MLS Snapshot: Kaka’s stunner spoiled late; ATL, ORL draw 1-1

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The game in 100 words (or less): Eight days ago, Atlanta United visited Orlando City SC and departed central Florida with three points, courtesy of Hector Villalba’s 86th-minute winner. On Saturday, Orlando so nearly returned the favor — invading their southeastern neighbors and walking out of Bobby Dodd Stadium with a 1-0 victory of their own, courtesy of Kaka’s 25-yard bomb five minutes before halftime; it would be Orlando’s lone shot on target all afternoon — but Villalba played the part of late-game hero for a second straight week, slipping behind the backline and equalizing in the 92nd minute. Miguel Almiron hit the post twice (in nine total shots). The point pushes Orlando to within two of sixth-place Columbus Crew SC, while Atlanta remain fourth, four points back of third-place New York City FC.

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Three Four moments that mattered

15′ — Almiron hits the post from 25 — Bendik probably has it covered if its on target, but he’ll be happy he didn’t have to make the save on this one.

39′ — Almiron hits woodwork again — More of the slick, outside-in counter-attacking we’ve come to know and love from Atlanta. Unfortunately for Tata Martino’s side, Almiron found nothing but (the other) post.

40′ — Kaka smashes from distance for 1-0 — The ensuing goal kick found Cyle Larin, who laid the ball off for Kaka, and the 2007 World Player of the Year knew what to do from there.

90+2′ — Villalba slips in, makes it 1-1 — He was so nearly offside as Yamil Asad played the final ball through, and Villalba hammered it home inside the near post to rescue a point.

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Man of the match: Miguel Almiron

Goalscorers: Kaka (40′), Villalba (90+2′)