First official match for the Lions it’s closer and closer meaning head coach Jason Kreis continues to implement his mindset over the players.
As OrlandoLionsDen has previously reported all these weeks, Orlando City is focused on adopting a winning mentality on all aspects of the game, based on dominating the ball as well as the control of every match in general.
With several days together, the players begin to understand each other on the playing field and it is assumed that it will be the same story when they start the new season. Also, this reciprocity is due to the interest of experienced footballers like Sacha Kljestan or Will Johnson, who work every day to bring harmony in training as Kreis requested.
On the other hand, the fact that none of the players have not assured the permanence in the starting eleven generates an internal competition that is very beneficial for the general performance of the team since it generates an important level increase in front of all of the Eastern Conference rivals.
Tomorrow it’s the 3rd Orlando City’s scrimmage of this preseason and the Lions are getting ready to face a good side such as Philadelphia Union. This match will be a great test for the players to measure its capacities and current -real- form.
Dom Dwyer interview
Dom Dwyer, the Lions' lead striker after departure Cyle Larin’s departure, told to official Orlando City sources that "everything is going well, the preseason has been a bit long for us, but we are back and we are having a decent preseason", in relation to the team’s current situation.
"The boys are getting to know each other and seeing how each one plays, we are trying to bond as a team and its very good so far", in reference to the new signings and the integration of them to Orlando’s roster.
On the other hand, Dwyer is happy to return with the group after having suffered an injury in January, assuring that he is already part of the training camps and is having contact with the ball normally.
Let’s remember that his wife, great forward and superstar Sydney Leroux, is in the city after having signed for Orlando Pride a few days ago, which is a personal improvement for Dwyer looking forward for the next season. This particular case could benefit the Lions since Dwyer will be a lot happier, potentially impacting his performance on the pitch.