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Orlando hammers Chicago, runs unbeaten streak to 6

Field Level Media
20 Sep 2020, 12:05 GMT+10

Four different players found the back of the net on Saturday as Orlando City SC extended its unbeaten run to six matches with a comfortable 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire in a wet affair at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.

Chris Mueller scored his seventh goal of the campaign in the 11th minute, Nani doubled the lead at 24 minutes, Junior Urso salted the game away in the 78th minute and Benji Michel put the exclamation point on a spectacular team performance with a goal in second-half stoppage time.

Facing a slick turf and driving rain, the game was wide open from the outset as Orlando (6-2-4, 22 points) had the better of the play early and opened the scoring when Mueller pounced on the ball in the Fire penalty area. He didn't get much on the strike, but enough to roll it past Chicago goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

The hosts then doubled the lead when Nani drifted into the box unmarked at the back post and nodded home a Mueller cross for his fourth goal of the season.

Chicago appeared to get one back at 26 minutes when Francisco Calvo tucked a glancing header past Lions goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, but upon video review, it was chalked off for offside.

The Fire (2-7-3, nine points) came out of the dressing room with energy and drew a penalty in the opening minute of the second half when Mueller dragged down Miguel Angel Navarro.

Robert Beric stepped up and slotted it into the bottom-right corner to cut the deficit in half.

Riding some momentum, the Fire appeared to draw even in the 56th minute when a strike from Boris Sekulic took a deflection and put it past Gallese, but it was reviewed and again chalked off, this time for a handball.

The hosts then put it away with 11 minutes to play thanks to Urso, who got on the end of the ball in a scramble and popped it past Shuttleworth.

Michel joined the party late on, beating Shuttleworth in the fifth minute of added time to seal the three points, while Chicago's winless run reached five matches.

--Field Level Media

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