Orlando- The Orlando City soccer stadium had a full house with over 24,000 fans this pass Saturday night as the Lions took on La Galaxy. Midfielder, Jonathan dos Santos, took a powerful shot at the goal in the 19th minute that resulted in a lone goal for the match on both ends winning the game for LA. The Orlando City Lions now stand at 4-3-7 and in the 10th position in the Eastern conference.
With 19 attempts to even the scoreboard, including a blocked penalty kick by Nani in the first half, the Lions were unsuccessful in putting the ball in the back of the net and remained scoreless in the 94-minute match at home.
Head coach for the Orlando City Lions had this to say in his opening statement during the post conference. “Look obviously, very bitter game for us to except. I think when you look at a stereotypical smash and grab, I think when you look at the volume of chances that we had the amount of possession that we had, and they only had one shot on target. It’s difficult one to take because when you look at that and it’s hard to say that we deserved to get beaten in that game, that’s for sure.”
La Galaxy was out numbered 19-4 on attempts for the match but that one attempt that ended in a goal was all that was needed to steal a win on the road in Orlando. The Lions have developed a bad habit of allowing the opposing team to score early in the first half and find themselves chasing the match.
In the previous match-up of these two teams, Orlando City lost to L.A. Galaxy 4-3 at the StubHub Center on July 29 of the 2018 season. Dom Dwyer and Cristian Higuita scored for the Lions but unfortunately Orlando Forward Dom Dwyer was unavailable during this most recent match-up due to yellow card accumulations after receiving his fifth in their 5-1 blow out win against Cincinnati last Sunday.
During that 4-3 loss to Galaxy, L.A Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first MLS hat trick, which included the game winning goal. Ibrahimovic is also serving a suspension and was unavailable during this weekend’s match-up in Orlando.
The Lions looked impressive with 57% possession of the ball over-all and their passing accuracy at an outstanding 84% with 586 passes compared to the Galaxy’s 440 passes.
“The way the game transpired with the volume of chances and shots on target, the way the game was going we needed a little bit of luck.” Expressed Lions Head coach James O’Connor. It got to the stage where we had balls flashing across the face of the goal and the keeper was pulling out saves. So, I think when that happens it comes that case needing to stay focus, you need to stay mentally tough and keep doing what you are doing.”
Lions: On the Road for the next month with their first Match-up in Montreal. Not Back home until July 3rd against The Philidelphia Union at 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Galaxy: Continue their Road trip as they face Sporting Kansas City on May 29th at 5:30pm.