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MLS: Orlando Lions Come Up Short In New England

Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.  – Orlando City SC (7-20-4, 25 points) lost 2-0 to the New England Revolution (9-12-11, 38 points) on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

“We started the second half really poor. Within the space of 10 minutes we’re 2-nil down,” Lions head coach James O’Connor said. “First half we needed more going forward. Second half we needed to start brighter and start to get on the ball. We get a suckerpunch first goal, deflected and goes in, and the second goal is a really poor goal.”

Orlando City took a scoreless draw into halftime, but Cristian Pinella opened the scoring in the 51st minute. Diego Fagundez made it 2-0 in the 55th.

Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis made four saves in his second career MLS start. Lamine Sané wore the captain’s armband for the first time as a Lion.

The Lions return to Orlando City Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to host Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. City will host Columbus Crew SC on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. ET in the 2018 home finale.

Tickets to all City home matches are available at OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

ORLANDO NOTES : Lamine Sané wore the captain’s armband for the first time as a Lion….Cristian Higuita made his 93rd career MLS appearance as a Lion, passing GK Joe Bendik (92) as the Club’s all-time leader….Adam Grinwis made his second career MLS start….RJ Allen made his 10th MLS start of the season and his first since July 26…Tony Rocha made his first start since Aug. 12….Richie Laryea made his first start since March 10.

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