Can Orlando City make it two wins in a row? That’s the question the Lions face as they head into this weekend’s home game against the Portland Timbers, which will take place on Sunday at Orlando City Stadium. The Lions are looking to build off the club’s thrilling 4-3 victory over the New York Red Bulls last week, with Orlando City notching its first win of the 2018 campaign.

The Lions (1-2-1) started off the 2018 season with a 1-1 tie against D.C. United before following up with two straight losses. Orlando City now seems back on track after defeating New York and the offensive end is where the Lions saw improvement, including a boost from the return of Dom Dwyer to the lineup.

It was Dwyer’s two goals that helped lift the Lions to the 4-3 much needed win, with Scott Sutter scoring the go-ahead game winner. Despite Orlando City yielding three goals defensively, the Lions were able to overcome the scoring barrage and now enter Week 6 of the MLS season with a chance to climb the standings.

The Timbers are currently 0-2-2 on the season and have scored four goals through four matches and though they opened up the campaign with two losses like the Lions, Portland’s last two games have ended in ties. For Orlando City, it will be a quick turnaround after playing Portland and going into its next game as they’ll face the Philadelphia Union on the road on Friday night.

Defeating the Red Bulls in thrilling fashion was a needed breath of fresh air for the Lions, whom were staring at a winless start through five games in the regular season. Now Orlando City, begins the return of Dwyer, seem reenergized and ready to now compete with the likes of any team in the Eastern Conference.

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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