Lions Drop Low-Scoring Affair to Riverhounds

Orlando can’t capitalize on Richmond loss in the standings
by Danny Morales   |   Monday, August 05, 2013

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

Ryan Kinne scored the lone goal of the game, helping the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeat Orlando City. 1-0 on Saturday, Aug. 3, in front of 7,262 fans at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

The lose marks the 3rd time Orlando has been shutout this year, as well as the club’s 3rd defeat of the season.

“I thought it was pretty poor most of the game,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath about his club’s offense. “C.J. (Sapong) gave us a lift when he came on, but apart from that there wasn’t much in the attacking 3rd that caused them many problems.”

Orlando City had its chances early in the 1st half, but couldn’t convert any of its opportunities in front of goal. Both teams went into the locker room scoreless at halftime, despite the Riverhounds outshooting the Lions 6-4 during the first 45 minutes.

After a scoreless first half, Kinne gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute thanks to an assist from Stefan Lundberg that found Kinne open inside the 18-yard box.

The Lions pushed for the equalizer late in the game, but came up short multiple times including an opportunity in the 69th minute where loanee Sapong missed a sitter from inside the 6-yard box.

“We weren’t good enough tonight,” said midfielder James O'Connor after the game. “By our standards we need to be a lot better than that, definitely missed opportunities but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”

The Riverhounds outshot Orlando 13-8 throughout the game, with the Lions only landing 1 shot on target through the 90 minutes.

Orlando City’s record now sits at 12-3-6 with 42 points, which puts them in second in the USL PRO standings behind the Richmond Kickers (13-1-9, 48 pts) with 5 games remaining. Orlando play Richmond one more time this season, in both club’s second-to-last game of the year. The Kickers fell to the Charleston Battery 5-2 on Saturday.

“It’s pointless looking at Richmond and what they’re doing if you can’t win your own games.” said O’Connor after the game. “It’s important to focus on what he have in front of us and beat what’s in front of us. If we do that Richmond will look after itself.”

Orlando has gone 2-2-4 with 8 goals since USL PRO scoring leader, Dom Dwyer, was recalled by Sporting Kansas City on June 27.

“Somebody who gets 15 goals when he did, of course we miss him,” said Heath about the English forward, who now plays for Sporting. “Nobody else has really stepped up, and that’s the worry.

“Too many people are waiting for somebody else to do something,” added Heath.

NEXT UP: August 4 - Orlando City SC vs. VSI Tampa Bay, Plant City Stadium, Plant City, Fla. 7 p.m. EST, USL Nation.

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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