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MLS: Lions Seven-Game Unbeaten Run Comes to an End With Loss at Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. – Orlando City SC (10-5-8, 38 points) dropped a 3-0 decision to Atlanta United FC (7-7-9, 30 points) on Friday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, ending a six-game unbeaten run against its neighbors to the north that dated back to the 2020 MLS campaign.

The match saw Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele tally the 200th appearance of his MLS career, entering the game in the 74th minute for Daryl Dike.

The 2014 Rookie of the Year became the first member of his SuperDraft class to reach such a milestone with the appearance.

The Five Stripes took the early lead with Marcelino Moreno receiving a short corner from the left side of the pitch before teeing up a cross to the head of George Campbell in the area for the finish.

Atlanta doubled its lead near the halftime break, with a free kick from Ezequiel Barco from the left side deflecting off the head of Daryl Dike in the box and into the back of the net.

The home side added another in the second half with Brooks Lennon sending a long ball over top for Ezequiel Barco in behind the Lions’ defense, creating space in the area before sending his shot into the bottom right corner of the net

Friday’s result saw Orlando City’s season-best seven-game unbeaten run come to an end, one that began on July 30 in a 3-2 victory over The Five Stripes.

The Lions return home on Wednesday, Sept. 15 to host CF Montréal at Exploria Stadium in a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

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