Orlando City dominated possession but was frustrated at the other end, and lost composure in their 3-0 loss to Toronto FC last night.
In the first half, the Lions outright dominated the Reds, taking a large majority of the possession. The Reds seemed to have great difficulty keeping the ball for themselves. Also at issue for them was their goalkeeper’s punts: Josh Bendik put one of them off Dennis Chin’s face, though it rebounded wide for a goal kick.
One of the big issues of the match was late in the first half, when a dubious offside call waved off a header goal by Long Tan. At another point, the same linesman called a goal kick when the ball didn’t seem to go fully over the line. The first half ended scoreless.
The second half started with the same domination on our end, until Taylor Morgan snuck behind Miguel Gallardo and scored the first goal for Toronto at 54′. About 20 minutes later, Kieron Bernard was called for a handball and a penalty, which was converted by Terry Dunfield.
In the immediate aftermath of the PK, an altercation occured between Adama Mbengue and one of the Toronto players. Though observers said the Toronto player started it, Adama was the only one shown red, leaving the Lions down a man and likely ending his training spell with Sporting Kansas City.
Though Toronto would add a third goal at 87′ by Jonathan Osorio, they continued to have difficulty maintaining possession against the Lions for the remainder of the match. Our team simply wasn’t able to convert any of its chances.
In the other matches of the day…
In Group A, Columbus Crew man-handled Philadelphia Union, 4-0, to take a commanding lead in Group A. Orlando City is actually in third place in the group by goal differential. If Orlando City draws their third match on Saturday against the Crew, and the Union can’t win, then we will escape the bottom of the group. Second place is possible for the Lions if both they and the Union win their third matches.
In Group B, Montreal Impact beat Tampa Bay Rowdies, 4-1; while Sporting Kansas City beat DC United, 2-0. Mechack Jerome found it very easy to work with Graham Zusi for Sporting. Montreal leads Group B, while the Rowdies have all but clinched last place with a -7 goal differential.