Philadelphia Union fell to Orlando City SC 2-0 in front of a crowd of 18,007 at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops Philadelphia’s record to 11-13-9 with 42 points on the season. The club returns to action next Sunday on MLS Decision Day against New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium.
Both clubs spent the majority of the first half trading opportunities. The Union created their best chance in the 31st minute thanks to the sixth overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Fabian Herbers. After receiving a pass from left back Fabinho, Tranquillo Barnetta found a pocket of space in the Orlando defense. Barnetta drew defenders towards him and found a wide open Herbers inside the box. Herbers sent his shot over the bar and was unable to cash in on the goal-scoring chance.
Orlando created their best chance in the first half in the 42nd minute of play. Kaka was fed a pass in the box and attempted to send a pass in front of Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, but defender Ken Tribbett deflected the pass towards the Philadelphia net. The ball bounced off the bar and into the hands of Blake and the match remained scoreless after the first 45 minutes of play.
Orlando was able to break through in the 59th minute after Carlos Rivas stole possession from Fabinho and found himself in a foot race to the Union net. Rivas ultimately ended up alone with Blake who came charging out of the net. Blake was able to get a piece of the attempt to slow the shot down, as defender Keegan Rosenberry came flying in to attempt to keep the match scoreless, but was unsuccessful and Orlando took the lead 1-0.
Blake was able to keep the match at 1-0 after a highlight-reel save against Matias Perez Garcia, who was able to sneak behind the Union defense and send a shot that was destined for the back of the net. Blake dove to his right and deflected the ball with his outstretched arms to deny Orlando.
Orlando broke through with their second goal of the day in stoppage time. Julio Baptista was able to get behind the Union defense and have a one-on-one situation with Blake. Baptista sent his shot towards the net and was deflected by Blake, but the ball trickled past the goal line and Orlando secured the 2-0 victory.
Philadelphia Union can secure a playoff berth next week against New York Red Bull at Talen Energy Stadium. With a win or a draw, Philadelphia can clinch a spot in the postseason. If the Union were to lose, and New England win next week, the tiebreaker would go to wins and then goal differential. Both clubs would have 11 wins, while Philadelphia currently leads New England in goal differential by 12.