Thursday, May 14, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: DC United comes from behind to drop Orlando City

DC United 2-1 Orlando City
Orlando City got out to the early lead, but failed to hold on as the top team in the East got a pair of late goals to take down the expansion side.

It was all Lions early on as their goal came from Cyle Larin in the 11th minute. It was the end result of a corner that United failed to clear out of the zone.

You wond thing that Orlando would play a little more conservatively after this, being a the away team up 1-0 against the top team in the Eastern Conference. Instead they continued to attack, which is fine. It is a positive strategy and all. And it keeps things entertaining. A little more of a focus on defending might have allowed them to hold on.

It took DC United some time to get the leveling goal.  In the 70th minute, Taylor Kemp, looped in a well placed free kick that found the head of Kofi Opare followed by the upper 90 of the goal. It took them less than ten more minutes to find the lead again. Orlando was on the attack again, they lost possession and United got the chance to break out. First, a great pass from Davy Arnaud got Jario Arrieta forward. Arrieta launched a ball towards the six yard box, where Chris Rolfe was waiting to get a foot to it. He did just that and turned the ball into the goal to finish Orlando City's undoing.

It was a valiant effort from the new kids. They gave one of MLS Cup contenders quite a run for their money, but got burned in the end by a more skilled team. United retain their top spot in the East while Orlando are barely outside the playoffs at the moment.

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