Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City

Orlando City beat Philadelphia Union on the road last night, to make it three wins on the bounce for Jason Kreis’ side. Dom Dwyer, and rookie Chris Mueller got the goals, as the Lions claimed all three points.

Orlando could have taken the lead in the opening ten minutes, but were unfortunate when Dom Dwyer’s effort was cleared off the line by fellow Englishman, Jack Elliott.

There was a sorry sight in the first half when City’s RJ Allen couldn’t continue after pulling up with a hamstring problem. Allen was replaced by Cristian Higuita, and Will Johnson slotted into right back, a position he is familiar with.

The breakthrough was made in the 39th minute as Sacha Kljestan played a delightful chipped pass through to Dom Dwyer who finished brilliantly after getting lucky with his first touch, but it was fully deserved. 

Dwyer’s goal was the first time that Orlando had taken the lead in a game this season.

Chris Mueller made it two in two for him as he doubled Orlando’s lead just before the half-time breaking. The rookie took advantage of some poor defending from the Union, but you can’t take anything away from the finish. (Or the celebration that was done in true CR7 fashion)

Philadelphia did have their chances, but were unable to capitalise on them and punish Orlando. I feel a better side would have made the Lions pay, but you have to give credit to City and Joe Bendik’s performance. 

Dom Dwyer was booked for a dive midway through the second half, and that is something that he needs to cut out of his game. Pretty much everything else is spot on.

The dive came a just a week after being awarded a controversial penalty against the Portland Timbers after going down easily.

Jay Simpson came on in the 75th minute for Philadelphia, and he should have scored with his first touch. Ilsinho put in a ball across the goal mouth and Simpson just had to get a touch, but failed to do so. 

It summed up the Union’s evening perfectly. 

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