Orlando City SC are back on the field tonight when they face New York City FC and the Lions are aiming to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Columbus Crew and they’ll have a chance in front of the home fans. NY City FC won four of their last five matches and most recently defeated the Crew 2-0 back on July 14th.

Now James O’Connor and crew will look to get back in the winning column and they need to pick up a victory to keep themselves in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. O’Connor’s first game in front of the Orlando faithful was a victory against Toronto FC and he’ll look to go 2-0 as the Lions’ manager at home.

Tonight’s contest will take place at Orlando City Stadium at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. We take a closer looks at three of the keys to tonight’s matchup between Orlando and New York City.

Home Sweet Home

Orlando City hasn’t been a very good team outside of the 407, as the Lions hold an abysmal road record of 2-8 this season. But the Lions have fared much better at home in contrast, as they hold a record of 5-4-1 in the friendly confines of Orlando City Stadium. A win tonight would help in terms of getting back on track during O’Connor’s early part of his tenure but also put the club in position to make a push in the East.

More Kljestan, More Dwyer = Wins

The going theme here lately for Orlando City has been more production from midfielder Sacha Kljestan and forward Dom Dwyer has equaled better results on the field for the Lions. If Orlando looks to win, both must be on their ‘A’ games tonight.

Playoffs or bust

The pressure will start to mount as the final several weeks are in the rearview mirror for Orlando City. A win versus City FC will ensure Orlando is still in the thick of things.

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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