May 25, 2016
Union, Orlando City play to draw
ORLANDO CITY SC 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 2
ORLANDO--A missed first-half penalty kick came back to bite Orlando City SC on Wednesday night. The Lions scored two goals in a three-minute span of the second half but had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Eastern Conference leaders the Philadelphia Union at Camping World Stadium.
Kevin Molino and Cyle Larin scored for Orlando City (3-3-6, 15 points), which remained undefeated at home in 2016 (2-0-5).
Tranquillo Barnetta and rookie Ken Tribbett scored a goal apiece for the Union, who remain in first place in the Eastern Conference at 5-3-4 (19 points) and extended their unbeaten streak to six (2-0-4).
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake kept the match scoreless through the intermission by diving to stop Kaka's 36th-minute penalty kick.
Barnetta put Philly on the board in the 52nd minute. Tribbett played a gorgeous free kick into the box which found Chris Pontius. One pass later in the air, Barnetta scored.
Molino responded for the Lions in the 68th. Blake collided with Fabinho and Larin near the top of the box, the ball popped loose and Molino scored easily into an empty net.
The momentum stayed with the Lions and they went ahead 2-1 in the 71st minute on a controversial goal by Larin that may or may not have fully crossed the line before being cleared away by Fabinho.
Tribbett salvaged the point for the Union four minutes later, off a rebound.
The chippy match proved costly for Orlando City in more than just lost points. Cristian Higuita picked up his fifth yellow card in the 89th minute after throwing an elbow at Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux, and David Mateos received a straight red for a stoppage-time collision with Union substitute Fabian Herbers. Both will be suspended for Sunday's road match against New York City FC.
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