Head coach Jason Kreis is focusing on physical condition in the current trainings as the Lions could not play past weekend due to international games. This week practices are meant to keep the Lions on track looking forward to the Saturday’s game against New York Red Bulls.
This “free weekend” Orlando City had served to clear the players head in relation to the negative record they have achieved in the firsts three games of the MLS season: 0 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses.
Also, the focus on physical shape will keep the players fit for the next regular season game as they need to be when they face a tough side such as New York Red Bulls. However, injuries are a continuous problem for the Lions since Rosell, Pinho and Spector are out of action for now.
New York Red Bulls
The northeast team is going through a great moment as they are in CONCACAF’s Champion’s League semifinal and in a good run in the MLS.
So far now in the regular season, New York Red Bulls have won against Portland Timbers and Minnesota United 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. However, Real Salt Lake managed to beat the Red Bulls 1-0 in an intense match.
Taking this numbers in account, the Lions must be in both great physical and mental conditions to be capable of defeating this team.
Dwyer and Colmán back to the pitch
The main Lions’ forward Dom Dwyer is already available to play and debut for Orlando City in this MLS 2018 season. In addition, Colmán is fully recovered from his injury and is more than ready to contribute as a starter for the team. The Paraguayan entered in the second half for Orlando City in the last match against New York City when everything was already decided, however, he is now a starting line-up candidate.
With this two “additions”, the Lions increase their chances of turning the tables and set a winning run from now on.