Last week, Orlando City Defender Seb Hines suffered an injury in the game against Toronto FC. After missing the following match against New York City FC, Hines is ready to come back and make an impact in Orlando City’s final push for the playoffs.
“I was obviously disappointing having to come off in the game against Toronto and then missing the game against New York. But then looking forward I want to be a part of these last couple of games making the playoff push,” Hines said after training on Thursday. “Start today and then see how I progress into the games. It’s just getting older and wiser and knowing how my body feels and knowing when to take a step back. And then going forward from there.”
With eight matches left in the season, Orlando City is just one point behind D.C. United for the last playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. Hines believes that his team can make it, and if they do, they will be unstoppable.
“I feel like no one is gonna want to play us. We’ll be the team that’s in form and we’ll be difficult to play against,” Hines said. “We just have to focus on ourselves and do the best we can and obviously that’s winning games.”
Winning the match against New York City FC has boosted the confidence of Orlando City. After suffering a tough loss from Toronto FC, they needed to bounce back. Now, with ten days off the team is looking to build on that skill and confidence moving forward.
“I think everyone can see the confidence in the team now,” Hines said. “That’s what we’re going to need going to the end of the season.”