Yesterday the Lions had their last training day in Jacksonville before the first scrimmage of the preseason and welcomed Libyan left-back Mohamed El-Munir who just arrived to U.S.
Jason Kreis wrapped up everything to be ready for Jacksonville University. The squad had two weeks of intense training looking forward to build a compact team that can perform really well in every part of the field.
The offensive and midfield looked great in these 14 days of practice, showing Orlando City will be capable of disputing the goal scorer rankings this 2018. In addition, communication as a premise will provide the Lions a fair advantage over the opposing clubs.
On the other hand, with Amro Tarek’s signing the defensive line gets stronger while Kreis has another option to choose from, however, there are only two “pure” center-backs in the team, meaning the head coach will have to get creative when rotating positions.
Regarding Mohamed El-Munir, the former FK Partizan Belgrade joined Kreis’ boys today and gave an interview to Orlando City’s media. “When I came everyone welcomed me and I feel like I’m home or like I’m here since a long time” told El-Munir about his arrival.
Taking in account his role in the team, El-Munir said “whatever we have to do we will do it since we have one goal, no matter what”, “we will do our best to reach our goal”, he added. Nevertheless, he pointed out he prefers to play as a left-back rather than as a winger.
According to El-Munir, he is a “technical player that likes to attack”, so we can expect his projections in the offensive when Orlando City is in control of the ball and pushing forward. With the full-backs on the front line helping the forwards, the Lions can create more chances and combinations, however, they would need a correct positioning to be prepared for a counter attack.
The Libyan player won’t be part of the team for today’s game against Jacksonville University which means we will have to wait a bit more to see him on the pitch.