Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Night MLS: Orlando triumphs with early Larin goal

New York City 0-1 Orlando City
The battle of last season's expansion clubs got off to a rocket fast start. Cyle Larin had the visiting Orlando City up in front in the seventh minute. It was sort of an accidental goal, too. Rafael Ramos played a cross into the penalty area that was aimed into traffic. it just kind of fell to Larin for an easy header. But that would round out the scoring. That's not to say there weren't any chances, though. Mix Diskerud had a blast saved by Joe Bendik off a poorly defended corner in the 17th minute. Bendik would also make a stop on Diskerud at the hour mark. Mix made a lazy shot off one on one with the Orlando keeper. Tony Taylor would miss a sitter seconds later. Finally, Kevin Molino couldn't coral a pass when he had a wide open goal in front of him in the 62nd.

The poor finishing was the real story of the match. New York had the bulk of the possession after the opening goal, but failed to produce anything but all those failed chances. They held a two-thirds possession advantage on the match and they managed to take 16 shots. Of those, only six were on Joe Bendik's target.

This is Orlando City's first win on the young season after a pair of draws to open things up. New York City suffers their first loss of the year to go along with their one win and one draw.

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