Toronto FC fall for the fifth time in a row as Orlando City prevails on stoppage time goal

Kyle Smith scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to lift visiting Orlando City SC to a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC on Saturday in Toronto.

Smith headed in a corner from Alexandre Pato inside the far post.

Orlando (6-4-2, 20 points) improved to 3-1-2 on the road. Toronto (3-7-2, 11 points) has lost five in a row, the last three by shutout and two in a row in the closing minutes after allowing a 90th-minute goal to the Vancouver Whitecaps last week.

Both teams struggled to get the ball on goal and missed passes in the first half. Orlando managed seven shots in the first 45 minutes, but only one went on target, while Toronto had one of its three attempts to get on goal.

In the fourth minute, Toronto winger Jayden Nelson missed Jesus Jimenez in the box with a cross and a minute later, Orlando midfielder Facundo Torres sent a long-range shot wide to the right. of the network.

The Lions began to generate more as the half progressed. In the 12th minute, Junior Urso’s low shot from the lower right side of the box hit the outside of the net. A center by Ruan in the 17th minute ended in an easy save by Atletico goalkeeper Alex Bono and, a minute later, a center by Torres from the left aimed at Ercan Kara went too far.

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Orlando City SC hands Toronto FC its fifth straight loss

Kyle Smith’s header in the 92nd minute gives Orlando a 1-0 win over Toronto FC.

Toronto had a couple of chances midway through the frame. Luca Petrasso’s shot from inside the area in the 19th minute was blocked by Ruan and in the 24th minute, Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese saved a long shot from Jiménez.

The visitors had one of their best chances in the 39th minute with a free kick from midfielder Mauricio Pereyra but Bono jumped up to get his hand on the ball and prevent it from going into the net.

Orlando came out firing early in the second half, with Torres taking a pass from Kara, but Bono stopped him.

In the 50th minute, Gallese equalized his counterpart with a diving save on a long shot by Reds forward Deandre Kerr.

An open Kerr almost struck in the 67th minute from outside the area, but the shot went just outside the left post.

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