Despite the results Orlando City SC has had in the past few weeks, Lions manager James O’Connor is pleased with the way his team has performed nonetheless and they’ll have another opportunity tonight to pickup a victory when they face off against DC United. Orlando City picked up a 3-3 draw its last time out when they faced the New England Revolution at home.

Now the Lions will hit the road and face a United group that is currently 4-9-6 on the season and sits in 11th place in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. The Lions are in eighth place and just two spots back of a playoff spot. If Orlando City SC looks to continue making up ground en route towards a postseason push, tonight’s game is critical in terms of notching points. We now take a look at some of the keys to tonight’s match at Audi Field. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.

6th and final playoff spot within sight

The goal during the off-season by Orlando City’s front office staff was to construct a team that could get back into the playoffs and they’re not too far off at this juncture. Orlando City is in the 8th spot, just two back of the Montreal Impact and seven points behind. A win is crucial in nabbing three points.

Offense came alive last week

Against the Revolution last week, the Lions put together one of their best offensive performances of the season by scoring three goals. Another performance like that is needed but this time on the road.

Defense needs to clamp down vs DC United

Its been a roller coaster all season long on which group will show up. Either the goals are aplenty, but the defense isn’t airtight or flip it the other way around. Nonetheless, something has to give against arguably one of the worst teams in the MLS in DC United.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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