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Orlando City v D.C. United: Lesesne determined to get out of tight spot

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jul 2024

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D.C. United head coach Troy Lesesne has praised his side for “still fighting” as they look to turn their poor results around against Orlando City.

D.C. sit bottom of the Eastern Conference on 20 points, four off the playoffs.

They have not won any of their last 10 MLS matches, with their last victory coming nearly two months ago against Atlanta United.

Lesesne was candid about the mistakes his team has made in recent games but was confident they would be able to dig themselves out of trouble.

“Our group’s not giving in, that’s clear everyone can see that,” Lesesne said. “But we’re not getting the points we need.

“We’ve got to credit the group for continuing through really hard circumstances to say we’re still fighting every single second.

“But we have to do better – all of us. That’s plain and simple.

“I’m right there with these guys all the way through and the same guys going through this now are going to get us out of it.”

Meanwhile, Orlando sit four points above their opponents in 10th, having lost just one of their four matches.

After getting back to winning ways against Atlanta, head coach Oscar Pareja praised his side’s confidence.

“They demonstrated the commitment that they have with the club. So, we’re very proud of these results and the effort they had in the pitch,” Pareja said.

“We’re happy. This is a good step for us in this moment. Now we’re looking forward to going back home and then winning there.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Orlando City – Facundo Torres

Despite not getting on the scoresheet against Toronto FC, Facundo Torres did orchestrate the match-winning moment as his cross was turned in by Nicksoen Gomis.

He scored a brace in his last match at Inter & Co Stadium and will be keen to get more on Saturday.

D.C. United – Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke will return after a two-match suspension (one for a straight red card against Houston Dynamo and the other for yellow card accumulation).

D.C. have not won either of those games and will be pleased to have their top-scorer, with 14 goals, back on the field.

MATCH PREDICTION: ORLANDO CITY WIN

Orlando’s 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire in their last home match snapped a six-game winless streak at Inter & Co, having also failed to score in all but two outings in that run.

D.C. have won 10 of their 20 matches against Orlando (drawn three and lost seven), but given their current run of form, they look unlikely to get a surprise win here.

D.C.’s last victory was in a road game when they beat Atlanta 3-2. Since then, they have only picked up one point on their travels (a 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls in their last such match).

OPTA WIN PROBABILITY

Orlando City – 58.2%

Draw – 21.8%

D.C. United – 20.1%

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