Orlando City’s losing way continued Saturday night.
An early own-goal from Lamine Sane and a late second-half goal from Ignacio Piatti stretched Orlando’s club-record losing streak to seven-games as the Montreal Impact secured a 2-0 victory over the Lions in front of an announced attendance of 23,498 at Orlando City Stadium.
“I want to apologize to the fans that came out tonight. The team selection falls on me, and I chose a group that went out there and we weren’t good enough tonight, so that’s my responsibility,” Orlando interim coach Bobby Murphy said after the game.
“I think the first half we had next to no energy,” added Murphy. “That might of been me thinking people can get through what they went through Wednesday night, thinking we’ll get a lift from people we brought in and none of it seemed to work.”
The Lions conceded early after a ball sent in from Montreal’s Matteo Mancosu was hit off Orlando center back Lamine Sane’s head and into his own net in the 13th minute.
Piatti sealed the victory in the 84th minute when a Saphir Taider connected with Alejandro Silva in the penalty area, who then dished the ball to an unmarked Piatti who easily slotted the ball into the net.
Orlando City (6-9-1, 19 points) is back on the road next week when they travel to take on Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 7 p.m.
Here’s how the Lions lined up:
Orlando City XI: Joe Bendik; Jonathan Spector (c), Amro Tarek, Lamine Sane; Oriol Rosell, Will Johnson, Donny Toia, Sacha Kljestan; Josue Colman, Justin Meram, Dom Dwyer.
Orlando City Bench: Earl Edwards Jr.; Scott Sutter, Chris Schuler, Dillon Powers, Victor PC Giro, Stefano Pinho, Chris Mueller.
(Photo Courtesy of Orlando City SC)
For more up-to-date stories, follow the Soccer Journal on Twitter: @OSJSoccer