ORLANDO, Fla. (June 23, 2018) – In its first home game in a month, Orlando City SC (6-9-1, 19 points) fell 2-0 to the Montreal Impact (6-11-0, 18 points) on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium.
“I think the first half we had next to no energy and that might’ve been me thinking people could get through what they went through on Wednesday night, thinking we’d get a lift from some people we brought in, and none of it seemed to work,” Lions interim head coach Bobby Murphy said. “There’s nowhere to hide in this. It’s not good right now. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. That’s a choice. We just gotta keep going and go back to work.”
Murphy rolled out the same three-man back line featured in the victory over D.C. United in the Round of 16 of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, with Amro Tarek and Lamine Sané alongside captain Jonathan Spector. Donny Toia, Uri Rosell, Sacha Kljestan and Will Johnson were the midfielders, while Justin Meram, Dom Dwyer and Josué Colmán were the forwards.
Montreal opened the scoring with an own goal off Sané in the 13th minute.
In the second half, Murphy inserted rookie Chris Mueller for Tarek and replaced Johnson with Scott Sutter, who made his first appearance since April 8, in the 66th minute. PC came on for Toia in the 74th minute.
Ignacio Piatti made it 2-0 in the 84th minute. The play was originally called offside but the goal was awarded upon Video Review.
The match was the second of the Club’s two Pride in our City matches to celebrate Pride Month and honor and remember the 49 victims of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub.
Orlando City visits Atlanta United on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET before visiting 2018 expansion side LAFC on July 7. The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, July 14 to host Toronto FC.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.
- D Donny Toia made his second start of the season. He was replaced by
- D PC in the 74th minute.
- D Amro Tarek, D Lamine Sané and D Jonathan Spector started on a three-man back line for the second consecutive match across all competitions.
- F Dom Dwyer made his 150th career MLS regular-season appearance.
- D Scott Sutter made his first appearance since April 8 when he came on for M Will Johnson in the 66th minute.
MTL - Lamine Sané (Own Goal) 13’
MTL - Ignacio Piatti (Alejandro Silva, Saphir Taider) 84’
ORL - Sacha Kljestan (Yellow Card) 58’
Orlando City SC - GK Joe Bendik, D Amro Tarek (Chris Mueller 62’), D Lamine Sané, ⓒ Jonathan Spector, M Donny Toia (PC 74’), Uri Rosell, Sacha Kljestan, Will Johnson (Scott Sutter 66’), F Josué Colmán, Dom Dwyer, Justin Meram
Substitutes Not Used: GK Earl Edwards, Jr., D Chris Schuler, M Dillon Powers, F Stéfano Pinho
Montreal Impact - GK Evan Bush, D Daniel Lovitz, Rudy Camacho, Rod Fanni, Chris Duvall (Victor Cabrera 77’), M Saphir Taider, Samuel Piette, Alejandro Silva, ⓒ Ignacio Piatti, Ken Krolicki (Shamit Shome 84’), F Matteo Mancosu (Raheem Edwards 65’)
Substitutes Not Used: GK Clément Diop, D Michael Petrasso, F Anthony Jackson-Hamel
Details of the Game:
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: June 23, 2018
ORL - 54.6 %
MTL - 45.4 %
ORL - 8
MTL - 12
ORL - 5
MTL - 1
ORL - 16
MTL - 10
ORL - 4
MTL - 2