Defender Lamine Sane scored the tiebreaking goal, and Orlando City posted a franchise-record sixth consecutive victory, prevailing 3-1 over Real Salt Lake on Sunday at Orlando City Stadium.
Forward Dominic Dwyer scored his sixth goal of the season and midfielder Yoshimar Yotun added a goal and an assist for Orlando City.
Goalkeeper Joe Bendik made eight saves for the Lions (6-2-1), who won by more than one goal for just the second time during the winning streak.
Forward Corey Baird scored the lone goal for Real Salt Lake (3-5-1). Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made three saves.
Dwyer’s goal came in the 61st minute and was set up on a pass from midfielder Sacha Kljestan. The forward was rushing toward the net and was able to head the ball past Rimando to tie the score at 1.
Just three minutes later, the Lions scored on the corner kick as Yotun sent a kick toward the sea of players stationed in front of the net. Sane rose high and flicked the ball with his head and into the net to give Orlando City a 2-1 edge.
The lead was extended in the 78th minute as Dwyer’s left-footed blast was blocked by Rimando. The ball headed straight toward Yotun, who slammed the rebound into the goal to give the Lions a cushion.
Baird scored in the 12th minute to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 lead after receiving a long pass from midfielder Damir Kreilach. His dribble ahead prompted Bendik to come forward, and Baird was able to chip the ball over the sprawling goalie and into the net.
Real Salt Lake had three chances early in the second half to add to its one-goal lead.
Midfielder Albert Rusnak missed chances in the 49th and 51st minutes. His left-footed shot caromed off the right post to start the string of opportunities and, two minutes later, he had his right-footed blast from the left side of the box saved by Bendik.
In the 50th minute, forward Jefferson Savarino’s right-footed attempt was knocked aside by Bendik.
Baird was stymied from close range in the 62nd minute — between Orlando City’s first two goals — when Bendik made a kick save to stop a right-footed blast.
—Field Level Media