Tensions rose high in Orlando City’s last match against the Columbus Crew and it resulted in several players ending up with fines, but that wasn’t the worst of it for the Lions. James O’Connor’s group suffered their third loss under their new manager and now are hoping to end the two-game slide against the LA Galaxy tonight.

Easier said than done for Orlando City SC these days, as the club has found it very difficult to generate any kind of offense on a regular basis. With players like rookie Chris Mueller and veterans Sacha Kljestan, Dom Dwyer expected to pickup the load, opposing clubs have honed in on the Lions’ top playmakers.

Tonight’s contest will take place at the StubHub Center and kickoff is slated for 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time, 6:30 Pacific. We take a look at some of the keys to tonight’s matchup in Los Angeles.

Who can step up? 

There’s plenty of candidates for this vacancy, as plenty of players are under the microscope in terms of production as of late. One of those candidates is Peru national Yoshimar Yotun, who has scored three goals and notched four assists on the season. Between his playmaking abilities and experience on the national scene, more is expected out of Yotun.

Los Angeles ‘Blues’

I mean there can’t be anything depressing when you’re taking a trip out to Los Angeles, right? Well for Orlando City, they’re hoping this isn’t a replay from the last time they visited southern California. In O’Connor’s first match as Orlando’s manager, the team fought hard in a 3-2 loss. The goal this time is to come away with a victory.

A win would be huge

Moral victories at this point are empty, but a win against the LA Galaxy, one of the top teams in the Western Conference, would be a boost.

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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