ORLANDO, Fla- The Orlando City Lions launched themselves forward with an early goal in their 1-0 victory over the Sporting Kansas City on a humid Wednesday night. The Lions (9-11-6, 33points) were desperate for the three points as they come close to the end of the regular season and strive to be a play-off contender for the 2019 MLS season.
Tesho Akindele scored his 9th MLS regular season goal when he found open space in the box as Carlos Ascues heeled the ball towards Dom Dwyer but reluctantly found open Akindele who nailed the ball into the back of the net. Akindele has now surpassed Nani and holds the most goals scored by the Orlando City Lions with nine goals.
“The coaching staff believes in me a lot”, stated Tesho during post-conference, “my teammates have been providing me with great crosses, I think the opportunity to be on the field more often. There’s a combination of a lot of things and me taking advantage of my chances…It’s been a crazy year and all in a good way.”
The Lions were in full force in the first half of the match but played more defense in the last 45 minutes. “First half not bad, couple good passes, nice goal, some good chances first half.” Stated Lions Head Coach James O Connor in his opening statement. “Second half just became a complete game of transition and became for us pure heart; I think you can see with both teams to be honest that the humidity played a huge factor in the game tonight. Both teams were really impacted by the humidity and that’s when you need the character and the heart to be able to push through and that is the one massive credit that I can give the players is the heart and commitment that they showed to dig in and push through because it was very tough conditions tonight.”
Kansas City turned up the heat in the second half keeping the Lions goalie, Brian Rowe, on his toes with 10 total shots taken compared to the Lions 4. Striker Dom Dwyer for the Orlando City soccer club remains scoreless since the match up against the Philadelphia Union in the first week of July but continues to create chances.
ORLANDO CITY SC: On the road to Minnesota on Saturday the 17th of August @8pm and then back home to face Atlanta United who knocked them of the U.S Open Cup on August 23rd @8pm.
Sporting Kansas City: Back home to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday August 17th at 7:30pm.