Orlando City SC won its first match in Major League Soccer on a Tyler Deric own-goal, defeating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Friday. The Dynamo goalkeeper gifted Orlando its goal after a couple excellent saves on Kaká.
Pressured by substitute forward Pedro Ribeiro on an innocuous back pass from center back David Horst, Deric took a heavy first touch and was tackled by Ribeiro. The two tussled for the bouncing ball, but Deric got the last touch as he reached around Ribeiro and punched the ball into his own goal.
The Lions pressured all game, but Deric kept them out until midway through the second half. In the 41st minute, he extended toward his upper right-hand corner of the goal to claw out a Kaká free kick, cutting short the former FIFA World Player of the Year’s premature goalscoring celebration.
In the second half, Deric again stopped Kaká as he ran through the Dynamo back line and into the penalty area, one-on-one with the 26-year-old goalkeeper. He slid and deflected the ball back off Kaká and out for a goal kick.
Nine minutes later, Deric’s blunder decided the match.
It was a cruel reversal of the previous week’s fortunes for Deric and Houston. In Week 1 of the season, the goalkeeper pulled out multiple impressive saves before Houston scored late to defeat the Columbus Crew.
With the victory, Orlando remains undefeated early in its inaugural MLS season, having drawn 1-1 at home with fellow debutant New York City FC on March 8. The Lions continue their winning ways from their time in the USL, where they earned first place in three of their four regular seasons and won two league championships.
They retained Adrian Heath as manager for the transition, and he defeated fellow former Burnley coach Owen Coyle for his first MLS win on Friday. Coyle’s team moves to 1-1 in his first season in charge after its win last week.