Amro Tarek concedes penalty in Orlando City loss to Vancouver Whitecaps
Orlando City entered the game in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after losing 3-0 to Patrick Vieira’s New York City FC last Saturday. Vancouver Whitecaps came in at sixth place in the Western Conference after beating Colorado Rapids 2-1 last week.
Early dominance from Orlando saw Will Johnson’s shot force a good save from Caps’ keeper Brian Rowe. In the 20th minute, Vancouver began to get into the match as Yordy Reyna saw his header saved by Joe Bendik
Less than one minute later, Rowe produced another great fingertip save on Will Johnson’s shot from inside the box. Rowe was yet again kept on his feet shortly after when he saved Chris Mueller’s shot to keep the score 0-0.
Both Tarek and Ghazal were at the center of their team’s performances with the center-back clearing a dangerous change inside the box. Meanwhile, Ghazal looked much more comfortable in his natural midfield role, contributing tackles and precise passes, compared to when he featured as a center-back against New England Revolution a few weeks ago.
In the 36th minute, Kei Kamara scored his fifth goal of the season to put Vancouver ahead. Sasha Kljestan was close to producing an immediate response, but his shot went wide. By the end of the first half, Orlando had 58% possession and three shots on target compared to Vancouver’s 42% possession and two shots on target.
It took just two minutes into the second half for Cristian Techera to force a save from Bendik. In the 58th minute Libyan left-back Mohamed El-Munir received a second yellow card and was sent off. Surprisingly, Orlando equalized six minutes later when captain Kljestan scored his third goal of the season.
In the 76th minute, 17-year-old winger Alphonso Davies scored from a rebound to put Vancouver ahead once again. Vancouver were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute after Amro Tarek fouled Yordy Reyna inside the box. Kamara converted and scored his sixth goal this season.
Two minutes later, Reyna scored his third goal of the season from Davies’ assist. Nicolás Mezquida put the final nail in the coffin as he scored Whitecaps’ fifth and final goal of the night in injury time. Dominic Dwyer scored Orlando’s second goal in the final seconds of injury time.
The result keeps Orlando City in sixth place temporarily with 19 points from 14 games while Vancouver Whitecaps move into third place with 23 points from 16 games. The Lions will next face Impact de Montréal on June 13. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps will face Philadelphia Union on June 23.
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