It started so well. Orlando City was on the front foot for the first 15 minutes, but the 20 minutes that followed were devastating as Nani was sent off after a second yellow, and Montreal scored its second goal. This was a night that everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and the Lions paid the price as they head for the playoff goal line. A second loss in a row is nothing to take lightly.
Just a note for those who read our player’s grades: Each staff member has their own scale on how they grade players. My grading involves not just stats and key moments, but also how the player performs against my expectations. If you disagree with how I, or any of our staff, approach our grades, I sincerely encourage you to join The Mane Land staff so you can use your own criteria. Now, let’s see how the Lions did in the loss to CF Montreal.
GK, Pedro Gallese, 6 — Gallese returned to Orlando City but was unable to help the Lions get any points at home. While Montreal scored four goals, three came when Orlando City was playing with only 10 men. On most of the goals there was nothing he could do, though he really didn’t seem to be himself either. He did make three saves, and one clearance. El Pulpo attempted 18 passes at a 77.8% passing rate and connected on five of 10 long balls.
D, Emmanuel Mas, 6 — Mas got the start and did well in the attack as Orlando tried to work the ball up the field connecting with Nani and Pereyra. He also was in the scrum that resulted in Ruan’s goal. Offensively, Mas took one shot. On defense he had three tackles, and one clearance. Mas attempted 34 passes and had a 79.4% passing rate with one key pass, and attempted two long balls.
D, Robin Jansson, 7.5 (MotM) — The Beefy Swede scored his first MLS goal on a tough night for the Lions. It was Orlando City’s first goal and gave the club life after Nani was sent off. Jansson also made several key defensive plays to keep the match as close as it was. I know that seems strange, but without Jansson’s defense it could have been worse, although he was partly responsible on the first Montreal goal. He attempted 45 passes and had an 88.9% passing rate, while completing three of six long balls. He had one tackle, two clearances, one blocked shot, and committed one foul.
D, Antonio Carlos, 6 — Like the rest of the back line, Carlos had to play a lot of one on one in this match, and that is difficult when the third center back is a midfielder. Defensively, Carlos made three tackles, two interceptions, one clearance, one blocked shot, and committed one foul. He attempted 31 passes and had an 87.1% passing rate, while completing two of four long balls.
D, Ruan, 6.5 — Ruan got caught out of position on Montreal’s first goal. He did make up for it later when he scored Orlando City’s second goal, cleaning up the ball as it bounced off Mas in the box. He used his speed effectively on both sides of the ball, getting back on defense, and stretching the Montreal offense. Offensively, he attempted two shots, scoring on one, with two crosses. He made one key pass, attempted two long balls, and had one successful dribble. Defensively, he made four clearances, and committed one foul. Ruan attempted 27 passes and had an 85.2% passing rate.
MF, Júnior Urso, 6.5 — Orlando City missed the Bear’s presence in the midfield. He provided spark on offense, and consistency in the midfield. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to overcome playing with 10 men. Offensively, he took one shot, made two dribbles, and suffered two fouls. Defensively Urso made three tackles and committed one foul. He attempted 39 passes and had an 82.1% passing rate, one successful through ball, and completed two out of three long balls.
MF/D, Andrés Perea, 5 — Perea started the match in the midfield and did pretty well, but as the Lions adjusted their shape to deal with being a man down, Perea was shifted into a central center back position, almost kind of a sweeper at times. Playing out of position is never easy, and though I don’t doubt that he tried his best, he still allowed a goal, and then earned a red card in the 83rd minute when he denied a scoring opportunity. Perea had two tackles, one clearance, and committed one foul. He attempted 41 passes and had a 92.7% passing rate, and completed one out of two long balls.
MF, Mauricio Pereyra, 7 — Pereyra was the playmaker that Orlando City needs every match. His through passes were pinpoint, and he provided the service on both the free kick that resulted in Jansson’s goal, and the ball to Michel that resulted in Ruan’s goal. There were times he single-handedly kept the Lions in the attack. Pereyra made two key passes, one dribble, and suffered one foul. Defensively, he made one tackle, one interception, and committed three fouls. He attempted 61 passes with an 83.6% passing rate and made one successful cross. He also completed seven of nine long balls. If it wasn’t for Jansson scoring his first MLS goal, Pereyra most likely would be Man of the Match.
MF, Silvester van der Water, 6 — Van der Water thought he scored in the seventh minute, but the offside flag was up. He looked to be dangerous in the attack, but shortly after Nani was sent off, van der Water signaled he was feeling something wrong physically. He was subbed off in the 41st minute for Chris Mueller. Offensively, van der Water had no shots that counted, made one successful dribble, and one cross. He attempted 12 passes with a 75% passing rate, with three successful long balls.
F, Nani, 4.5 — Nani earned a yellow in the 28th minute and is experienced enough to know he should be careful after that. Unfortunately, a mere seven minutes later, he was dispossessed outside Montreal’s box, and made a very poor decision to foul from behind when trying to chase down the ball. His effort earned a second yellow and, as such, a red card. The captain put Orlando City in the difficult position of playing down a man for the remainder of the match. Indeed Quioto made Orlando pay for it in the 37th minute after Nani left the pitch, putting Montreal up 2-0. Offensively, Nani took one shot that was not on target, and had two successful dribbles, Defensively, he made one tackle and as mentioned committed two fouls that resulted in his sending off. Nani attempted nine passes with a 77.8% passing rate, and two crosses.
F, Daryl Dike, 5.5 — Dike did well in hold up play, especially once Orlando was playing a man down. Offensively, he had one shot, suffered two fouls and was dispossessed once. His one shot should have been a goal, with a gaping empty net in front of him, but he sent his effort off target. Defensively, Dike made one clearance. He attempted just nine passes with a 77.8% passing rate, and had one cross. Dike came off in the 71st minute for Tesho Akindele.
MF, Chris Mueller (41’), N/A — Mueller came on for van der Water, who was feeling some sort of pain or tightness. I’m not sure if Mueller was wearing the wrong boots, but he was slipping quite a bit, and picked up a knock himself. Oscar Pareja said he tweaked his ankle. He played a total of approximately 10 minutes since he was subbed off at half. Mueller attempted one pass with a 100% passing rate, but that isn’t that impressive. He suffered one foul, and that was it. He wasn’t on long enough to warrant a grade or impact the game.
MF, Benji Michel (46’), 6.5 — Michel was a surprise sub when Mueller wasn’t able to continue at the half, but his speed was just what the Lions needed to try to get back into the match. He did well to handle the ball from Pereyra that resulted in Ruan’s goal. If he doesn’t bring it down, and find Mas in the box, the second goal never happens. Michel had one successful dribble, and suffered one foul. Defensively he made one tackle. He attempted 10 passes with a 90% passing rate, made one cross, and one successful long ball. He also had a shot on target late.
F, Tesho Akindele (71’), 5 — Akindele was brought in to spell Dike when the match was still tied at 2-2. Through no fault of Akindele, it didn’t stay that way long. He attempted 10 passes with an 80% passing rate, and made one successful dribble.
MF, Alexander Alvarado (80’), N/A — Alvarado came on to provide some more offense as the Lions tried to come back following Montreal’s third goal for defender Emmanuel Mas. He attempted 14 passes with a 92.9% passing rate, with one key pass.
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