Recap: Two early goals propel Orlando City in a rare road victory against Philadelphia Union

Mark Thor, Orlando City

Orlando City managed to do something that no other Major League Soccer club has done in a while: stealing a win at Subaru Park against the Philadelphia Union.

Thanks to a pair of goals within the first ten minutes from Martin Ojeda and Ivan Angulo, Orlando City was able to pick up all three points on the road in a 2-1 victory over the Union on Matchday 5 on Saturday night.

The Lions’ victory snapped a 24-game unbeaten run at home for the Union and was also the first time that a team had scored at least two goals in a game at Philadelphia since May 1, 2021.

Orlando wasted no time pulling ahead when Ojeda beat Philadelphia goalkeeper Joe Bendik in the 2nd minute. A goal kick from Mason Stajduhar found Ramiro Enrique, who chested the ball down to Mauricio Pereyra in the midfield. The Uruguayan floated a ball over the top to Ojeda, who stayed onside by the slimmest of margins to rip a left-footed strike to the left of Bendik, making it a 1-0 game.

The Lions doubled their lead six minutes later when Ojeda slipped a ball forward through two defenders to find Ivan Angulo on a run into the box. Angulo needed just one touch to settle the ball and tuck home his shot to the right of a diving Bendik, extending the lead to 2-0 in the 9th minute. For Angulo, it was his first goal in MLS with Orlando City since joining the club last summer.

Philadelphia pulled one back less than ten minutes later when Andres Perea, who spent two and a half years with Orlando before being traded to the Union last season, knocked in a rebound off of his own header seconds before, sending a Joaquin Torres off the post before collecting the rebound to cut Orlando’s lead in half, making it 2-1 in the 17th minute.

Both teams continued to trade chances throughout the night, with Philadelphia putting up one of their closest chances in the 75th minute when Alejandro Bedoya hit a headed ball on frame that forced a quick-reaction right-handed save from Stajduhar to keep the Lions ahead.

Orlando City was missing seven players due to international duty, including starting goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, but Stajduhar played admirably with five saves and only allowed the one goal.

How the Lions lined up

Starting XI: Mason Stajduhar; Kyle Smith, Rodrigo Schlegel, Robin Jansson, Luca Petrasso (80′ – Antonio Carlos); Felipe Martin, Cesar Araujo; Martin Ojeda, Mauricio Pereyra (85′ – Dagur Dan Thorhallsson), Ivan Angulo (70′ – Gaston Gonzalez); Ramiro Enrique (80′ – Duncan McGuire)

Bench: Jack Lynn, Abdi Salim, Rafael Santos, Shaq Mohammed, Adam Grinwis

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