Times remain difficult for Orlando City and climbing out of the deep hole that bogged them down towards midway in the season seem impossible at this point. A trip to Kansas City to take on Sporting Kansas City looked like another opportunity for the Lions to redeem themselves after a last minute 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union last weekend.
Instead, the Lions weren’t able to avoid their 17th loss on the season and fell 1-0 on the road to Sporting KC Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park. With the loss, Orlando City now falls to 7-17-3 on the season and go on the road again next week to face the Chicago Fire.
Facing his old squad, it looked like the perfect game for Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer to pull out a vintage performance. Dwyer was held in check for most of the evening.
The lone goal of the match was scored in the 53rd minute, when Sporting Kansas City midfielder Felipe Gutierrez scored past Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik and gave KC the 1-0 advantage. The one goal would stand true, as the Lions couldn’t get many attacks started or many serious scoring threats.
From shots (eight) to shots on goal (three) to corner kicks (three), Orlando City just didn’t have many real scoring chances at all on the evening. The possession arrow stuck with Sporting KC all evening long, as they controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match.
“In any game when you get chances like that, we have to take them. Especially first half, if we go 1-nil up it can really affect the outcome of the game,” Orlando City manager James O’Connor said. “The big moments are something we need to do a better job of managing. We need to capitalize on our chances and limit their chances.”