On Sunday, Orlando City suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at home. While Orlando City was obviously disappointed in the results, the players and coaching staff are focused on finishing the season on a high note.
“We have to recognize the importance of it,” Head Coach Jason Kreis said on finishing the season strong. “Because we want to finish well. In particular, this group has worked extremely hard and it would be a real shame to not give ourselves the respect, and our fans the respect, to do everything we can to get points and wins in these last two matches.”
Orlando City has two remaining matches-- one on the road against the Philadelphia Union and a final match at home against D.C. United. These matches will give Kreis and his team the opportunity to get a final look at their players as they begin to make crucial offseason decisions.
The final home match of the season will also give Kreis and his team the opportunity to give fans a proper send-off into the offseason. Kreis admitted that he feels the team has dropped too many games at home this season, and the players recognize the importance of earning these final points not only for the team, but for the fans.
“I think we just need to finish strong,” Defender Kevin Alston said after the match. “At this point, it can still send a good message going into next year. Still, it’s all about the progression. I don’t think we just write off the final two games, we still want good results.”