There’s no doubt that this 2018 season for Orlando City SC went from questionable, promising to just downright embarrassing as the Lions are currently in the midst of an eight-game losing streak.

The Lions sit in 9th place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, but hopes now lie with new manager James O’Connor that he can light the fireworks within the Orlando City attack.

We are just a day removed from Independence Day in the United States, and the Lions are currently 6-10-1 on the season and needed some type of energy shot to get them back to their winning ways.

O’Connor, who knows well as a former player of Orlando City, what the expectations are heading into his new gig as the team manager: Win and win now.

Excitement is all throughout the air for the Lions with the hiring of O’Connor, with players hoping to impress their new bench boss and hopefully earn an opportunity to see more time on the field compared to the previous stint with Jason Kreis. To get themselves out of the losing streak they’re in, one thing Orlando City must do is score goals, and that’s been the club’s biggest issue.

Scoring seemed like it would be the last of Orlando City’s worries, with players like Dom Dwyer, Sacha Kljestan and rookie Chris Mueller on the roster. With such a talented roster put together, the likelihood that scoring has become the team’s ‘Achilles heel’ is surprising to most around Major League Soccer.

Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles will begin the start of O’Connor’s first game at the helm of the Orlando City ship and hopes are his experience on the field in the white and purple can transfer onto the field and equate into victories for the Lions. If not, it could be a long rest of the season for Orlando.

Fireworks (in terms of goals) are needed on the field; winning could come along with that.

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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