The Orlando City Soccer Club was defeated by the Philadelphia Union on Friday at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia by a score of 2-1. Orlando (2-1-2, 8 points) suffered it’s first defeat of the season.
Most of the match was a battle from end to end, with both teams remaining aggressive. Tthe Lions created numerous threatening opportunities throughout the night. However, impressive saves by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake kept the Lions at bay.
The Union started the game with C. J. Sapong taking advantage of a crowd that deflected off of Rafael Ramos, kicking it in to the far post for a goal in the 2nd minute.
Orlando retaliated and leveled the match in the 43rd minute from a combination play between Molino and Winter. Molino beats a defender on the right side and found Winter outside the box. The Swiss winger flipped the ball over the defender and finished with a clinical left-footed strike.
In the 89th minute of the match second half substitute Tranquillo Barnetta scored from a free kick outside of the box. The Swiss curled his shot over the wall and placed it in the top 90 giving the Union the victory.
“I’m bitterly disappointed because I thought we should’ve taken something out of the game with the good opportunities that we had on the break. I thought they played with a lot of intensity, a lot of energy, and we had to weather the storm. I always thought at some stage we were going to get a break in the second half,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “I thought we were very naive in certain parts of our play this evening, and if we want to achieve what we want to achieve this season, we have to be better when we have the opportunities that we had tonight.”
The Lions return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl on April 17 to face the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET.