Jacksonville Sports Day

MLS: Orlando City Falls to Top-Seeded New England Revolution

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Orlando City SC (10-8-8, 38 points) was defeated on the road, 2-1, by Major League Soccer leader New England Revolution (19-4-5, 62 points) on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The Lions will now face a quick turnaround, as the team heads to Music City on Wednesday for a midweek match at Nashville SC.

Daryl Dike scored the Lions’ goal in the match, his fourth of the season, off an assist from Mauricio Pereyra. With the helper, Pereyra recorded his 10th of the year to become the fourth Lions player to record a double-digit assist campaign, while also boosting his career total to 22 which ties him for second all-time in Club history.

Sebastián Méndez made his return to the Lions’ lineup for the first time since July 7 at Chicago, starting for City in the match.

The home side took the lead early on with Gustavo Bou sending a bending cross in from the left side that teammate Adam Buksa was able to volley into the net from close range

The Lions responded just nine minutes later, after Mauricio Pereyra threaded a ball into the box to Daryl Dike. The forward used his size to fend off the Revolution defender before powering a shot past USMNT teammate Matt Turner.

Before the first half whistle, the Revs got a second on the board after an own goal from Rodrigo Schlegel in what would prove to be the game-winner.

City heads back out on the road for a match against Nashville SC on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Nissan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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