Orlando City switches focus to postseason following Wednesday loss


Photo Courtsey of Mike Edmonds

Orlando City SC finishes the season with the second best record as the Richmond Kickers claim the USL Pro Regular Season Championship.

Orlando City SC dream for a three-peat USL Pro Regular Season Championship is put to rest after giving up two first-half goals to the Richmond Kickers Wednesday night on the road.

The Lions (15-4-6, 51 points) head into the postseason ranked second in the league standing behind the Kickers (15-1-9, 54 points) who remained undefeated at City Stadium in Richmond Va., giving them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

With the loss Orlando City is guaranteed home field advantage throughout the semifinals in the postseason, provided they win their quarterfinal matchup against the No. 7 seed on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando City’s opponent in that quarterfinal matchup has yet to be determined as three teams (Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Dayton) battle for the final three spots on the USL Pro standing.

The Strikers’ first goal came when forward Matthew Delicate low driven ball sailed past Orlando City’s goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo, just inside the left post during the 24th minute of play after midfielder Joseph Ngwenya found him on the cross. Wasting no time, Delicate found himself netting his second goal of the game just five minutes later, this time off an assist by William Ownby.

Orlando City’s head coach, Adrian Heath, looked to add more offensive firepower coming out of the lockerroom at halftime with a mass sub including players Freddie Braun, Christian Duke and Long Tan.

The Lions had an opportunity to bring  the deficit closer in the 60th minute of play when the club was award a penalty kick, however midfielder Kevin Molino shot sailed over the top of the crossbar. Orlando City has been held scoreless in all four of the teams losses this year.

Orlando City will conclude their regular season this Saturday, at home against the Charlotte Eagles at 7:30 p.m.