Benji Michel was signed to a Homegrown deal, becoming the club's fifth homegrown player; the first to be born in Orlando and come up through the Development Academy.
Luiz Muzzi continued to argue the case throughout the Combine and events leading up to the SuperDraft stating "We feel like the league did us wrong on this one. It marked only the second time that the club would play preseason games open to the public following a friendly against Bahia in February Minnesota United would finish on the same record but with worse goal difference.
The game finished 2—2 after the Lions trailed 2—0 at the break thanks to goals by Mueller and debutant Akindele. The result meant Orlando remained unbeaten on matchday one since joining MLS.
The game ended 1—1 when C.
Sapong equalized for man Fire in the final minute. The first defeat of the season came in week three as Orlando lost 3—1 to Montreal Impact at home. Ignacio Piatti scored a brace to take his all-time individual total against the Lions to 10 goals in 10 games, the most of any single player against Orlando in MLS while Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe was forced into a career-high eight saves.
Former Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan scored the only goal of the game as the Lions got their first road win since April 29, , the first of James O'Connor's reign, and also kept their first clean sheet on the road since April 13, The result followed a series of controversial calls on the Rooney goal including a phantom foul, incorrect ball placement and impeding of the Orlando goalkeeper, none of which were called or looked at by VAR and led to a post-match tirade by O'Connor who slammed the officiating.
Designated player Nani scored his first goals for the club including an 89th minute penalty to secure a 4—3 win over Colorado Rapids following a lengthy lightning delay at half-time.
It was the first time in the teams' five meetings that RSL had won. Nani scored in his fourth consecutive game to equal Dom Dwyer 's club record goal streak set in April It was the first time since May 6, that Orlando had won a game by more than one goal.
As a result, the stadium was renamed Exploria Stadium. The game was notable for Robin Jansson 's first goal as a Lion. They lost 1—0 to D. United after Wayne Rooney scored from within his own half. On July 3, Orlando lost 3—1 at home with Jansson and Kljestan both receiving red cards during the game.
Adam Grinwis made two saves in the shoot-out. Former Dallas player Tesho Akindele opened the scoring in his first appearance against the team following a move in the offseason before Carlos Ascues scored his first goal as a Lion since joining in Minnesota scored a stoppage time equalizer in the 1—1 draw after a Nani penalty had put Orlando ahead.
At the end of the gameweek, Orlando had moved back up to eight place in the conference.
Despite trailing 3—1 at halftime, Orlando fought back to score two unanswered goals and earn a 3—3 draw. Nani was involved in every goal, scoring twice and registering one assist to set a new team record in single-season goal involvements with However, a win for Chicago Fire pushed Orlando down to tenth while they still remained four points behind New England.
Having taken the lead through a sixth minute Dwyer goal, their earliest goal of the season, Orlando had the potential to move back up the eighth and back within two points of the playoffs were they to hold on to the lead as both New England and Chicago had tied in their earlier matches.
However, two unanswered second half goals for Houston meant Orlando lost 2—1, keeping them in tenth.
The result, coupled with New England's victory over NYCFC, officially eliminated the team from playoff contention with one regular season game left. It broke the MLS record for most goals conceded in a single season set the previous year by Orlando City.