The turnaround train for Orlando City rolled into Colorado Sunday afternoon and with the Lions aiming to win their fifth in a row, they made sure not to be denied. After trailing the contest initially 1-0, Orlando City would score two unanswered goals en route to defeating the Rapids 2-1 at Dick’s  Sporting Goods Park.

Orlando City has made a legitimate push towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings in Major League Soccer (MLS), as the Lions started off the 2018 campaign 0-2-1 and have since gone 5-0 since the return of forward Dom Dwyer to the lineup. The Lions are now 5-2-1 on the season and return back home next weekend on Sunday to face Real Salt Lake at Orlando City Stadium.

Colorado (2-3-2) got on the board first against Orlando City in the 26th minute when Dominique Badji got by goalkeeper Joe Bendik and put the Rapids up 1-0. The Lions went into intermission trailing 1-0, but Jason Kreis and crew made the necessary halftime adjustments and Orlando Coty responded.

The Lions tied up the match in the 52nd minute on a goal by midfielder Cristian Higuita and assisted by teammate Sacha Kljestan. The game seemed destined to become a draw for both clubs as the contest neared its final 15 minutes, but midfielder Yoshi Yotun connected on a penalty kick in the 77th minute to put the Lions up 2-1 for good.

“It took us a bit to get into that game and sort things out but once we got there I was really pleased,” Kreis said about the team’s slow start in Colorado. “Both with the effort and performance, as well as the general play. We played well, it just took us a little bit longer than I would’ve liked to get there.”

Orlando City SC now just sits behind New York City FC and Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference heading into next weekend’s matches.

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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