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MLS: Orlando City Beats Kansas City 2-1 to Set Club Record

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC (7-2-4, 25 points) battled to a 2-1 victory over Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City (6-5-2, 20 points) on Wednesday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

With the win, the Lions extended their unbeaten run to seven-consecutive matches, passing the previous Club-record of six set in 2018.

Tesho Akindele and Benji Michel found the back of the net for the Lions in the match, just two minutes apart from one another in the 36th and 38th minutes, respectively.

Akindele’s finish served as his second of the MLS regular season, while Benji Michel netted his fourth goal in the Lions’ last five matches in the contest.

The Lions took the lead with Ruan slotting a through ball in behind the Kansas City defense to the feet of a running Akindele, who took the angle and hit it first time into the near post for the finish.

City doubled its advantage just two minutes later, this time with Nani lofting a ball in behind for Michel, who beat the offside trap and took a pair of touches before poking it into the back of the net.

Kansas City halved the deficit shortly after the halftime break, with Gerso whipping in a cross to the far post that found the head of Johnny Russell for the finish.

Orlando City visits FC Dallas on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Toyota Stadium in a match that will serve as Head Coach Oscar Pareja’s first visit to his former club.

Match Notes: With the win, the Lions set a Club record at seven-consecutive matches unbeaten, surpassing the previous mark of six set from March 31 to May 6 of the 2018 season….Tesho Akindele scored his second goal of the regular season and his third across all competitions in the match… Benji Michel net his fourth finish for the Lions in the 38th minute, all of which have come in City’s last five games….Nani recorded his fourth assist of the year in the match and his 14th since joining the Club prior to the 2019 season, tying former Lion Yoshi Yotún for third in Club history….Ruan recorded his second assist of the season….Robin Jansson registered his 40th appearance for City, while Benji Michel tallied his 30th for the Club.

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