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Orlando City Loses Fifth-Straight Match to Vancouver

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VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – In the third match of a five-game road trip, Orlando City SC (6-7-1, 19 points) fell 5-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-5-5, 23 points) on Saturday at BC Place. Photo: Orlando City SC

VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // In the third match of a five-game road trip, Orlando City SC (6-7-1, 19 points) fell 5-2 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6-5-5, 23 points) on Saturday at BC Place. Sacha Kljestan scored his third goal of the season.

“At the moment you can’t play 90 percent well. You forget about the 10 percent,” Lions head coach Jason Kreis said. “For me, that’s the difference right now. Because again, another night where we start off the game and we’re just dictating things, bossing things on their field, and then we give the ball away one time in the middle of the field, we’re disorganized and they go right down the field and score the very first chance that they have. Maybe that’s what we need to be focused on, is the 10 percent.”

Vancouver opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Alphonso Davies found Kei Kamara.

The Lions were reduced to 10 men when Mohamed El-Munir was shown a second yellow card in the 58th minute.

Orlando City leveled the score when second-half substitute Tony Rocha found Kljestan, who slotted it inside the far post in the 64th minute.

Davies scored the eventual game-winner in the 76th minute. Kamara scored from the penalty spot in the 85th minute after Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick upon Video Review. Yordy Reyna and Nicolas Mezquida also scored in the waning minutes.

Dom Dwyer scored his seventh goal of the season on the final touch of the game. Chris Mueller and Josué Colmán were credited with assists.

Goalkeeper Joe Bendik made four saves, including his 500th career MLS save. Bendik is City’s all-time leader with 272 MLS saves.

The Lions visit the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET. City then plays its U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match at D.C. United on June 20 before returning to Orlando City Stadium on June 23 against Montreal.

Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

Match Notes

  • GK Joe Bendik made four saves to earn his 500th career MLS save.
  • F Dom Dwyer scored his seventh goal of the season in his first appearance since May 13 vs. Atlanta United.
  • M Tony Rocha earned his first assist since May 31, 2017, vs. D.C. United.
  • M Sacha Kljestan scored his third goal as a Lion.
  • M Josué Colmán had the first multi-assist game of his MLS career.
  • Colmán now has four assists in his last four MLS games.
  • F Chris Mueller earned his fourth assist of 2018. Mueller has three assists in his last four MLS matches.

Scoring Summary:
VAN – Kei Kamara (Alphonso Davies) 36’
ORL – Sacha Kljestan (Tony Rocha, Josué Colmán) 64’
VAN – Alphonso Davies 76’
VAN – Kei Kamara (PK) 85’
VAN – Yordy Reyna (Alphonso Davies) 87’
VAN – Nicolás Mezquida (Alphonso Davies) 90’
ORL – Dom Dwyer (Chris Mueller, Josué Colmán) 90+4’

Misconduct Summary:
ORL – Will Johnson (Yellow Card) 12’
ORL – Mohamed El-Munir (Yellow Card) 27’
VAN – Brek Shea (Yellow Card) 33’
ORL – Cristian Higuita (Yellow Card) 45’
ORL – RJ Allen (Yellow Card) 50’
ORL – Mohamed El-Munir (Second Yellow, Red Card) 58’
VAN – José Aja (Yellow Card) 70’

Lineups/Substitutions:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC – GK Brian Rowe, D Brek Shea, Doneil Henry, José Aja, Jakob Nerwinksi, M Alphonso Davies, Aly Ghazal (Jordan Mutch 74’), Felipe, Cristian Techera (Nicolás Mezquida 74’), F Yordy Reyna (Russell Teibert 88’), ⓒ Kei Kamara

Substitutes Not Used: GK Sean Melvin, D Sean Franklin, Aaron Maund, F Anthony Blondell

Orlando City SC – GK Joe Bendik, D Mohamed El-Munir, Amro Tarek, Chris Schuler, Will Johnson (RJ Allen 40’), M Uri Rosell, Cristian Higuita (Dom Dwyer 64’), Justin Meram (Tony Rocha 61’), ⓒ Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller, F Josué Colmán

Substitutes Not Used: GK Earl Edwards, Jr., M Jose Villarreal, Richie Laryea, F Stéfano Pinho

Details of the Game:
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Indoors
Date: June 9, 2018
Attendance: 22,120

Stats:

Possession:
VAN – 48.8 %
ORL – 51.2 %

Shots:
VAN – 16
ORL – 13

Saves:
VAN – 4
ORL – 4

Fouls:
VAN – 13
ORL – 16

Corners:
VAN – 1
ORL – 6

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Kickoff Time Announced for Orlando City Friendly Against Arsenal FC

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FC Dallas's Paul Arriola attempts a shot while keeping Orlando City SC's Ruan Texeira at arm's length during their matchup at Exploria Stadium Saturday, May 28, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. — The FC (Florida Cup) Series has announced kickoff times for its upcoming slate of friendlies, including Orlando City’s match against Arsenal FC on July 20. The two sides will meet in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff hosted at the home of the Lions, Exploria Stadium.

Tickets to the match, the first meeting between the two sides all-time, are available at the link here with group options by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Arsenal has a storied history in England, having won a record 14 FA Cups, two League Cups, 16 FA Community Shields, one European Cup Winners’ Cup and 13 EFL and Premier League titles, including an undefeated season in the 2003-04 season.

The London-based club, founded in 1886, will visit the United States this summer as part of the “FC Series”. Arsenal and Chelsea, two of the world’s most popular and successful professional soccer clubs, will then meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, on July 23 for the Florida Cup. The stateside derby will be the finale of the weeklong “FC Series” expansion featuring international matches across the United States.

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MLS: Orlando City Surrender Initial Lead and Fall to FC Dallas 3-1

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FC Dallas's Paul Arriola attempts a shot while keeping Orlando City SC's Ruan Texeira at arm's length during their matchup at Exploria Stadium Saturday, May 28, 2022. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Orlando City SC returned home this weekend to host FC Dallas at Exploria Stadium Saturday.

Orlando City’s downfall can be summed in two words: Paul Arriola. He scored two of FC Dallas’s three goals on the night.

Ercan Kara scored Orlando City’s only goal for the night.

 

First Half

The fouling started early and Orlando City got in trouble in the 12th minute, with Sebas Mendez getting the first yellow card of the game.

Mauricio Pereyra earned a free kick in the 23rd minute, but Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes made the catch before the ball could reach the net.

Dallas got a near-goal in the 26th minute, with Arriola making a left cross from the far right end of the field, but Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was able to knock it away.

Another close call came in the 28th minute in which Dallas repeated the exact same shot as before from the exact same side of the field as before, but Orlando’s Kyle Smith was able to get his foot on the ball first and made a right cross straight out of bounds.

Dallas kept up the press. In the 30th minute, Dallas’s Paxton Pomykal made a header from close range in center field, but Gallese came all the way out to kick it away.

Orlando Had a near goal in the 43rd minute with Ercan Kara’s attempt, but shot it high over the crossbar.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Pereyra made a shot on target, but Paes volleyed the ball up and over the crossbar.

Kara was able to make up for his earlier miss, though. During the final minute of stoppage, Pereyra made a free kick from the left side of the field and Kara headed it in over Paes’s head, finaling getting a point on the board, making the halftime score 1-0 Orlando City.

 

Second Half

Orlando City showed a bit more aggression at the beginning of the second half with a near-goal in the 48th minute. Ruan made a left cross to , who attempted a shot, but the ball hit the outside of the right side of the net.

Kyle Smith came in clutch again in the 55th minute after Dallas’s goal attempt from left field with a swift kick to cut the ball toward the stands.

Arriola turned the tide in 66th minute, putting FC Dallas on the board and tying the game 1-1.

Dallas’s Franco Jarra hammered the nail in deeper for Orlando City with a second goal in the 70th minute. Jarra fired right-footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner with the assist from Jesús Ferreira’s through ball.

Paul Arriola devastated Orlando again in the 84th minute, this time with a sharp left cross from the right of the box, missing Gallese and finding the back of the net and making the score 3-1.

After the international game break, Orlando City’s next MLS match will kick off on June 15 against New England Revolution and return home on June 18 to host the Houston Dynamo. Both games take place at 7:30pm.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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NWSL Challenge Cup: Despite Orlando Pride Midgame Rally, North Carolina Courage Still Dominate, 4-2

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Orlando Pride's Celia Jimenez and Meggie Dougherty Howard attempt to control the ball as North Carolina Courage's Jaelene Daniels attempts a steal during the NWSL Challenge Cup match at Exploria Stadium Saturday, April 16, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David III / Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride’s longstanding rival, wasted no time showing their dominance in their NWSL Challenge Cup match against the Pride Saturday.

The relatively “new” Pride–with its new head coach and roster of fresh faces–have struggled for the duration of this tournament, with all losses save for a scoreless draw against the Washington Spirit in their very first match on March 19.

 

First Half

The Courage hit the Pride with their greatest weapon: speed. The Courage scored their first goal in the third minute, courtesy of Megan Oyster’s bounce off Orlando goalie Anna Moorehouse, setting the stage for a, well, challenging game.

In the sixth minute they scored again and buried the Pride with a third goal in the ninth minute.

Orlando Pride finally got on the board in the 16th minute thanks to Darian Jenkins’ straight shot through an opening up the middle, making the score 3-1.

The Courage missed one in the 22 minute. Former Pride player Carson Pickett, now playing for North Carolina, fired a left-footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box, which Orlando goalie saved in the bottom right corner.

The battle for the ball continued until halftime, but despite NC’s dominance, Orlando was able to hold them to three points. The score was still 3-1 at halftime.

 

Second Half

The second half saw Darian Jenkins score again in the 57th minute with a headed assist from Kerry Abello (a first career point for Abello), shrinking the gap to 3-2.

Orlando’s Carrie Lawrence got hit with a yellow card in the 73rd minute, suspending her from the next game against NJ/NY Gotham FC. Montefusco received one in the 77th minute and Jenkins also got one in the 79th minute, all for bad fouls.

While the Pride were able to still hold the Courage to three goals, Debinha put the nail in Orlando’s coffin with an 89th minute goal, doubling the Courage lead to 4-2.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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