Orlando City have been perfect in their brand-new arena, taking three wins from three matches so far this season.
Saturday afternoon that winning streak was extended to four, as an injury time strike by Cyle Larin gave Orlando a last-gasp 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy.
#LAGalaxy Starting XI: Diop; Smith, Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Alessandrini, João Pedro, Jones, Boateng; Zardes, Giovani #ORLvLA pic.twitter.com/9E0BohCSfG— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) April 15, 2017
With the Galaxy fielding the same starting XI in consecutive games, there was hope LA could keep up the momentum from last week’s victory over the Montreal Impact.
Well, that didn’t happen. The early going was a calamity for the Galaxy defense, as a Jonathan Spector header beat Clement Diop in goal but magically bounced off both posts before Giles Barnes’ shot a few feet from the line was somehow blocked by Jelle Van Damme.
Moments later, Orlando City got on the board as a clearance fell to Will Johnson, who beat Nathan Smith to the ball and expertly unleashed a volley past a helpless Diop into the right corner of the net.
Soon afterwards, a curving Carlos Rivas shot from distance smacked the left post and agonizingly teased across the line before rolling out of danger.
LA were second-best for most of the match, but the introduction of Jamieson IV gave the Galaxy life, and when Romain Alessandrini used that cannon of his to punch a low cannon off Joe Bendik’s left post and in the net, the Galaxy thought they had a share of the points.
However, lax defending on a corner kick gave Cyle Larin the space he needed inside the box to finish a volley past Diop in stoppage time, ruining the comeback for LA.