Orlando City not paying attention to current position in standings despite early season success



Undefeated at home and first place in the Eastern Conference table.

Orlando City may be playing its best soccer in recent time, but its players aren’t paying attention to the hype they’ve naturally built in the last run of games this season.

“We take one game at a time here, and I don’t think anybody can get too over the top where we’re at,” said goalkeeper Joe Bendik after Tuesday’s training session at Sylvan Lake Park. “We’ve done very well at home, but we have two difficult road games, and the first one is Toronto… it’s just one game at a time, really.”

When asked whether the club’s current position in the standings sends a message across the league, Bendik said: “Yeah, but we have to prove it again this week.”

The Lions travel north of the border when they take on Toronto FC on Wednesday at BMO Field at 7:30 p.m. Their road swing continues with a weekend trip to BBVA Compass Stadium for a game against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

After a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids this past weekend, the latest power rankings at ESPN have the Lions taking the No. 1 spot after an impressive five-game win streak at Orlando City Stadium.

But head coach Jason Kreis was quick to dismiss the latest rankings.

“I don’t look at the power rankings,” said Kreis. “To me, it means absolutely nothing.”

That similar mindset is echoed across the locker room. Left-back defender Donny Toia said it’s great being on top, but it’s still early in the season.

“You want to stay up top, you want to stay up there, and do everything you can to make sure that you’re in the run for the playoffs,” said Toia. “We’re in a good position right now, we’re doing well, and we’re playing well… we’re working hard as a team and if we can keep that up as a team, it’s going to be pretty hard to beat us.”

(Photo by New Day Review / Victor Tan )


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