Orlando City Falls To New York 2-0, In Front of Record Crowd
By Jhamie Chin, Orlando City // July 19, 2015
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – After being reduced to 10 men late in the first half Orlando City SC (6-7-6, 24 points) fell to the New York Red Bulls (8-6-5, 29 points) 2-0 before 33,518 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl – the third highest attended home game for the Lions this season.
Led by Kaka, Orlando City got off to a strong start in the game, creating numerous close chances to put the second place side on the back foot.
However, the Lions would fall behind in the 21st minute after an incredible individual effort from Sacha Klejstan to curl the ball into the top corner.
The game became increasingly difficult for City in the 12 minutes later when Cyle Larin was controversially sent off for a challenge on Klejstan in midfield.
Orlando were aggressive in their efforts to push for an equalizer in the second half, whipping several dangerous crosses into the box to force nervous moments for New York goalkeeper Luis Robles and the back four.
With City committing multiple players in the final third, the Red Bulls were able to double their lead in the final minute of the game – resulting in a 2-0 final score.
The loss signifies the first time Orlando City has lost back-to-back games at home all season.
“I am really proud of the players. I thought their attitude was absolutely magnificent,” said head coach Adrian Heath.
“The fact that all evening, with 10 men, they were the dominant team on the field. But their desire to get something out of the game was incredible. They were fantastic. And if we keep playing like that, we are going to win more than we lose.”
“I guarantee you! 14 games left, and we are going to give it everything. This group is going to be fine,” said Heath.