Defensive Miscues Trip Up NYCFC In Orlando

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A pair of defensive mistakes proved to be the difference in New York City FC’s 2-1 loss to Orlando City SC Sunday at Camping World Stadium.

The loss snapped NYCFC’s four-match unbeaten streak and kept the team two points behind Eastern Conference-leading Toronto FC and one point ahead of New York Red Bulls.

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In a sluggish match that at times during the first half was played in torrential downpours typical of late August in Florida, Orlando City took their first lead just past the half-hour mark. Working down the right side, Kaka would find his way around Jefferson Mena and put in the rebound of his own shot that was first saved by NYCFC keeper Josh Saunders.

New York City would level the match in the 55th minute. A strong, patient build up by the visitors was highlighted by a Tommy McNamara cross that found Frank Lampard in the center of the box. Lampard’s shot was turned aside by Orlando keeper Joe Bendik, but the rebound was slotted home by Steven Mendoza.

Orlando City would regain the lead in the 63rd minute, and another defensive miscue lead to the goal. While NYC defender Maxime Chanot was whistled for the penalty after tripping Kaka in the box, a turnover by Chanot’s defensive mate Jason Hernandez just outside the box led to the penalty.

Kaka would beat Saunders from the spot to give Orlando a 2-1 lead.