Despite some negative results recently, the men of Orlando City SC choose to see the positives, focusing on the things they can change instead of the past.
Head coach James O’Connor shared that there are elements of the team that he’s “been really pleased with.”
Those elements include the return of City captain Jonathan Spector, the season debut of Pierre Da Silva and the acquisition of Peruvian international Carlos Ascues among many others.
And while results have not gone the way of the Lions as of recent, the squad’s enthusiasm is still high.
“[We’re] trying to remain positive and keep guys confident because it's easy to lose confidence when things aren't going your way,” Spector said. “We've got good players here still, regardless of the results we've had. We've had some good performances at times. So we need to try to get back to that as best as we can."
A key component of City’s morale has always been directly correlated with the Club’s fans.
“We’ve consistently had tremendous support throughout my time here and even before then,” O’Connor said. “It definitely motivates you and makes you want to work even harder to bring some success to the supporters because you see how much they give and that’s something I’m absolutely determined to do, is to make sure we get the level of success that they deserve.”
It’s a level of support that the players continued to be impressed with when they step on the pitch and a level of noise and excitement that can be felt and heard from deep within the team’s locker room, even before the match starts.
“We're grateful that we have the fantastic support that we do from the fans here,” Spector said. “They've been behind us from the start of the season up until now and that's bearing in mind results haven't gone our way.”
With the reinforcements from fans in the Wall and the excitement of the players still strong, the team is determined going into Saturday’s match against the Philadelphia Union — determined to win and determined to bring results to a deserving group of fans.
“We're incredibly grateful for the continued support that they've showed us and we want to pay that back,” Spector said.