Orlando City attempts to snap six-game skid when it…

Orlando City attempts to snap six-game skid when it hosts Impact

The Montreal Impact crushed Orlando City SC 3-0 on June 13, resulting in the departure of Lions coach Jason Kreis.

Orlando City will be looking for revenge Saturday when it returns to MLS play for the first time since Kreis‘ removal to host the Impact in a rematch at Orlando City Stadium.

Mired in a six-game losing streak in MLS play, Orlando City parted ways with Kreis on June 15. Assistant Bobby Murphy is acting as interim coach for the Lions.

Orlando City did pick up a win over D.C. United in U.S. Open Cup play Wednesday.

“It‘s certainly not going to be easy to get home (Thursday) afternoon and have a short training on Friday and be ready to play on Saturday,” Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan told reporters after the win over D.C. United on Wednesday. “But we also know our backs are against the wall, and at any point in the season if we really need to dig deep and grind out another result, that would probably be on Saturday.”

Orlando City has surrendered 31 goals, tied for most in MLS with Montreal and San Jose. Seventeen of those goals have come in their last six outings. In an attempt to shore up the defense, the Lions signed defender Shane O‘Neill this week.

Montreal enters Saturday‘s game having won two of its last three. The Impact are unbeaten in their last three matches against Orlando City. Ignacio Piatti scored twice in Montreal‘s previous win over the Lions.

“Only by keeping this collective spirit state of sacrifice for the team we will move forward,” Montreal coach Remi Garde told the team‘s website. “It has a causal connection that is evident between the fact that everyone is at the service of the team and our success. Perhaps the success that has led us for so many games is a little bit of a smile. It‘s up to us to continue to build a form of trust that has been lacking before.”

–Field Level Media


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