MLS SOCCER Soccer

Orlando City defeats Atlanta United for first time in franchise history, 3-1

For the first time in franchise history, Orlando City have defeated its rival, Atlanta United with a 3-1 scoreline.

A goal by Junior Urso, Chris Mueller and Nani were enough for the team from Florida to earn its first three points ever at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

With the win, Orlando moves into the top three of the Eastern Conference with 14 points.

Meanwhile for the Five Stripes, the team will stay with nine points, with a record of three wins and four losses.

The first half began well for Atlanta, as the team was able to move the ball into Orlando’s side of the field and create plays towards the goal.

Just before the 10th minute mark of the first half, during a corner kick taken by Pity Martinez, Brooks Lennon was able to head the ball towards goal, but Orlando’s goalkeeper Pedro Gallese was able to get a hand on it and deflected the ball away towards another corner kick.

But just three minutes later, Junior Urso gave Orlando City the lead after scoring via a header off a corner kick taken by Chris Mueller. The header by Urso went between Guzan’s legs and into the back of the net.

Then, at the 35th minute, Orlando doubled on its lead after Chris Mueller was able to finish off a play between Benji Michel and Daryl Dike.

Before the end of the first half, George Bello was able to win a 1-v-1 situation and crossed the ball into the six-yard box but forward Adam Jahn was just a second late and was unable to connect on the ball.

Manuel Castro was able to save the cross but his shot attempt sailed wide of the goal.

In the second half, Atlanta United played more offensively but did not find the back of the net until a goal by Lennon in the 83rd minute via header, off a cross by Jurgen Damm.

All hope for an Atlanta comeback came to an end when Nani scored Orlando’s third goal of the match at the 86th minute.

Atlanta United will be back in action Wednesday night, when the team will host Inter Miami. Kick off is set for 8 p.m.

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