get three shots on goal, but couldn’t take advantage of seven corner kicks they received throughout the contest. The Lions don’t play again until March 31st when they host the New York Red Bulls.

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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