It was another frustrating day for the Orlando City Lions as they faced rival NYCFC at Yankee Stadium in New York. New York went on to torch the short handed Lions 3-0, extending Orlando’s losing streak to four games.
“Goals make the difference. Right now it’s about those decisive moments, allowing the goals, not taking our chances. It’s building up against the guys and it’s really tough on everybody,” Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. “We have to shift gears. We have to continue to move forward, focus on the very next game, which is the Miami [United FC] game. We must get things handled right and get ready for the next game.”
Since Orlando striker Dom Dwyer went down with an injury, the Orlando scoring machine has been virtually non-existent. They get into the area, but rarely hit pay dirt. Meanwhile, opponents press their defensive short comings and put Joe Bendik to work.
City’s back line featured three new faces from last week, as Donny Toia made his 2018 debut and RJ Allen and Will Johnson lined up alongside Tony Rocha. Uri Rosell and Cristian Higuita were in the holding midfield, while Justin Meram, Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller and Josué Colmán roamed up top. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik set a Club record with his 80th start as a Lion.
NYC opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Ismael Tajouri-Shradi cut inside and curled a left-footed shot.
The Lions had a chance to equalize three minutes into the second half, but Kljestan’s penalty kick attempt hit the post. It was one of three shots off the woodwork for City, as Colmán hit the frame in the 30th and 74th minutes.
Ismael-Tajouri scored again in the 79th minute and Maxi Morález made it 3-0 in the 87th.
this match is a tough start to a four match road trip with a stop in Miami for a match for the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup verses Miami United FC on Wednesday. They next make the longest MLS strip from Miami to Vancouver for a match on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Orlando finishes the trip with a trip to Montreal on short rest for a Wednesday match against the Impact.