Orlando rallies for dramatic 3-2 win over Toronto FC

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Everyone was thinking it: Not again.

Orlando City let a 2-1 lead slip away in the 90th minute, and was preparing to add yet another draw to its record.

But, as usual, stoppage time means excitement at Camping World Stadium. Júlio Baptista drew a penalty when he was dragged down in the box, setting up a Kaká penalty kick in the 100th minute of play.

The captain, returning to the field for the first time in weeks, rifled the ball into the crossbar and it bounced down into the net to give Orlando City (4-3-8, 20 points) a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC (5-6-4, 19 points) Saturday night.

“I just wanted that so bad,” said Kaká, who returned from a thigh injury. “My last PK, I missed it, and I just wanted it so bad, and so I kicked so strong, and when it hit the post I thought, ‘Again? No.’ And the ball came back, and so my heart skipped.”

Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik said he and defenders Tommy Redding and David Mateos watched Kaká take the kick from the opposite end of the field and at first thought he missed.

“David kept saying, ‘I need this for my family,’“ Bendik said. “So, it was huge for us.”

The penalty kick capped an action-packed final 17 minutes in which there were three goals and a red card, handed to Toronto’s Josh Williams for foul and abusive language after arguing with the official about the penalty call.

Toronto also lost starting goalkeeper Clint Irwin to injury in the 70th minute, and were forced to sub on backup Alex Bono.

The game was tied 1-1 at that point. Orlando City midfielder Adrian Winter brought the announced crowd of 27,818 people to their feet when he netted a header in the 83rd minute as a Toronto defender knocked him off his feet, giving Winter three goals this season and putting the Lions up 2-1.

Midfielder Kevin Molino was credited with the assist, his second of the night. Bono leapt for a ball at the feet of Kevin Alston and mistakenly kept it in bounds, where Molino was able to cross it to Winter for the go-ahead goal.

Shortly after, defensive midfielder Servando Carrasco subbed on for Molino in an attempt to maintain the lead.

TFC’s Justin Morrow spoiled that plan, netting the equalizer in the 90th minute off a cross from reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco.

“Once again, we’ve left it late, but we got a result I thought we deserved,” Orlando City coach Adrian Heath said. “Maybe we might have been fortunate with the penalty. Certainly his arms were around Júlio, but you normally don’t get them, so we might have had a little bit of luck, but we’ve certainly earned that one.”

Orlando City came out aggressive on the attack from the very first minute. Kaká, Molino and Winter were playing well off each other and creating dangerous looks at goal. Forward Cyle Larin netted his eighth goal of the year when Molino tapped the ball forward to him at the far post in the fifth minute of play.

The Lions maintained a 1-0 lead until Jordan Hamilton was left wide open to equalize in the 47th minute.

When Kaká was asked by reporters in Spanish about the suspense at the end of the game with Orlando City and TFC tied 2-2 in stoppage time, he replied, “Madre mia,” an expression that roughly translates to, “Oh my” in English.

He laughed and added, “I can tell you my heart is good.”