Orlando City fall to DC United following early goal


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Cyle Larin scored in the 11th minute against DC United, but it wasn’t enough for Orlando City.

Orlando City led 1-0 early but gave up two goals following an injury to Aurelien Collin as D.C. United defeated Orlando 2-1 at RFK Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

Cyle Larin gave Orlando City the lead early in the match when he scored from just inside the 18-yard box to give the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Collin went down in the with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the 64th minute and was substituted for Tyler Turner two minutes later.

D.C. United would go on to score two goals in the next 12 minutes to take a 2-1 lead over the Lions.

“I don’t think that we deserved not to take anything from the game. But, we can’t keep killing ourselves,” said head coach Adrian Heath following the match. “We shoot ourselves in the foot every week. If I’m being realistic, I thought we were the better team tonight. But, hey, it takes experience at times, and tonight we let ourselves down again with people not doing their job.”

Chris Rolfe scored the game-winner for D.C. when he put his foot on the other end of a Jairo Arrieta cross and found the back of the net in the 78th minute. Arrieta was acquired by United in a trade with Orlando CIty following the MLS Expansion Draft.

With the one-goal defeat Orlando City’s record falls to 2-5-3 with nine points for the season. The loss was also goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts’ first at RFK stadium during his eight-year MLS career.

The Lions will have a day off on Thursday before getting back to training in preparation for a matchup against the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday at the Citrus Bowl.

Kick off for Sunday’s game is set for 5 p.m. with the game being televised on ESPN2.