2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Abu Danladi (90'+2')
  • Nani (70' PEN)

Danladi scores late as Loons tie Lions

VAR decision at the death preserves draw for Minnesota (1:51)

Orlando City though they were awarded a penalty to seal the win over Minnesota, but Tesho Akindele was judged to be offside and the potential handball was negated. (1:51)

Abu Danladi's stoppage-time equalizer salvaged a point for Minnesota United in a 1-1 draw with visiting Orlando City on Saturday.

In the game's 92nd minute, a long throw-in took a deflection in front of net and fell to the feet of Danladi, who converted the chance for his second goal of the season.

Two minutes later, a video review in the 94th minute erased an Orlando City penalty kick opportunity. Chase Gasper was called for a handball in the box, though the penalty decision was reversed due to an offsides in the lead-up to the play.

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Orlando benefited from a penalty kick to earn its first goal, when Nani was brought down in the box by Minnesota defender Ike Opara in the 70th minute. Nani proceeded to bury the penalty kick for his ninth goal of the season.

The non-call and late concession in extra time will weigh heavy on Orlando City (9-11-7, 34 points) as the Lions chase their first postseason berth. Orlando remains outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture, tied with seventh-place Montreal in points but behind on a tiebreaker.

The draw cost Minnesota United (12-8-6, 42 points) a chance to ensure that they remain in second place in the Western Conference through the weekend.

Minnesota's 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday saw the Loons score just once from 27 shots, and this same lack of finishing efficiency was again on display against Orlando. Minnesota United outshot the Lions by a 22-5 margin, with 15 of those shots coming in the first half.

The Loons' attack was hampered by an early exit from Angelo Rodriguez. The striker was removed in the 28th minute after suffering an apparent hamstring injury, with Danladi taking Rodriguez's place.

Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe delivered a strong performance to keep his team in the game. Rowe's five saves included knocking away a dangerous Darwin Quintero shot in the 30th minute, and also a close-range chance from Robin Lod in the 65th minute.

Minnesota is 8-1-5 on its home pitch this season. Nani's goal snapped Minnesota United's streak of 475 straight minutes without conceding a goal at home.

Mauricio Pereyra made his MLS debut, coming on at halftime as a substitute for Robinho for Orlando City. Pereyra signed a Designated Player contract on July 30.

Major League Soccer Standings

1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24

Major League Soccer Standings

1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34