Orlando City Snaps 25-Match Unbeaten Streak

Lions lose 1st regular season home match in over 2 years
by Danny Morales   |   Sunday, June 30, 2013

Purple Pride – column on Orlando City SC (OCSC) & the Orlando & Central Florida area soccer scene.

Orlando City may have missed USL PRO leading scorer Dom Dwyer on Saturday as the club fell to the Richmond Kickers 2-0 in front of 8,842 fans at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

The loss breaks a 25-match unbeaten streak during USL PRO play and marks only the 2nd regular season league loss at home since the club relocated to Orlando from Austin, Texas, in 2010.

Orlando City’s only other regular season home defeat came during the club’s inaugural season, in a 2-1 loss to Antigua Barracuda FC on June 10, 2011.

“We’ve done well at home,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath. “We’ve made this place a bit of a fortress.”

The Lions were playing their first game since Dwyer’s recall to Sporting K.C. and the club was also missing defender Yann Songo’o after his release by Sporting earlier in the week.

Orlando City had a couple of quality chances during the 1st half, but the Lions couldn’t capitalize on any of those opportunities. Jamie Watson had the best scoring chance of the first 45 minutes, when he missed a header just over the crossbar in the 21st minute.

“We needed to score and Jamie had a great chance first half to go up 1-0,” said Heath after the game. “I think if we had scored first it would have given us something to hold on to.”

The Lions went into the locker room at halftime tied at 0-0, despite outshooting the Kickers 7-5 during the opening 45 minutes.

Richmond broke through in the 57th minute when forward Michael Seaton scored his 3rd goal of the season, giving the Kickers a 1-0 lead.

Kevin Molino had a slight breakaway in the 70th minute, but his shot was blocked by Richmond goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. OCSC then brought on an extra forward in the 72nd minute, when it substituted in Long Tan for midfielder Adama Mbengue.

The Kickers extended their lead to 2-0 in the 77th minute when Brian Ownby scored his 4th goal of the season with a bicycle kick inside the 18-yard box. Richmond nearly added another goal in the 86th minute, but had the shot go begging off the post.

Orlando City outshot Richmond 14-12 throughout the match but Dykstra was lights out in goal, saving 4 of Orlando’s best chances.

“We lacked a little bit of quality,” said Orlando City midfielder James O’Connor. “But in saying that we still had good chances. You can’t have chances like that and not take them because you leave yourself open to what happened.”

NEXT UP: July 3 - Orlando City SC vs Wilmington Hammerheads, Legion Stadium, Wilmington, N.C. 7:30 p.m. EST, USLnation.com.

Danny MORALES

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Former athlete turned journalist who remembers the days of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny, Danny now writes Orlando City news while chronicling the clubs move to become an MLS franchise.
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