Jacksonville Sports Day

MLS: Orlando Mounts Late Rally but Falls to Columbus on the Road

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Orlando City SC (12-9-11, 47 points) dropped a 3-2 decision on Wednesday night, falling to 2020 MLS Cup winner Columbus Crew (11-13-8, 41 points) at Lower.com Field.

Orlando City looked to make a late-game push to level things, after defender Robin Jansson scored his third of the season in second-half stoppage time to make things 3-2 but the visitors could not find the equalizer. Daryl Dike recorded the Lions’ first goal of the night, a 52nd-minute penalty kick, good for the forward’s eighth goal of the season.

In the 74th minute of the match, Jansson became the Club’s all-time leader in minutes by a field player with 7,693, passing former midfielder Cristian Higuit.

Columbus took the lead in the 20th minute when Lucas Zelarayán finding the head of Miguel Berry in the box. The home side doubled its lead just past the half hour mark, with Zelarayán finding Derrick Etienne Jr. on the far post on a corner kick that just got beyond the outstretched punch of Pedro Gallese.

Dike pulled one back for the Lions early in the second half from the penalty spot. After his first attempt was denied, Dike got another chance due to goalkeeper movement and made no mistake on the second go with a driven shot to the same spot.

Columbus regained the two-goal advantage in the 61st minute, with Zelarayán getting another goal on the night, a long-distance shot to the far corner.

Jansson capped off the scoring on the night, a late stoppage-time goal off a cross from Tesho Akindele, but the Lions could not complete the comeback in the nine minutes of injury time.

The Lions return to the comforts of Exploria Stadium for their final home match of the regular season, set to host Nashville SC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Match Notes: Daryl Dike’s goal in the 53rd minute equaled his total goals from 2020 (8). The goal extended Dike’s current run of form, having a goal contribution in six of the Club’s last seven matches. Dike’s penalty marked the eighth goal awarded to the Lions this season, the most the side has ever won in a single campaign. It was Orlando’s fifth conversion on the season, tied for most in a year with the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons.

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