On Saturday night, Orlando City returned to Camping World Stadium to face the Montreal Impact. With two goals scored by Cyle Larin, Orlando City beat Montreal 2-1 and broke a six game winless streak. Now, Orlando looks to continue their success.
“They kept going all night,” Head Coach Adrian Heath said about his players after the match. “The goal was to keep going until the final whistle. Don’t give in and they didn’t. They got their rewards.”
Orlando City found the rhythm that they’ve lacked the last couple of weeks. Their was a focus on the offense, with four forwards out on the field for Orlando by the end of the game. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik kept his team ahead, coming up with some incredible saves. That fighting spirit is what Coach Heath wants his team to maintain.
“This is the level that we set now,” Bendik said after the match. “We have to play with that same intensity.”
“When we play together, press together, and work hard together, I don’t think anyone could handle us,” forward Cyle Larin said after the match. Larin scored both of the team goals off assists from team captain Kaká. “I think we get chances after that and we score goals.”
Coach Heath also gave a nod to the supporters section, who lifted up the energy in the stadium. “Delighted with all the supporters who thought we were all incredibly tonight,” Coach Heath said. “The energy in the stadium drove the players on.”
“They are there from zero to the 90th minute and for me it helps me a lot,” Larin said. “I know I get tired but I keep going for my team and I keep going just for the fans.”
Orlando City has a quick turnaround, hosting the Philadelphia Union this Wednesday, May 25th. “Let’s hope it’s the turning point in the season,” Coach Heath said. “We got a win tonight and I think the confidence will set up nicely for Wednesday… I have got great faith with this group of players. We will keep going and not give in.”