The Lions did the homework and won 4-1 against Jacksonville University at Southern Oak Stadium on the first scrimmage of the current preseason.
Veteran players were decisive since Yotún (pen.), Johnson (2) and Kljestan defined the scoreboard and gave Orlando City a solid triumph. Alberto Escobado appeared for JU with one goal and reminded the Lions that they can be damaged.
However, head coach Jason Kreis told City’s media that he was “pleased with the movement of the ball and the work rate players put in”. “I’m really happy with the work so far and I think we are going places”, he added.
As OrlandoLionsDen.com reports every training recap the Lions are focusing on communication and transitions on the midfield, obtaining control of the match and dominating the pitch. This mindset will be a common concept in the next matches coming ahead.
On the other hand, according to Kreis Orlando City “had some objectives for this trip” and he feels the team reached them. For now, it’s time to move forward and set more objectives looking forward to improve the team’s effectiveness.
Continuing with this control-oriented system and offensive mentality it’s crucial to achieve a phenomenal season and win the main titles. The Lions will try to replicate today’s performance throughout the campaign so they can impose themselves over important clubs as Atlanta United or New York City.
Nevertheless, Kreis’ squad needs a much more demanding opponent to set things ready and start the engines for the real challenges in the MLS. Next preseason scrimmage is vs. Minnesota United FC at Sylvan Lake Park, Saturday, Feb.10th.