It was an interesting opening night for Orlando City last week against D.C. United, with the Lions tying up the game in extra time and being able to salvage a point out of the match. This week against Minnesota United, Orlando City will be looking to notch it’s first win of the season and another raucous crowd is expected to be on hand.
Minnesota United is coming off an opening week 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at home and are also searching for its first win of the season. Tonight’s contest is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Orlando City Stadium. We take a closer look at some of the keys to tonight’s matchup.
Be on the attack early, often
Not that Orlando City wasn’t pressing for shots on goal throughout the match last week versus D.C. United, but the Lions will need to create many more opportunities if they look to get on the scoreboard early. Expect guys like Yoshimar Yuton and Justin Merman to get involved early.
Get the crowd into it
I know this isn’t a hard sell for whomever comes to Orlando City Stadium, but the Lions have to get the place rocking throughout and scoring some goals would definitely help the cause. This is a game Orlando City is expected to come out on top.
Don’t get conservative
If Orlando City is able to jump out to a quick start, the conservative mind would tell you to sit back and defend. It’s early in the season and building chemistry is a must. Keep the foot on the gas pedal.
Bendik continues to do his part
Orlando City has one thing it usually doesn’t have to worry about and that’s the play in goal by Joe Bendik. The Lions’ goalkeeper was solid in net last week and always gives Orlando City top notch goal tending.
Slow down Kevin Molino
Reason for Minnesota United’s two goals last week? Kevin Molino. Molino scored both of Minnesota’s goals last week against San Jose and Orlando City will need to keep tabs on the midfielder.