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Lions Knocked Out of U.S. Open Cup in Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. (July 18, 2018) – Orlando City SC lost 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday at Talen Energy Stadium.

“Bitterly disappointed to be honest,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said. “We expected a lot more given the performance level at the weekend against Toronto, I thought that was really encouraging. When we look at tonight, I don’t think we really got into the game. Second half we had phases of pressure but not enough. First half we didn’t have anywhere near enough energy. Really disappointed to go out of the Cup competition like that.”

Goalkeeper Earl Edwards, Jr. got his third Open Cup start of the year. Shane O’Neill, who was signed on June 22, made his Club debut alongside Mohamed El-Munir, Amro Tarek and Donny Toia on the back line. Sacha Kljestan, who assisted on all four of City’s Open Cup goals in 2018, wore the captain’s armband with Uri Rosell, Will Johnson, Chris Mueller and Josué Colmán in the midfield. Dom Dwyer started up top.

The Union got off to a quick start when Alejandro Bedoya rifled home a rebound in the fourth minute. Edwards saved the original shot from Fafa Picault from close range.

Edwards, who earned his first career MLS victory on Saturday, made eight saves to keep City within striking distance.

Dillon Powers came on for Chris Mueller at halftime. Stéfano Pinho replaced Colmán in the 63rd and Cam Lindley came on for Rosell in the 70th.

City returns to MLS play when it visits Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 26, to host New York City FC.

Tickets to all City home matches are available at or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

Match Notes

  • D Shane O’Neill made his Club debut in the starting XI.
  • GK Earl Edwards, Jr. made eight saves, which are the most ever by a Lion in the U.S. Open Cup.
  • D Donny Toia made his third start of 2018 across all competitions. Toia lined up at right back.
  • M Cam Lindley made his first appearance since March 31 when he came on for M Uri Rosell in the 70th minute.
  • Orlando City’s run to the Open Cup quarterfinals is its longest since 2015, when the Lions also made the quarterfinal.

Scoring Summary:

PHI - Alejandro Bedoya 4’

Misconduct Summary:
ORL - Donny Toia (Yellow Card) 85’
ORL - Will Johnson (Yellow Card) 90+1’


Philadelphia Union - GK Andre Blake, D Raymon Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie, Keegan Rosenberry, M ⓒ Alejandro Bedoya, Borek Dockal (Warren Creavalle 84’), Haris Medunjanin, F Fabrice-Jean Picault, Cory Burke (CJ Sapong 63’), David Accam (Marcus Epps 59’)

Substitutes Not Used: GK John McCarthy, D Fabinho, Jack Elliott, M Fabian Herbers

Orlando City SC - GK Earl Edwards, Jr., D Mohamed El-Munir, Amro Tarek, Shane O’Neill, Donny Toia, M Will Johnson, Uri Rosell (Cam Lindley 70’), Josué Colmán (Stéfano Pinho 61’), ⓒ Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller (Dillon Powers 46’), F Dom Dwyer

Substitutes Not Used: GK Joe Bendik, D Chris Schuler, RJ Allen, M Tony Rocha

Details of the Game:
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: Clear
Date: July 18, 2018
Attendance: 7,176


PHI - 53.6 %
ORL - 46.4 %

PHI - 19
ORL - 10

PHI - 4
ORL - 8

PHI - 8
ORL - 8

PHI - 8
ORL - 3


September 11, 2020: Major League Soccer has announced the 2020 regular season schedule through the end of September. From September 18-27, each MLS club will compete in three regular season matches. Additional 2020 MLS regular season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols. Attendance at matches will be determined in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.