Orlando City Lions Fall Hard to Seattle Sounders FC 4-0 After Going Down a Man
By Jhamie Chin, Orlando City // August 17, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Orlando City SC (7-11-7, 28 points) fell to Seattle Sounders FC (11-12-2, 35 points) 4-0 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening before 40,453 fans.
Despite creating a few threatening chances early in the game, Orlando City fell behind in the 17th minute when Obafemi Martins powered his way through to score his eighth goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Tally Hall, who made several key saves throughout the match, came up big for the Lions in the 30th minute when the Sounders were awarded a penalty-kick. Despite Martins’ effort from the spot curling toward the corner with pace, Hall made an impressive diving save to push it wide.
However, Orlando would have an uphill battle to fight its way back into the game when defender Tyler Turner was shown a second yellow card with five minutes remaining in the first half, reducing the Lions to 10 men for the seventh time this season.
In the second half, three goals from Nelson Valdez, Obafemi Martins and second half substitute Thomas secured three points for the home side.
“We haven’t done ourselves any favors. Certainly today wasn’t good for us, unacceptable for the players we had in,” said head coach Adrian Heath.
“We have to regroup and see what we can come up to and need to instill confidence again in the players and get to a better shape. I’m a little bit concerned with our away form at this moment in time.”
“The differences between our home and away performances are night and day at this point. Individually and collectively we have to make it better,” said Heath.