Maxi Moralez scored NYCFC’s lone goal. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

ORLANDO, Fla. – New York City FC could not hold onto the lead and dropped a 2-1 decision to Orlando City SC in the inaugural Orlando City Invitational at Orlando City Stadium Saturday.

The visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute off a long range shot from Maxi Moralez that just missed the fingertips of goalkeeper Brian Rowe.

The Lions answered four minutes later with a goal from newcomer Tesho Akindele. A cross from Danilo Acosta found the head of Sacha Kljestan in the box. The former Red Bulls captain flicked it behind to Akindele for the finish.

Chris Mueller followed suit shortly after, giving the Lions a 2-1 advantage. Akindele added to his contributions with an assist, sliding a ball down the left side for Mueller, who smashed it home for the eventual game-winner.

NYCFC was reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute after Jonathan Lewis was sent off following his second yellow card.

City will meet Minnesota United FC here Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. before traveling to Tennessee to meet Nashville SC (United Soccer League) Friday at 8 p.m.

NYCFC will open its fifth Major League Soccer season at Orlando Saturday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary

NYC – Maxi Moralez (Unassisted) 30’
ORL – Tesho Akindele (Sacha Kljestan, Danilo Acosta) 34’
ORL – Chris Mueller (Tesho Akindele) 37’


NYCFC – GK Sean Johnson (Luis Barraza 62’), D Ben Sweat, Alex Callens (Sebastien Ibeagha 62’), Maxime Chanot (Tony Rocha 62’), Joe Scally (Anton Tinnerholm 62’), M Alex Ring (C) (James Sands 76’), Ebenezer Ofori, Maxi Moralez, Jesus Medina (Juan Pablo Torres 85’), F Jonathan Lewis, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (Valentin Castellanos 62’).

Orlando City SC – GK Brian Rowe, D Kamal Miller, Alex De John, Shane O’Neill, Ruan (Jordan Bender 79’), M Sacha Kljestan, Will Johnson, Sebastián Méndez, Danilo Acosta, F Tesho Akindele, Chris Mueller