Orlando City falls out of U.S. Open Cup against Sporting Kansas City; Attack of the lower divisions as MLS goes 7-7
Orlando City fell to Sporting Kansas City last night, 3-2, ending their 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup run. But it was not without its controversy.
The issues deal with Sporting midfielder Aurelien Collin. Mid-way through the first half (23′), he yanked Jamie Watson just outside the penalty box on an attack. Even though he was the last defender, he was only shown a yellow card. Even KC fans I was discussing the match with online thought he got away with something.
The issue was further intensified later in the match when Collin wasn’t even stopped for a foul on a challenge that some thought was worthy of a yellow card itself.
Orlando City showed initiative for most of the match, but the Sporting defense was able to clam up early on. The first goal came right at the death of the first half (45+2′) when adjunct captain Paulo Nagamura struck a wündergoal from 30 yards that nobody, much less Miguel Gallardo, would’ve been able to get to.
The Lions continued to press, and finally hit paydirt at 55′ when Kevin Molino buried a pass from Erik Ustruck. But KC was reloading, subbing in nominal starters CJ Sapong and Graham Zusi. That opened the match up for Soony Saad, who notched a quick brace with goals at 65′ and 69′.
During the intermission after KC’s third goal, Anthony Pulis was flagged by the fourth official, caught elbowing a KC player. The incident was off-camera, so we’re not sure who it was, or what possessed him to do it. He was sent off as a result.
Throughout the match, Dennis Chin got several shots at goal, but couldn’t strike his shot until 84′, giving Orlando City new life late. Although they weren’t able to get the equalizer in time, the match was still very close the whole way, with Migual Gallardo notching eight saves to do his part.
Orlando City now focuses on USL Pro play, travelling to Wilmington for a match on Saturday night.