The Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is set to take on the second-place Columbus Crew Soccer Club this Saturday, looking to improve on their 6-9-6 start to the season that has them placed eighth in the Eastern Conference.
The Lions are coming off of a 5-3 loss to the New York Football Club, and have not won a game since their June 24 matchup against the Colorado Rapids. They have gone 0-1-3 since then.
The team has scored 24 points in 21 games in their first season as a MLS team, 14 behind the first-place D.C. United. On the season, they have split three meetings with Columbus 1-1-1 and would like to get ahead.
“We’ve had three great games against them (Columbus). They’ve all been hugely entertaining,” said head coach Adrian Heath, courtesy of a team press release. “There’s been sending offs in both games. There’s been lots of action and lots of goals, so I don’t’ anticipate anything different. We both like to play an open brand of football and get after it, so I don’t see anything different this weekend. Just the importance of it has ramped up a little bit – certainly for us after the results in the past few weeks.”
MLS isn’t the only thing going on this weekdend, though, as there are also matchup for the three Florida teams in the North American Soccer League.
ROWDIES FACE FOURTH-PLACE RAILHAWKS:
In their fifth game of the season, the Tampa Bay Rowdies will face the Carolina Railhawks in what will be the first of two matchup against them this season.
In two games against Carolina last season, the Rowdies went 1-0-1, with each team scoring four goals in the two games combined. The Rowdies won 4-3 in their first matchup, and the Railhawks took the second in shutout fashion in a 1-0 loss.
In their first four games of the 2015 fall schedule, the Rowdies have gone 1-0-3 while scoring just three goals. Their opponents, on the other hand, have scored eight goals.
In order for the team to end their three-game losing streak, they are definitely going to have to find a way to get and stay ahead on Saturday.
STRIKERS TAKE ON NASL WORST COSMOS:
Coming off a 3-1 win over the Rowdies this past Saturday, the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers will face off against the New York Cosmos this Sunday.
The sixth-place Strikers take a 1-3-1 record into their game against the last-place Cosmos, in what will be their first of two matchups against the team this season. A year ago, the Strikers went 0-1-2 against New York while being shutout twice and outscored by five goals (1-6).
This year, Ft. Lauderdale has scored six goals in five games and will look to extend their winning streak to a modest two games. In 2014, the team had two separate stretches where they won three games in a row, and fans hope this is the start of their first in 2015.
ARMADA LOOK TO STAY ON WINNING SIDE:
In the only game on the schedule Friday, the Jacksonville Armada will take on the third-place Minnesota United Football Club. Coming off of their first win of the season over the Cosmos after a four-game losing streak to start their year first year in the NASL, Jacksonville would undoubtedly hope to close the game and improve on their current spot in 10th place.
After being shutout in three consecutive games, the Armada is coming off of a shutout victory of their own over New York. They have been outscored by their opponents 3-11 on the year.
The Minnesota United bring in a 2-1-1 record, and they have scored just as many goals as they have given up on the year in their first five games (eight).