Sunday, April 8, 2018

Orlando City SC 3, Portland Timbers 2 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Orlando City's run of late heroics continued on Sunday afternoon as Dom Dwyer's 87th minute strike capped a ferocious 3-2 comeback win for the Lions, who trailed the Portland Timbers by two goals as late as the 80th minute.
The drama didn't start with Orlando's comeback, though. The first major talking point of the game came in the the 16th minute as Portland midfielder Sebastian Blanco was initially shown his second yellow card for a dive after going down under pressure from Orlando's Mohamed El-Munir in the penalty area. The play was reviewed for a potential penalty kick, which was subsequently awarded by referee Baldomero Toledo and converted by Diego Valeri, while Blanco was granted a reprieve.
The Timbers hit the woodwork twice in the opening four minutes of the second half and looked to be cruising following Bill Tuiloma's first MLS goal, off a Valeri free kick not long after. However, Orlando grabbed one back in the 80th minute as rookie Chris Mueller headed in a first MLS goal of his own and found themselves level just two minutes later after Sacha Kljestan converted a penalty kick drawn by Dwyer.
Just eight minutes after his team was down by two goals, Dwyer netted a second game-winning goal in as many games, keeping his balance in the area before turning and slotting past Jake Gleeson with his weaker right foot to cap a strong individual effort.

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