“Cometh the hour, cometh the man.” A strong statement on Friday from Head Coach Adrian Heath after being asked about players stepping up during the home opener. And as that hour nears, the tension and excitement can now be felt in the air. It’s like a feeling of electricity in the locker room, the calm before the hunt.
“Like every supporter out there, we are all excited about the opening day of the season,” noted Coach Heath. “Obviously loads of optimism. We’re just ready to get going… Obviously we’re all excited about the fact that it looks like we’re going to fill the bowl again. It’ll be a pleasure running out here on Sunday"
Although Orlando City put on an impressive preseason showing, finishing with a 4 and 1 record, Coach Heath knows a preseason game is far from the feeling and magnitude of a regular season match. “The one thing about preseason games, you can never really replicate what’s going to happen.”
Today, Orlando City was able to practice in the Citrus Bowl, getting a feel for the pitch they’ll be playing on for the season. Only one more practice remains before the season and home opener this Sunday, March 6th, against Real Salt Lake.
“We’ve been ready,” Coach Heath says without hesitation.