Orlando City is off to a strong start in its fourth season as an MLS franchise and the club is looking for a milestone performance when it hosts Real Salt Lake on Sunday.
The Lions (5-2-1) are aiming to win a sixth straight match for the first time in team history.
Orlando City’s five-game streak matches one from late in the 2015 campaign. The current streak includes four one-goal victories.
The closeness of the matches displays progress for a team that went winless in its first three matches.
“We didn’t feel overly bad about ourselves in the first three matches, I know there were a lot of people who did, but in our locker room we didn’t,” Lions coach Jason Kreis told reporters. “And now we don’t feel overly good about ourselves and there probably are a few people out there who may think more of us than we do.
“We know who we are. Our feet are on the ground, we’re humble, we’re hungry and we know that we need to improve.”
Real Salt Lake (3-4-1) suffered a 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in its past match and has been blanked in two of the past three games.
Coach Mike Petke noticed some good things during the latest setback but they were overshadowed by the failure to have the ball find the back of the net.
“I was very pleased with our patience, with our quick play, but again we have nothing to show for it at the end of the day,” Petke told reporters. “It’s one of those things where I think we took some pretty good strides forward, but now we have to figure out the other part of it, which is getting behind defenses.”
Forward Joao Plata is Real Salt Lake’s leading goal scorer with three. Midfielder Albert Rusnak (two) is the only other player with more than one for a team that has been outscored 16-9.
Orlando City has four players who have scored multiple goals. Forward Dominic Dwyer leads the way with five, forward Chris Mueller has three while midfielders Sacha Kljestan and Yoshimar Yotun have two apiece.
The teams are meeting for the first time since playing to a 2-2 tie on March 6, 2016. Orlando City holds a 1-0-2 series edge.
—Field Level Media