After one of the best stretches Orlando City has seen in quite some time, the Lions look like a shell of themselves from what looked to be a promising 2018 campaign. Now down to 6-7-1 on the season, sixth-place in the Eastern Conference standings and five consecutive losses, it begs the question: Where does Orlando City go from here?
The quick antidote to all of this is winning of course, but that’s become something very difficult for Orlando City to accomplish lately, with the string of losses obviously hurting the team’s confidence in the process. Orlando City does play the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night, whom are currently are 4-11 on the season and could be a bounce back match the Lions have sorely needed.
But the other side of the spectrum must be looked at is what if Orlando City drops its sixth consecutive game? Changes might be coming wholesale for the Lions’ organization that went into this summer with high expectations after landing some of Major League Soccer’s more marquee players through free agency and trades.
In the Lions latest loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps, forward Dom Dwyer came off the bench and played just 26 minutes in the match and ended up scoring a goal. Dwyer’s role has changed in an all out effort to mix and match the lineups in hopes of finding one that works together more consistently. Midfielder Sacha Kljestan has been playing better as of late, but still hasn’t blossomed into the kind of threat Orlando City has needed from a game-to-game basis.
Even on the back end in goal has become a bit of a roller coaster, as Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik has only produced one clean sheet through 14 matches. The good thing for the Lions is there’s still 20 games to go in the season and anything can happen, but the trending downward spiral hasn’t created good signs moving forward. Where does Orlando City go from here? Hopefully the Lions begin with more victories in the win column next week.