Orlando City SC drop road result to New England
While Orlando City SC is currently sitting below the playoff red line, they headed to tenth place New England Revolutions Stadium to close the gap and attempt a final playoff push. Orlando is currently sitting in ninth place with 31 points, five points behind the playoff line. Orlando is going blank when it comes to closing the game out, not winning a game since the end of June, and winning a game on the road is always tough. Therefore Jason Kreis had his hands and mind full coming up with a game plan for this game, and set the following line up below:
While the New England Revolution fans began to cheer as the Revs took the field, the Lions stayed focused on the task at hand and were determined to bring home three points to their fans. The head referee blew the starting whistle, and Orlando placed a lot of offensive pressure on New England’s defense to start the match with high intensity.
Yet after the Revs drove an unsuccessful counter attack, the Lions went full defense and allowed Bendik to make two huge saves. Yet Bendik would not be able to deny an amazing shot by Kei Kamara, which made the game 1-0 in the 26th minute. Orlando is typically down before halftime, so Orlando was looking to rebound quickly before halftime, especially being on the road.
Except, Orlando just could not seem to get a break on defense as Lee Nguyen stands in the box and shoots a screamer past Bendik, to increase the score to 2-0 before halftime. But in extra time, the side referee announced that the Lee Nguyen goal was disallowed by VAR for being offside. The halftime whistle blew and the Lions walked into the locker room with their heads down, but head coach Jason Kreis had to rally the troops to ensure that they could leave this game with at least one point to stay alive in the playoff race.
The Lions came out of the locker room looking rejuvenated and attempted to attack down the field once the whistle blew to start the second half. Orlando was able to drive down the field and give the New England defense some trouble, almost scoring a goal, making the Revs sit back and play more defensive.
After being denied by VAR once, Lee Nguyen was able to break past the defense again, this time without being offsides, and was able to score a screamer against Bendik again to officially make the lead 2-0 in the 75th minute.
Orlando was unable to catch a break as Jose Aja was sent off in the 80th minute after gaining his second yellow card and making the Lions go down to a 10 man team. Orlando was unable to catch up after this, especially after Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury scored two more goals after Aja was sent off. Orlando will need to start a winning streak, and fast, yet it will be very difficult, considering their next game is on September at DC United.