ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2018) – In the last home game of 2018, Orlando City SC (8-21-4, 28 points) defeated Columbus Crew SC (13-11-9, 48 points) 2-1 on Sunday at Orlando City Stadium. Yoshimar Yotún and Sacha Kljestan each converted penalty kicks.
“Obviously delighted to get the win. I think it was a great performance today to try to win something for the players and especially for the supporters. It was very important that we gave a good performance and got three points. I’m pleased that we were able to do that,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said.
It looked as though the match would end level until the Lions drew their second penalty kick of the afternoon. Kljestan slotted it to the right of goal, sending Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen the wrong way to win the game in stoppage time.
Kljestan’s goal was City’s second off a penalty kick after Yotún scored in the 57th. The Peruvian floated his PK over a diving Steffen and under the bar. The goal made it 1-1 three minutes after Columbus’ Federico Higuain scored on a free kick.
After the match, Orlando City SC hosted a 7-v-7 Special Olympics Unified match between the Unified teams of Orlando City and Columbus Crew in partnership with Major League Soccer, ESPN and MLS WORKS.
The Lions close the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 28, when they visit the New York Red Bulls. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.
- M Yoshimar Yotún’s penalty kick was City’s first attempted since June 2. It is Yotún’s third penalty kick converted and his fourth goal of the season.
- M Sacha Kljestan’s penalty kick goal was his second of the season and his sixth goal of the season. It was also City’s latest goal of the season, scored in the 96th minute.
- It was the first time the Lions scored two penalty kick goals in MLS play.
- Orlando City improves to 3-1-0 all-time in home finales.
CLB - Federico Higuaín 54’
ORL - Yoshimar Yotún (PK) 57’
ORL - Sacha Kljestan (PK) 90+6’
CLB - Jonathan Mensah (Yellow Card) 33’
ORL - Dom Dwyer (Yellow Card) 37’
Orlando City SC - GK Adam Grinwis, D Mohamed El-Munir, Lamine Sané, Shane O’Neill, Scott Sutter, M Uri Rosell, Carlos Ascues (Amro Tarek 58’), Yoshimar Yotún, ⓒ Sacha Kljestan, Will Johnson (Chris Mueller 72’), F Dom Dwyer
Substitutes Not Used: GK Joe Bendik, D Donny Toia, M Cam Lindley, Tony Rocha, Josué Colmán
Columbus Crew SC - GK Zack Steffen, D Milton Valenzuela, Gastón, Sauro, Jonathan Mensah, Harrison Afful (Héctor Jiménez 75’), M Wil Trapp, Artur, Pedro Santos (Patrick Mullins 88’), Federico Higuaín, Niko Hansen (Edward Opoku 66’), F Gyasi Zardes
Substitutes Not Used: GK Jon Kempin, D Josh Williams, M Ricardo Clark, Eduardo Sosa
Details of the Game:
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Date: Oct. 21, 2018
ORL - 49.8 %
CLB - 50.2 %
ORL - 16
CLB - 8
ORL - 3
CLB - 5
ORL - 8
CLB - 11
ORL - 5
CLB - 9