By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Chester, Pa. — The Philadelphia Union suffered its first loss at home since September 2021. The Union was defeated by Orlando City SC 2-1 on Saturday night at Subaru Park.
The win moved Orlando City SC into fourth place with their record. They currently have a 2-2-1 record and eight points.
The Union fell to eighth place in the conference with the loss. They are now 2-0-3 on the season and have six points.
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Philadelphia was missing nine players with the majority of the players away on international duty. Julián Carranza was out due to a red card in the previous game.
This was the Union’s first home loss since a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution. This snapped a 24-game home undefeated streak near the Delaware River.
The team had 11 wins at home during this streak before the loss.
Orlando City SC jumped on the Union early. Martin Ojeda beat Union backup goaltender Joe Bendik, who was in for star Andre Blake, who is injured with a groin injury and international duty.
Ivan Angulo then beat Bendik to go up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes.
“Obviously important to score early in the game,” Orlando City SC head coach Oscar Pareja said. “That just gave us confidence for sure against a rival that is very strong at home. We know about their verticality and their volume going forward, but leading the score and having those consecutive goals, that for sure just gave us confidence during the game. It was very important for us”
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The Union cut the lead to 2-1 in the 17th minute when Andres Perea scored. However, they could not score on their additional attempts throughout the rest of the game.
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