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Orlando City’s home-unbeaten streak snapped by Richmond

Photo Credit: Ty Wright
Forward Dennis Chin should see his playing time increased with the loss of USL Pro leading scorer, Dom Dwyer.

Orlando City looked out of sync yesterday, as the Richmond Kickers handed the Lions a rare home loss after scoring two goals in the second half of play at the Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus bowl.

The 2-0 loss was significant because it ended Orlando’s regular season home-unbeaten streak of 25 games, which is a league record. The teams previous home loss dates back to June 10, 2011 when they went down 2-1 to the Antigua Barracuda.

“We’ve done well at home,” said Orlando City manager Adrian Heath. “We’ve made this place a bit of a fortress.”

Despite Orlando out-shooting Richmond 7-5, the score remained 0-0 as the first 45 minutes of play concluded.

Both teams had favorable chances before taking to the locker room at halftime but could not capitalize. Orlando midfielder, Jamie Watson, had an opportunity to put the first score on the board in the 21st minute but failed to capitalize on a cross from defender, Luke Boden, as his header sailed just right over the crossbar.

Richmond (8-0-5, 29 points) attempted to turn up the pressure going into the first set of stoppage time putting a string of passes together creating good looks at the goal for strikers- Michael Seaton and Brian Ownby, before being saved by City’s goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo.

Orlando City (10-2-2, 32 points) starting XI went through a drastic change as the USL Pro goal leader, Dom Dwyer, was not available for play after being recalled to Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City’s Major League Soccer affiliate, on Thursday just a day before Sporting Kansas terminated defender Yann Songo’o’s contract ending his ties with Orlando.

Renan Boufleur made his debut for Orlando City, as the defenseman played all 90 minutes after being traded from Phoenix FC earlier in the week.

After back-and-forth action in the second-half Richmond striker, Michael Seaton, was able to breakaway from Orlando City defensive line before netting the first goal in the 57th minute of play giving the Kickers a 1-0 lead. His teammate, Bryan Ownby would score the only other goal of the match in the 78th minute- converting a bicycle kick past Gallardo from just inside the 18-yard box.

“Richmond had a gameplan and obviously it worked because they won 2-0,” said Orlando City midfielder James O’Connor after the game. “But I think if we take our chances it’s slightly different.”

Orlando City will embark on a two-game road trip before they return home to face Charleston Battery (7-3-5, 26 points) on July 11.

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