KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Orlando City SC (7-17-3, 24 points) lost 1-0 at Sporting Kansas City (14-7-6, 48 points) on Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park.
“In any game when you get chances like that, we have to take them. Especially first half, if we go 1-nil up it can really affect the outcome of the game,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said. “The big moments are something we need to do a better job of managing. We need to capitalize on our chances and limit their chances.”
O’Connor started Joe Bendik in goal and captain Jonathan Spector, Carlos Ascues, Shane O’Neill and Scott Sutter on the back line. Uri Rosell, Will Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller and Cristian Higuita started in the midfield with Dom Dwyer up top.
After a scoreless first half, Sporting found the eventual game-winner in the 53rd minute when Yohan Croizet found Felipe Gutiérrez.
Josué Colmán replaced Mueller in the 65th minute and Stéfano Pinho came on for Johnson in the 80th.
The Lions visit the Chicago Fire on Sept. 16 for a 5 p.m. ET kickoff. The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium to host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.
D Lamine Sané was included in the 18-man gameday roster for the first time since June 30
Orlando City started the same back line for the first time since June 30 and the sixth time in 2018 across all competitions.
SKC – Felipe Gutiérrez (Yohan Croizet) 53’
ORL – Chris Mueller (Yellow Card) 38’
ORL – Will Johnson (Yellow Card) 42’
Sporting Kansas City – GK Tim Melia, D Seth Sinovic, ⓒ Matt Besler, Andreu Fontas, Graham Zusi, M Felipe Gutiérrez (Gianluca Busio 86’), Ilie Sánchez, Roger Espinoza, F Yohan Croizet (Khiry Shelton 90+3’), Krisztián Németh, Gerso Fernandes
Substitutes Not Used: GK Eric Dick, D Graham Smith, Brad Evans, Colton Storm, M Wan Kuzain
Orlando City SC – GK Joe Bendik, D ⓒ Jonathan Spector, Carlos Ascues, Shane O’Neill, Scott Sutter, M Uri Rosell, Will Johnson (Stéfano Pinho 80’), Cristian Higuita, Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller (Josué Colmán 65’), F Dom Dwyer
Substitutes Not Used: GK Earl Edwards, Jr., D Lamine Sané, RJ Allen, M Dillon Powers, Pierre Da Silva
Details of the Game:
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Date: Sept. 8, 2018
SKC – 58.3 %
ORL – 41.7 %
SKC – 16
ORL – 8
SKC – 3
ORL – 4
SKC – 8
ORL – 9
SKC – 9
ORL – 3