Orlando City SC looked to avoid its 17th loss of the season when they took on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium and for all intensive purposes, the Lions were hoping to pick up their first win in over a month. The Lions were facing a Union team they were able to defeat 2-0 back in April, but Orlando City was also a much different team a few months ago.
Since then both clubs have gone in totally opposite directions. Philadelphia is currently in the heat of a playoff race in the Eastern Conference and sits in fifth place, while Orlando is in last place and sits 10 points back of sixth place Montreal Impact, who hold the last postseason spot.
Though Orlando City is more than likely not going to make the playoffs, the Lions continue to fight. The Lions trailed by a goal late, but defender Scott Sutter‘s score in extra time earned Orlando City a 2-2 draw and a point in the standings. Orlando City (7-16-3) heads back on the road next weekend when they face Sporting Kansas City.
Orlando forward Dom Dwyer scored the game’s first goal in the 9th minute when fellow teammate Yoshimar Yotun found him in the box off a free kick and headed in the score. Philadelphia wouldn’t remain scoreless for too long at all, as Cory Burke scored in the 32nd minute to knot the game up at 1-1.
The Union (12-11-4) would take over the lead in the 88th minute of play, when forward Fabrice Picault scored what seemed to be the go-ahead goal and gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. That’s when Sutter would turn into the savior for Orlando City SC, with the defender scoring on the assist coming from teammate Josue Colman. Orlando City jumped into a tie for 10th place with the Chicago Fire after picking up the point as a result of the draw.