OSJ Weekend Recap: Orlando City’s inconsistent form continues; Pride goes back-to-back with wins


Photo by Justin Glatt / Orlando Soccer Journal

Greetings and welcome to the first edition of the OSJ Weekend Recap, to catch you up on the results of your Orlando soccer teams.

So without further ado, let’s get to it…

Inconsistent Lions

A week after defeating the LA Galaxy at Exploria Stadium, the first home win since the season opener on Feb. 25, Orlando City’s inconsistent form continued to play a factor this past weekend — this time at CF Montreal where the Lions were dealt a 2-0 loss at Stade Saputo.

Coach Oscar Pareja pinned the result on the team’s lack of reaction and failure to adapt to the game once the Canadian opened the deadlock in the second half.

“We came here to win the game not speculate a result,” Pareja said in Spanish. “We showed that in the first half that we dominated with our performance that created scoring chances and we couldn’t adapt in the second half to a reaction from Montreal. After that first goal, we didn’t have a reaction and that cost us and shortened the game for us, and we lacked a bit of energy.”

Pareja deployed the same starting lineup that managed to get a result against the Galaxy a week prior.

“That lineup played a great game at home last week. we found some important chemistry that was brought over to this game in Montreal, especially in the first half. They showed we’re arriving at this point of finding ourselves and being more blunt which is something we’re lacking.”

City is back on Tuesday at Charlotte FC in the Round of 32 of the U.S. Open Cup.

Pride win again

Messiah Bright’s lone goal in the 21st minute was enough to earn the Orlando Pride a 1-0 victory over Racing Louisville on Saturday at Exploria Stadium.

It was Orlando’s second consecutive win of the season to improve to 2-4-0 with 6 points.

“It is a nice feeling. I thought this game was an opportunity to really show how far we have come from the start of the season,” said Pride coach Seb Hines. “It is nice to get a clean sheet, but I think it could have been a three-or four-nil game and that is where we need to be better. We need to be more ruthless in front of goal and that is something we will discuss after the game with the players, but I am happy for them.”

“I am really pleased with them. It was a nail-biter at the end, and you start thinking about the previous games and how they ended but you know, we saw it out and we will take a lot of confidence on how we finished the game.” 

Up next, the Challenge Cup is back on Wednesday with the Pride traveling to take on the Washington Spirit.

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