6-goal thriller: Spector’s stoppage-time equalizer salvages draw for Orlando

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Two goals in 90 seconds from Ignacio Piatti looked to have the Montreal Impact heading for a victory, but Jonathan Spector’s stoppage-time equalizer ensured Orlando City a 3-3 draw against the visitors Saturday night in front of 25,527 fans at Orlando City Stadium.

“Another night of positives and negatives, some really big positives with us on how we played in the first 45 minutes … what we were doing with the ball, and the number of chances we created. We look composed, we managed the game well. The negatives were obviously that I felt we gave them all three goals,” Orlando City coach Jason Kreis said after the game.

Matias Perez Garcia, who scored his first goal for Orlando City, opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play after finishing a low-cross pass from Kaka and slotting it past the goalkeeper for the early lead.

The Impact equalized in the 16th minute when Piatti beat defender Jose Aja on a 50/50 ball, and then passing the ball to an open Blerim Dzemaili, who struck the ball toward the bottom-left corner past Joe Bendik for the 1-1 score.

Orlando City retook the lead in the 23rd minute after a cross from Giles Barnes found Will Johnson to strike the ball toward goal, but it rebounded off Kyle Fisher finding Carlos Rivas to hit the ball past Evan Bush for the go-ahead goal.

The Impact equalized and regained the lead within 90 minutes when Piatti scored in the 58th and 59th minute.

With a minute left in stoppage time, and with a final play left, a corner kick taken by Perez Garcia connected with Spector, who headed the ball past Bush for the game-tying goal in the 94th minute.

The Lions (7-5-4, 25 points) have only one win in their last nine games.

Kreis’ men dominated the first half, outshooting Montreal 14-2, but only managed to produce three shots in the second half. The Lions controlled possession with 58.6 percent.

Antonio Nocerino did not play for serving a one-match suspension after picking up a red card last game against the Chicago Fire on June 4.

Orlando City returns for midweek action when it travels to take on the 2016 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night at Centurylink Field. Kickoff is slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.


(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City) 


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