Orlando City Falls at D.C. United

WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2018) – Orlando City SC (7-15-2, 23 points) fell victim to three Video Reviews in its 3-2 loss at D.C. United (5-9-6, 21 points) on Sunday at Audi Field.

“Obviously gutting. When you play like that with 10 men, get back into the game 2-2, create some chances, have an opportunity at the end,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said. “We were told in LA that if it’s clear and obvious that’s the only time to interfere. If the decision is made and it’s clear and obvious that it’s a mistake, you get involved. If it’s not clear and obvious, you’re not meant to get involved. Regardless of all that, we can’t change any of that. We need to look at the way we played with 10 men. I thought that was really encouraging.”

The match nearly went to halftime tied 0-0, but Luciano Acosta rifled the opening goal in the fourth minute of added time.

City leveled in the 50th minute when Uri Rosell crossed the ball along the endline before it bounced off United goalkeeper David Ousted and in.

Cristian Higuita was shown a straight red card upon Video Review in the 55th minute.

D.C. made it 2-1 in the 64th minute when Acosta tapped the ball under a charging Joe Bendik. Acosta was originally ruled offside, but the goal was awarded upon Video Review.

Orlando City leveled again in the 71st minute when Rosell slipped a beautiful pass in for Dom Dwyer, who chipped it over Ousted for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

But in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, Acosta headed in Rooney’s cross from near midfield. Acosta appeared offside but the goal was upheld upon Video Review.

The Lions return to action on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET when they host Atlanta United at Orlando City Stadium.

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Match Notes

  • F Dom Dwyer scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season. M Uri Rosell picked up his first assist as a Lion and his first in MLS since September 2013 while with Sporting KC on the goal.
  • F Dom Dwyer started the match with the captain’s armband for the first time as a Lion. Dwyer finished City’s last match against New England with the armband after M Sacha Kljestan and M Yoshi Yotún wore it. Dwyer passed it to M Will Johnson when he came off in the 88th minute.
  • GK Joe Bendik was City’s starting goalkeeper for the first time since July 7 at Los Angeles FC. It was Bendik’s 87th MLS appearance for City, tying F Cyle Larin for second-most in Club history.
  • M Pierre Da Silva was included the 18-man gameday lineup for the first time this season.

Scoring Summary:
DC - Luciano Acosta (Wayne Rooney) 45+4’
ORL - David Ousted (OG) 50’
DC - Luciano Acosta (Yamil Asad) 64’
ORL - Dom Dwyer (Uri Rosell) 71’
DC - Luciano Acosta (Wayne Rooney) 90+6’

Misconduct Summary:
DC - Steve Birnbaum (Yellow Card) 49’
ORL - Cristian Higuita (Red Card) 55’
ORL - Amro Tarek (Yellow Card) 86’
DC - Luciano Acosta (Yellow Card) 90+6’


D.C. United - GK David Ousted, D Joseph Mora (Ulises Segura 86’), Steve Birnbaum, Kofi Opare, Oneil Fisher (Darren Mattocks 79’), M Russell Canouse, Yamil Asad, Luciano Acosta, Paul Arriola, Zoltan Stieber, F Wayne Rooney

Substitutes Not Used: GK Bill Hamid, D Vytautas Andriuskevicius, Frederic Brillant, M Junior Moreno, F Chris Durkin

Orlando City SC - GK Joe Bendik, D Mohamed El-Munir (PC 67’), Amro Tarek, Shane O’Neill, Scott Sutter, M Uri Rosell, Will Johnson, Tony Rocha (Dillon Powers 57’), Cristian Higuita, Chris Mueller, F ⓒ Dom Dwyer (Stéfano Pinho 88’)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Earl Edwards, Jr., D Chris Schuler, M Pierre Da Silva, Josué Colmán

Details of the Game:
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: Clear
Date: Aug. 12, 2018
Attendance: 17,020


DC - 59.9 %
ORL - 40.1 %

DC - 19
ORL - 11

DC - 3
ORL - 3

DC - 9
ORL - 3

DC - 3
ORL - 4


UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.