Or­lando City

Or­lando ea­ger to re­bound from de­feat

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Jor­dan Cul­ver

coach Ja­son Kreis hopes his team, which is trav­el­ing to Toronto tonight, will re­bound af­ter its re­cent loss.

The last time Or­lando City lost a match, the club re­sponded by rat­tling off a fran­chise-record six con­sec­u­tive wins.

Be­fore fall­ing 2-1 at home to ri­val At­lanta United on Sun­day, it had been a while since Or­lando City had to deal with a loss. The Lions’ last de­feat be­fore Sun­day’s game was a 2-0 loss to NY­CFC on March 17, be­fore the club had the ser­vices of striker Dom Dwyer.

Plus, the NY­CFC loss was Sacha Kl­jes­tan’s first match with the Lions, Cris­tian Hi­gu­ita hadn’t yet found his form and coach Ja­son Kreis was still uti­liz­ing a 4-4-2 for­ma­tion with a di­a­mond­shaped mid­field.

The loss to NY­CFC might as well have oc­curred in a dif­fer­ent sea­son when com­pared to last week's loss to At­lanta United. And Kreis is look­ing for­ward to see­ing how his club re­sponds to los­ing this time around. Or­lando City (6-3-1, 19 points) takes on Toronto FC (2-6-1, 7 points) at 8 p.m. on to­day at BMO Field.

“It’s a re­ally dif­fi­cult place to go, which I do think says some­thing be­cause how we have taken this emo­tional loss af­ter hav­ing six wins a row,” Kreis said. “So it will be, as it al­ways is, about the re­sponse.”

Toronto FC might be short­handed, but the Reds are still the reign­ing MLS Cup cham­pi­ons. A poor re­cent run of form doesn’t mean Or­lando City can re­lax, Kreis said. He also ref­er­enced the last time Or­lando City had a Fri­day match — the Lions recorded their only clean sheet of the sea­son in a 2-0 win over the Philadel­phia Union.

“I think the con­fi­dence needs to come from within right now,” Kreis said.

“In the sec­ond half against At­lanta, I think we can take a lot of con­fi­dence from that per­for­mance and say that when we re­ally put our mind to it and play the right way — what we’re look­ing to do — we can be quite ef­fec­tive.

“As we go through the sea­son, we know we’re go­ing to have mul­ti­ple times where we’re play­ing three times in a week, so it’s im­por­tant to see how our guys react to a bit of a short turn­around. Last time we did it, we did quite well.”

The “we’re fo­cused on us” mind­set has been some­thing of a mantra this sea­son, and it’s some­thing play­ers re­peated ahead of to­day’s match.

“We want to play our game,” cen­ter­back Amro Tarek said. “We want to win each game. We don’t care [who we play against].”

Or­lando City is also fo­cused on not giv­ing up the first goal. De­spite some suc­cess this sea­son, Or­lando City has con­ceded first in eight of out of 10 matches.

“I think we can all make a con­certed ef­fort to be bet­ter de­fen­sively,” said right back Will John­son. “A lot of that starts with the ball.”

The Lions will play to­day’s match with a miss­ing player of their own. Mid­fielder Yoshi Yotún, who has been named to the MLS Team of the Week twice this sea­son, will sit out to­day’s match af­ter pick­ing up his fifth yel­low card of the sea­son last week against At­lanta.

Hold­ing mid­fielder Uri Rosell will likely step into the start­ing XI with Yotún side­lined. Rosell played the en­tire sec­ond half against the Five Stripes and – ac­cord­ing to Kreis – played his best match of the sea­son.

“Uri’s a high-level player,” Kreis said. “That’s why we brought him here. He’s been a player that’s been wait­ing for his op­por­tu­nity to start in a match. He’s come into some matches had some re­ally pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions. I would say [against At­lanta] was his most pos­i­tive one. Very, very sound tac­ti­cal player, but can also get around the park and made tack­les.”

Rosell said he’s put the At­lanta match be­hind him, as has the rest of the club. He said the Lions are ready, de­spite a short week to pre­pare.

“I think the good think about soc­cer is you’re just look­ing for­ward [to] the next game,” he said. “Of course, we felt that we could [get] a bet­ter re­sult, but we have to think for­ward. We have a very good op­po­nent in front of us. Hope­fully we can win.”


Or­lando City head coach Ja­son Kreis is look­ing for­ward to see­ing how his club re­sponds af­ter los­ing to ri­val At­lanta, an emo­tional de­feat which fol­lowed 6 straight wins. The Lions face Toronto tonight on the road.


Or­lando City’s Uri Rosell is ex­pected to take on a big­ger role dur­ing the Lions’ match at Toronto FC. Rosell says he’s put the At­lanta loss be­hind him, as has the rest of the club.

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