Orlando City 1 DC United 1
Stefano Pinho’s last-gasp equaliser for Orlando cancelled out Yamil Asad’s direct free-kick, as DC United threw away a win after failing to take control of a match where they spent 50 minutes playing against 10 men.
After an even start, Orlando dominated before a VAR-prompted penalty was given to United, a Darren Mattocks cross striking Will Johnson’s hand.
New signing Mattocks stepped up to take the kick but it was saved, whizzing from Joe Bendik’s glove to bar to post and finally cleared away for a corner.
Orlando soon asserted themselves again, but their policy of going in hard on DC new-boy Asad twice proved to be their undoing.
A free-kick for a foul on the Argentine, taken by the man himself, swung through a mass of bodies from a crossing position on the left and into the net on the half-hour.
Shortly after, Victor Giro swung an arm going up for a header with Asad and initially received a yellow card, but after a short VAR consultation the referee produced a red.
In truth, United’s passive defending made them look like the side with ten men. Orlando created chance after chance throughout the second half and for a long time it looked like DC would get away with ceding the game.
But in injury time, with just two minutes to go, substitute Pinho got on the end of a pull-back by new club captain Jonathan Spector.
Orlando’s dominance was such that the second-half final-third pass count was 89 to 29.