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July 21, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Orlando City SC News Release

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Santiago Patiño scored his second professional goal on Thursday in Portland, finding the back of the net in the 44th minute to give the Lions a 1-0 lead at the half. Patiño has now scored in two of the Lions' last three league matches, having scored his first MLS goal in Philadelphia on July 6. With Patino's finish, an Orlando native has found the back of the net in three consecutive MLS games for City, with Benji Michel scoring the game-winner against Columbus on July 21 and Patiño's finish in Philadelphia two weeks ago.

In the City Beautiful

The Lions hold a 2-1-1 record against the Red Bulls in Orlando in Club history, with both of those victories coming at then-named Orlando City Stadium. City earned a 1-0 victory over the Red Bulls in 2017, a win that served as part of the Club's stretch in becoming the first team in MLS history to open a stadium with five-consecutive victories. In 2018, the Lions took a 4-3 victory over Sunday's opposition at home, a win that began the Club's record six-game win streak last season.

Last Time Around

In the Lions and Red Bulls first meeting of the season on March 23, the visitors took a 1-0 victory with City coming away from Red Bull Arena with three points. Sacha Kljestan scored the lone goal in that match against his former club, finding the back of the net for the game-winner in the 73rd minute. Kljestan currently sits tied for eighth in league history with 91 assists along with former LA Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones. His next assists will give home sole possession of eighth in league history.

Contributing Right Away

Forward Robinho made his Orlando City debut on Thursday in Portland after being traded to the Lions from the Columbus Crew on July 11. The Brazilian midfielder led the charge on Santiago Patiño's finish on the night, stripping the ball from the Timbers and driving it down the right flank before sending in a cross that landed to Patiño's feet after a Portland deflection. Robinho logged 65 minutes in his debut before being replaced by Sebastián Méndez.

Last of the Eight

Sunday's match will serve as the last of eight in a 26-day span for the Lions. Through the previous seven, City has earned a 3-2-2 record across all competitions, with two league wins and a victory in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals in that span. The Lions have averaged a match every 3.25 days throughout this difficult stretch, logging 8,670 miles with 5,060 of those coming in this week's cross-country trip to Portland.


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