D.C. United's three-game winning streak thudded to a halt on Saturday night as Orlando City SC rode first-half goals from Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes to a 2-1 victory at RFK Stadium, United's seventh home loss in their final season at the venerable venue.
It marks the Lions' first league win since June 30 and only their second since May 31, and it may provide a bit of levity for their fans back home as they and the rest of Florida gird themselves for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
City finished the match with nine men thanks to late red cards for Servando Carrasco and Seb Hines, and Kofi Opare halved the deficit in the final minutes to set up a tense finish. But the Black-and-Red were unable to dig out a late leveler and remain in the MLS Eastern Conference basement.
RICKY IN RESERVE
: It's probably no coincidence that the Lions' aforementioned slump featured just one goal and four assists from
and two goals and one assist from Larin. Kaká was limited to a substitute's role in D.C., raising further questions about where the Brazilian fits into OCSC's plans at this stage. But he did share a friendly moment with his countryman
at game's end: