Wanyama's heroic efforts fall short as Orlando City dominate Montreal

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STARS ABROAD Wanyama's heroic efforts fall short as Orlando City dominate Montreal

Festus Chuma 11:00 - 01.10.2023

Victor Wanyama's unwavering determination and promise of resurgence inspire hope amid Montreal's recent challenges, following heavy loss to Orlando City.

Former Harambee Stars capatain Victor Wanyama made a late-game appearance, playing the final 12 minutes for his club, Montreal, in a disappointing 3-0 loss to Orlando City on a gloomy Sunday morning.

The match not only marked Orlando City's triumph but also their establishment of a new all-time single-season points record, surpassing the previous benchmark of 51 points.

The victory also marked their 15th regular-season win, setting a new single-season record for the Lions.

Orlando City roared into action when a display of exquisite link-up play between Rafael Santos and Facundo Torres led to Torres taking a shot at goal. The ball ricocheted off the post and then rebounded off Montreal's goalkeeper, resulting in an own goal and handing Orlando City the early lead.

Midfielder Dagur Dan Thórhallsson, donning the Lions' colors, became the first to score for the night, securing his second MLS career goal with an assist from Duncan McGuire and Rafael Santos. In just four minutes, Facundo Torres added another goal, taking his season tally to 13 goals and solidifying his position as the team's top scorer.

The victory held significant milestones for Orlando City, not only in terms of records but also in the realm of leadership. The win marked Head Coach Oscar Pareja's 60th triumph with the Club, underlining his tenure's success. Furthermore, it extended City's unbeaten streak at home to an impressive 13 matches, signifying their dominance on home turf.

However, on the opposite side of the pitch, Montreal's woes continued as they struggled to maintain their form. The loss against Orlando City marked their fourth defeat in their last six games, leaving fans and players alike disappointed. Victor Wanyama, who has been a key figure in Montreal's midfield, took to social media after the match, offering words of encouragement and determination, saying, "We will bounce back stronger."

Known for his ability to control the midfield, Wanyama's absence for most of the game was felt keenly as Montreal struggled to match Orlando City's fluid play.

As they look to bounce back from this disappointing result, Wanyama's presence and leadership on the field will undoubtedly be crucial in regaining their winning form.

The defeat against Orlando City highlights the challenges Montreal faces as they strive to compete at the highest level in the MLS. Inconsistencies in performance and a lack of defensive solidity have plagued the team in recent matches. The upcoming fixtures will be crucial for Montreal's playoff aspirations, and they will need to address these issues swiftly.