Orlando City Soccer Disappoints With Loss Against Portland
The Orlando City Soccer Club is slowly climbing up from the bottom of the playoff table. With last weeks tie gaining them a spot up, they are looking to close in and continue their playoff push. Yet, Orlando traveled to Portland, to face off in a big Sunday night matchup to continue with a playoff push late in the season. With that being said, Jason Kreis made the following adjustments to the lineup and set the roster as follows:
As Orlando took the field and began to embark on their playoff journey, the referee blew the starting whistle and Orlando started hot. The Lions started to push and apply pressure, but after Portland was in the midst of a counterattack and was followed in the box by Jonathan Spector, allowing Diego Valeri to extend his goal streak to nine matches in a row, off of a penalty kick in the 15th Minute. Orlando attempted to get back to tying the game, controlling as much possession as they could, yet in the 29th Minute, Darren Mattocks was able to stretch down the field and receive a cross and beat Joe Bendik to double the Portland lead to 2-0. Orlando started to put on as much pressure as they could, trying to at least cut the lead in half before halftime, but instead the Lions were unable to do so and go into the locker room at 2-0, Jason Kreis needs to do everything he can to change the aspect of the game if the Lions want a chance at making the playoffs this year.
Orlando came out of the locker room determined to at least leave with a tie and attempt to help themselves in the playoff race. The Lions started to create an offensive push, yet once again, the Orlando defense started to allow holes and fall apart, allowing Diego Valeri another goal in the 60th Minute and giving his a brace in this match against Orlando. The life seemed sucked out of Orlando, as they knew that both their chances at winning this game and making a last-minute playoff push seemed to dwindle for the third year in a row. The final whistle blew as the Lions went into the locker room with their tails tucked between their legs as Portland dominated the match 3-0. Orlando travels back home to face the New England Revolution on a Wednesday night game on 9-27. While this game is practically meaningless for the Orlando City Soccer Club, it would be nice to give the fans a home win and something to watch for this week.