Kreis Identity

Kreis: “This Team Has Its Own Identity”

Orlando City is on a two-game winning streak and has won four consecutive home games. It is the first time in franchise history that the team has won four consecutive home games, and the Lions are the first team to open a stadium 4-0-0.

“This team has its own identity,” Kreis said. “This team has its own character. This team has its own leaders. This team has its own qualities.”

Orlando City’s success has been in part to some additional veteran leadership from new additions: forward Giles Barnes, defenders Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter and Will Johnson.

“This is a group that’s incredibly fun to work with,” Kreis said. “I enjoy showing up to work every single day. I’ve got a really good sense of what we’re about every single day in training. I leave work every day feeling that we’ve put in a good shift and that we’ve spent our time well here at the training facility.”

Orlando City has also implemented Kreis’ diamond formation and have found defensive success. The Lions have allowed just one goal the last two matches.

“We’re seeing a lot of signs of what we’re after, what we’re trying to do and who we’re trying to be in the matches,” Kreis said. “And that’s critically the most important thing.”

Orlando City will face rival New York City FC, Kreis’ former team on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Yankee Stadium.

“Once you get the feeling of winning, you always want to win,” said forward Cyle Larin. “I think the team is working very hard and – I think New York is a rival for us, and we want to go out there and get a win.”