Orlando City rallies to victory over Montreal, snap winless skid

Ignacio Piatti may have scored the first goal for the Impact, but Cyle Larin’s two-goal performance spearheaded Orlando City to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact Saturday night at Camping World Stadium.

Ricardo Kaká tallied two assists as the Lions (3-3-5, 14 points) snapped a six-game winless run in front of 34,081 fans in attendance.

“They kept going, they kept going all night,” said Orlando City coach Adrian Heath on the team performance. “Regardless of what happens, we have to keep going until the final whistle. Don’t give in, and they didn’t. We got a win tonight, and I think confidence will set us up nicely for Wednesday.”

The Impact (4-4-4, 16 points) wasted no time scoring the opening goal when Lucas Ontivero dished a ball to Piatti, who proceeded by beating Lions defender Rafael Ramos in the final third to strike the ball past Joe Bendik in the fourth minute.

Heath’s men displayed a lackluster performance for most of the first half, but it all changed before the halftime whistle when Larin drew a free kick outside the 18.

Kaká stepped up to take the set piece, which connected with Larin in the 43rd minute to head the ball past Evan Bush for the equalizer.


Ricardo Kaka celebrating after assisting Cyle Larin with the game-winning assist in the 87th minute. (Victor Tan / Orlando Soccer Journal)

“When we work for each other, we get the result we want,” said Larin, who’s now at six goals for the season.

Julio Baptista’s substitution in the 74th minute helped spark Orlando’s comeback. When Kaká chested a ball from Kevin Alston to Baptista, who then reconnected with the Orlando City captain to assist Larin with the game-winning goal in the 87th minute.

Orlando City outshot Montreal 15-3 while maintaining 49.8 percent possession of the game ball for the entire game.

The Impact are now six games without a victory, and played without Didier Drogba on Saturday.

Orlando City hosts the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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