The Union headed into this week looking for a strong performance away from home but instead gave a weak showing. The first half saw a lack of possession and a shaky backline, that allowed both Cyle Larin and Carlos Rivas to run past them. After halftime, saw more fight from the Union but in the end, the Union couldn’t leave Orlando with any points.
Luck was not on the Union’s side in the first half. There were many deflections that went Orlando’s way, and the team struggle to get calls from the ref. Possession was also not in the Union’s favor, with Orlando dominating the first half. Union goalkeeper, Andre Blake, kept the Union in the game by coming off his line multiple times to stop Orlando’s attacks. Chris Pontius had the Union’s two best shots in the first 45 minutes, with a missed hit and a header that went wide. However, just before half, Cyle Larin gave the home team the lead after a counter attack that left the Union’s defenders a step behind the play.
The 2nd half, started off better for the Union. After a few spells of possession the Union found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Fabian Herbers cross a the ball in from the right side, Bedoya was able to get a touch on it to direct it to CJ Sapong who was then able to head it past the goalkeeper. 20 minutes later and Cyle Larin again made the Union pay after getting in behind the Union’s defense, thanks to a great pass from Matías Pérez García. Giving the home side a 2-1 advantage. In the dying moments of the game, the Union almost stole a point in this game. Ilsinho had a shot that hit off the post and roll across the face of goal without going in. Seconds later, Picault cross a dangerous ball into the 6 yard box, where Bedoya headed it toward goal, but Joe Bendik, Orlando’s goalkeeper, came up with a great block.
After the loss, the Union sit in 9th place in the eastern conference ahead of DC United and New England Revolution. Due to the international break, the Union are off next week. Their next game will be April 1st, away against DC Untied.