Dom Dwyer and Chris Mueller scored in the first half, Joe Bendik made six saves and Orlando City won its third straight match with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., on Friday.
Orlando (3-2-1) won in rare fashion. When Dwyer scored in the 38th minute, it marked the first time the Lions scored first this season. Mueller made it 2-0 in the 45th minute.
Philadelphia (1-2-2) has not won since a 2-0 victory over New England in the season opener on March 3.
Orlando City took advantage of the youngest backline in MLS for the two-goal margin at the half. The Union did have one bright spot when defender Jack Elliott cleared a shot by Stefano Pinho off the goal line in the ninth minute, but the performance at the other end of the field let Philadelphia down in the 27th minute.
David Accam had a clear look at goal from 15 yards but put his shot into the outside netting on the left side instead of taking a 1-0 lead. The poor finishing attempt proved costly 11 minutes later.
Sacha Kljestan chipped a ball over the defense onto the back of Dwyer. He settled the ball and slotted a shot to the far corner for his fourth goal of the season.
A turnover near midfield led to the 2-0 advantage. Mueller, a rookie from the University of Wisconsin, dribbled around several lunging defenders before depositing his second career goal from 15 yards.
Bendik preserved the shutout in the 55th minute with a right-hand save of Fabrice-Jean Picault at the near post. Bendik then stopped an 18-yard shot from Alejandro Bedoya seven minutes later.
The Union had a 20-8 shot advantage, including 6-3 in shots on goal.
Philadelphia plays at FC Dallas and Orlando hosts San Jose on April 21.
—Field Level Media