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Charlotte FC falls to Orlando City SC 2-1

In the first match between both teams, a loss darkened the blue and black's time in the Sunshine State.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando City SC hosted Charlotte FC in a conference match on Saturday, but the blue and black didn't see the light of a win in the Sunshine State.

Orlando City defended the home pitch with a 2-1 victory over Charlotte, the teams' first meeting in MLS play. FC now has three wins, one draw, and six losses in its inaugural conference season.

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Fullback Ruan scored his third career MLS goal and added an assist during first-half stoppage time to lead Orlando City SC to their home pitch win.

Ruan staked Orlando City (5-3-2) to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute and fed Faccundo Torres for a goal in the first minute of stoppage time for a 2-0 advantage. 

Christian Fuchs scored for Charlotte (3-6-1) in the 60th minute when he converted the club's first penalty kick. The MLS newcomers are 0-5-1 on the road this season.

Both teams had seven shots. But Orlando had a 4-1 edge in shots on goal.

Vinicius Mello, Christopher Hegardt and  Kamil Jozwiak were out with injuries for this match.

Last week, William Yarbrough made six saves to help the Colorado Rapids earn a 0-0 draw with Charlotte FC in MLS action.

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Yarbrough denied back-to-back shots by Daniel Rios and Karol Swiderski in the 49th minute for the Rapids (2-3-3). Yarbrough also had a big save in stoppage time, turning away a shot by McKinze Gaines who was through on goal, to preserve the shutout.

The Associated Press contributed to this report, using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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