Orlando City SC will welcome the New England Revolution to town Saturday night in a showdown of Eastern Conference teams looking to turn around their current woes.
Both teams are on extended winless streaks and could use some good performances to turn things around.
Orlando City (8-9-6, 30 points) lost to last-place D.C. United 2-1 on Sunday, extending their winless streak to four games. They have now lost two games in a row. Junior Urso gave them the lead in the 9th minute, but D.C. United both tied the game and scored in second-half stoppage time.
The Lions, who are 5-6-0 at home, are aware of the need to turn things around after a disappointing run of results and form.
“It’s another important week and another important match because it’s close in the standings,” Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja said. “Of course we have to realize the importance of the moment to get the points… We still go in with the motivation to get the three points and be urgent.”
Orlando City has added several players to its roster for the playoffs ahead of the MLS transfer deadline. In July, they added forward Nicolas Joachim, a member of the 2021 Gold Cup-winning US Men’s National Team in late July. Then this week they added midfielder Wilder Cartagena, who has spent time with Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Galese on the Peruvian national team.
New England (6-7-9, 27 points) is on a six-game winless streak since being held to a 0-0 draw by Toronto FC last Saturday. The Revolution have failed to score in back-to-back games, the six-game hitting streak is the longest under head coach Bruce Arena.
Goalkeeper Djorje Petrovic saved a late tie against Toronto with a penalty kick in the final minutes of the game.
“I’m glad he’s playing well,” defender Brandon Bye said. “Obviously PK’s save was incredible.”
New England was also active at the transfer deadline, signing defender Christian Makun from Charlotte FC, attacking midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Schrady from Los Angeles and goalkeeper Clement Diop from Inter Miami.
Makun’s signing aims to help a New England defense that has given up the sixth-most goals in the Eastern Conference (34) despite Petrovic’s two straight shutouts.
The Revolution (2-5-4 away) also traded midfielder Sebastian Lletget to FC Dallas after the latter acquired him in a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy this past off-season.
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The Revs and Orlando City meet amid a winless streak
SourceThe Revs and Orlando City meet amid a winless streak