Orlando City stumble in 3-1 loss against DC United

Orlando hosts the LA Galaxy next week

Orlando City's Ramiro Enrique, left, and D.C. United's Steve Birnbaum, try to control a head ball off a corner kick during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, April 22, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Donovan Pines’ goal helped lead D.C. United to a 3-1 victory over Orlando City on Saturday.

Pines outmuscled defender César Araújo to shake free and headed home a corner kick played by Mateusz Klich to put United (3-4-2) up for good at 2-1 in the 52nd minute. It was the Pines' 25-year-old Pines' fourth career goal in MLS and his first since 2020.

Taxiarchis Fountas — who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances last season, his first in MLS — scored his first goal of 2023 to make it 1-0 in the 15th minute and Christian Benteke notched his fourth of the season when he capped the scoring in the 62nd.

Duncan McGuire scored the lone goal for Orlando (3-3-2). The 22-year-old forward, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft, has three goals and an assist in six appearances this season.

“It is a very disappointing night and not getting results at home. It’s just getting the consistency here and not getting our points at home that creates that disappointment,” Orlando head coach Oscar Pareja said after the game.

Orlando outshot United 13-9, with each team recording five shots on goal.

Tyler Miller had five saves for United. Pedro Gallese saved two of the five shots he faced for Orlando.

The match also saw Robin Jansson pass former Orlando player Chris Mueller for the Club’s all-time appearance mark in the MLS era. With the start, Jansson played in his 127th match for Orlando City across all competitions, continuing to add to the record list as he is already the Club’s all-time minutes leader.

Both teams next play Saturday. United hosts Charlotte and Orlando hosts the LA Galaxy.


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