FLORIDA, United States (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago international Kevin Molino scored off the bench for Orlando City, while Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake saved a crucial penalty from Brazilian star Kaka to earn Philadelphia Union a 2-2 draw in Major League Soccer action here Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old Molino found the nets in the 68th minute to equalise for Orlando, after the visitors had taken a 52nd minute lead at the Camping World Stadium.
Canadian international Cyle Larin put Orlando ahead in the 71st minute before Ken Tribbett earned his side a share of the points with an equalising goal four minutes later.
The point kept Philadelphia top of the Eastern Conference with 19 points, two clear of New York City FC. Orlando lies sixth, a further two points back.
A dour first half was highlighted by Blake’s mistake, as the 25-year-old Reggae Boy brought down Kaka after the former Real Madrid star charged into the left side of the area.
However, Blake produced a great save on the resulting spot kick, diving low to his left to deny Orlando the lead in the 37th minute.
Nil-all at half-time, the game came to life in the second half when Tranquillo Barnetta gave Union the lead seven minutes after the resumption with a first-time, close-range volley from a headed pass in the box.
However, Orlando drew level through Molino, a minute after the forward came off the bench to replace Adrian Winter.
Blake came out to deal with a long, diagonal ball into the box, collided with Larin and the Philadelphia defensive pair of Fabinho and Richie Marquez, and Molino ran onto the loose ball to calmly slot into the empty bars.
Larin scrambled Kaka’s cross past Blake to give Orlando the lead three minutes later, but Barnetta capitalised on hopeless marking in the box to steal some of the headlines for the visitors.