Orlando City lost 4-2 to LAFC in its third straight game against a Western Conference opponent. Although they played well in the first half, the Lions were still playing from behind against the visitors, and in the second half the luge was difficult as Orlando City chased the game. Here are our five takeaways from the game.
Antonio Carlos injured
When Antônio Carlos was fouled from behind by Brian Rodríguez, he landed awkwardly and went down clutching his hamstrings. He tried to walk away with the sneakers, but the pain was too much. In the end, he was stretched and now we will have to wait to find out the severity of the injury. To say losing Carlos is bad is an understatement. He has arguably been the best centre-back in MLS so far this season. Rodrigo Schlegel is a great substitute, but it’s not Carlos. The match changed for the worse once Carlos left the match. There’s no way of knowing if his presence could have prevented one of LAFC’s goals, but Schlegel was caught well on the field on first base and failed to clear the ball on third base. of LAFC.
The duck played swimming
Pato came close to scoring a brace in the first half and, if Facundo Torres wasn’t offside, he would have. The former didn’t count because of the offside call but he still made a great run into the box for a nifty non-goal. The second was even better, plus it counted. Mauricio Pereyra started the game with a chip in the box which found Ercan Kara. Kara steered it smartly towards Pato, who caught it in the air with his left leg and into the back of the net. Pato did more than score a goal. He was seemingly all over the attack, providing serves and running errands. The number of times he was fouled by LAFC indicated that they knew he was a big threat.
Two gifts, two won
LAFC scored two goals in the first half, and both were gifted to them by Orlando City. The first saw LAFC break a through ball from Carlos Vela to Cristian Arango on the left side. Arango sent it into the penalty area past Robin Jansson and onto Brian Rodríguez’s foot for the tap. The second was a very bad backward header from Ruan that went past Pedro Gallese and off the foot of Jesús Murillo, who put LAFC in place in the 38th minute. This is the type of error that has haunted the city of Orlando in the past and needs to be corrected.
Unfortunately for Orlando City, LAFC also scored two more goals to secure victory for the visitors. The third was simply a well-taken shot from Ilie Sánchez high up in the box. The final goal was a late breakaway on a counter as Orlando City pressed for an equalizer. Without the freebies, Orlando City might have gotten at least one point.
Lack of PRO control
I know PRO is going to be PRO but referee Joe Dickerson PRO is so tough. In the first half alone, there were 19 total fouls and three yellow cards between the teams. By the end of the match, that number had risen to 32 fouls and six yellow cards. Five of those yellow cards were given to LAFC. From the numbers, you might think Dickerson had control of the game, but he didn’t.
There were several times when late calls affected the flow of the game. There was once Orlando City reset, made two assists, and then Dickerson called a foul on the Lions. It was as if he was watching a delayed broadcast of the match. There were fouls that should have been cards and no-calls that should have been fouls. I know we are sadly used to PRO referees not being good at their jobs, but Dickerson tried to stand above the usual level of bad.
João stings LAFC again
João Moutinho always seems to give his best when playing with his former club. He scored the equalizer in the 90th minute of the MLS is Back Tournament game against LAFC which sent him on penalties and saw Orlando City advance. The Portugal full-back scored his second goal for the Lions in the 45th minute to equalize for Orlando City before half-time. The goal was one of Moutinho’s four shots, two of which were on target. He was unable to secure a brace despite an opportunity in second-half stoppage time heading for a late equaliser. Oh, he also played decently on defense with three tackles, three interceptions, a clearance and a blocked shot.
That’s what I took away from the loss to LAFC. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.