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Torres’ numbers fuel Orlando City’s MLS home triumph over Chicago

Torres’ numbers fuel Orlando City’s MLS home triumph over Chicago

Torres’ numbers fuel Orlando City’s MLS home triumph over Chicago

By Kyle Foley

Orlando Sentinel Correspondent

Orlando City returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 4-2 MLS win at home to the Chicago Fire on Saturday night. The Lions have been on pace this season, but the win is a step in the right direction for a team with championship aspirations.

Facundo Torres’ pair of goals in his 100th game for Orlando (5-8-6, 21 points) led the way for a much-needed win over Chicago (4-9-6, 18 points).

“Last week was great for us to be able to build that confidence and see the work come to fruition and those things that we’ve been working on solidified in the game,” Orlando City forward Ivan Angulo said. . “We’re going to keep working, keep moving forward and thank God for the win tonight.”

It didn’t take long for Orlando to get on the board, Torres scoring in the fourth minute. He created space in the box to cut in with his left foot and curl the shot into the top corner.

The Lions were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute when Angulo was brought down after running past Chicago’s defense. Luis Muriel scored his third goal of the season and first in front of the home crowd to give Orlando a 2-0 lead.

Angulo got in on the fun with an own goal in the 29th minute. Chicago goaltender Chris Brady deflected Duncan McGuire’s shot right into Angulo’s path for an easy goal and a 3-0 lead.

Orlando defender Rodrigo Schlegel was called for a handball in the box in the 51st minute, giving Chicago a lifeline back into the game. Maren Haile-Selassie converted to cut Orlando’s lead to 3-1.

Torres gave Orlando the lead soon after with a goal in the 60th minute. His shot from outside the box was perfectly placed into the top left corner for a 4-1 lead.

The goal, Torres’ 28th with the Lions in MLS, ties him with Nani for second most in team history behind Cyle Larin (43).

“In difficult times you have to work twice as hard. I missed the Copa; it was a blow for me,” Torres said of his performances in recent games since not being selected by Uruguay for the Copa America tournament. “I had to reset my mind and focus on my family. But you have to keep working, keep going and make the most of the situation.”

A failed clearance in the 69th minute by Robin Jansson and Rafael Santos allowed Hugo Cuypers to score a second goal for Chicago.

It follows …

Orlando City at New York City FC

When: Friday at Yankee Stadium, 7:30

TV: Apple TV