Orlando City Drops 2-1 Decision at Inter Miami
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orlando City SC (8-3-8, 32 points) fell by a score of 2-1 on Saturday afternoon against Inter Miami CF (6-11-3, 21 points) at Inter Miami CF Stadium, its first defeat since August 22 following a 12-game unbeaten stretch.
Daryl Dike scored the lone goal for the Lions in the match, his fifth of the season and now trailing only Chris Mueller for the team lead in that category. Antonio Carlos recorded the assist on the finish, the first of his MLS career. In addition, forward Matheus AiÃ¡s made his Orlando City debut in the match, entering in second half stoppage time for Andrés Perea.
Head Coach Oscar Pareja:
"Good first half for us until Miami started reacting and put some better opposition in the middle and just started getting more space in there and started moving the ball. I think the first half [drop off] was pretty much at the end, we had the initiative at the beginning but then Miami started just leveling things. In the second half, they started to be sharper and we started on the opposite side, just leveling in the middle of the half and we started creating some sequences and opportunities that could put the game away. At the end, it's very dramatic for us because it happens at a moment where we have a great opportunity to unbalance the game and then we conceded that one goal. A good match, another derby and we'll keep growing. We'll keep moving, this is the league."
12' Daryl Dike (Antonio Carlos) - ORL 1, MCF 0
The Lions took the lead with Antonio Carlos sending a ball over the top, finding Daryl Dike who ran through his defender before chesting it down and sending it into the back of the net.
45' Robin Jansson (OG) - ORL 1, MCF 1
The home side leveled just before the halftime break after a shot from Blaise Matuidi deflected off the foot of defender Robin Jansson straight into the goal, the Lions' first own goal conceded since October 6, 2019.
89' Leandro GonzÃ¡lez Pirez (Lewis Morgan) - MCF 2, ORL 1
Inter Miami took the lead off of an inswinging corner from Lewis Morgan from the right side, finding the head of Leandro GonzÃ¡lez Pirez in the box for the finish.
Daryl Dike scored his fifth goal of the season on the afternoon, now tied with Nani for second on the team behind only Chris Mueller.
Antonio Carlos registered his first MLS assist on Dike's finish in the 12th minute.
Matheus AiÃ¡s made his Orlando debut in the match, entering in the 93rd minute.
With the loss, the Lions' Club-record 12-game unbeaten run came to an end.
Head Coach Oscar Pareja made three changes to his starting XI in the match, with Pedro Gallese and SebastiÃ¡n Méndez making their return from international duty, while Kyle Smith re-entered the fold as well.
Next Match: The Lions face a quick turnaround, returning home to Exploria Stadium to take on Atlanta United FC on Wednesday, Oct. 28 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Teams 1 2 F
Inter Miami CF 1 1 2
Orlando City SC 1 0 1
ORL - Daryl Dike (Antonio Carlos) 12'
MCF - Robin Jansson (OG) 45'
MCF - Leandro GonzÃ¡lez Pirez (Lewis Morgan) 89'
MCF - Leandro GonzÃ¡lez Pirez (Yellow Card) 7'
MCF - Rodolfo Pizarro (Yellow Card) 23'
ORL - JÃºnior Urso (Yellow Card) 62'
MCF - Andrés Reyes (Yellow Card) 79'
ORL - Ruan (Yellow Card) 86'
ORL - Nani (Yellow Card) 90+3'
MCF - Juan Agudelo (Yellow Card) 90+4'
MCF - John McCarthy (Yellow Card) 90+6'
Orlando City SC - GK Pedro Gallese; D Kyle Smith, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Ruan; M Chris Mueller (Benji Michel 77'), SebastiÃ¡n Méndez (Tesho Akindele 59'), JÃºnior Urso, Andrés Perea (Matheus AiÃ¡s 90+3'); F Nani ©, Daryl Dike (Joey DeZart 77')
Substitutes Not Used: GK Brian Rowe; D Alex De John, Kamal Miller, Rodrigo Schlegel; F Alexander Alavarado
Inter Miami CF - GK John McCarthy; D Ben Sweat (Brek Shea 81'), Leandro GonzÃ¡lez Pirez ©, Dylan Nealis, NicolÃ¡s Figal; M Blaise Matuidi, Wil Trapp (Victor Ulloa 81'), Rodolfo Pizarro; F MatÃas Pellegrini (Juan Agudelo 70'), JuliÃ¡n Carranza (Robbie Robinson 75'), Lewis Morgan
Substitutes Not Used: GK Drake Callender; D Mikey Ambrose, A.J. DeLaGarza, Andrés Reyes; M Federico Higuain
Details of the Game:
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: October 24, 2020
MCF - 49.1%
ORL - 50.9%
MCF - 20
ORL - 9
MCF - 1
ORL - 3
MCF - 14
ORL - 13
MCF - 12
ORL - 5
Heineken Star of the Match: Daryl Dike
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