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Orlando City face midweek crisis at Seattle

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It’s still early in the MLS season, but Orlando City already might be at a crossroads.

The Lions are winless in their past three matches and haven’t scored in their past 252 minutes.

After a 1-0 loss Sunday at rival Atlanta United, Orlando City (3-5-3, 12 points) face a Wednesday game against the host Seattle Sounders (6-1-4, 22 points).

“That’s a pretty good performance (against Atlanta) and we can build on that and keep progressing forward or we can do what we’ve done the first four years of the club and feel sorry for ourselves and fold and turn these back-to-back losses into a lost season,” Orlando midfielder Will Johnson said. “We’re trying to say positive, stay upbeat, because there’s another game Wednesday.”

Nani, who leads Orlando City in goals (five) and assists (four), missed the Atlanta United match with a calf injury and is questionable against the Sounders.

“We want to create chances, we want to be an attacking team, and we want to score goals, and we are really, really close,” Lions coach James O’Connor said about the loss in Atlanta. “We could not have asked any more of the players. When you look at the volume of chances that we have created, to get that level of chance creation and not capitalize is very, very frustrating for all of us.

“We have great confidence in our group and the depth we have to go and get a result in Seattle. Similar to Atlanta, the atmosphere should be exciting and these are the types of matches our guys are excited to be in.”

The Sounders snapped a streak of three straight draws with a 1-0 home victory against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, as Cristian Roldan scored on a 25-yard shot — the second straight game in which he has tallied from outside the penalty area.

“I said to the squad before the game (Saturday) that we’ve been working our butts off for one point at a time,” Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei told The Seattle Times. “It’s time to get a little bit more greedy and put in the same effort to get three points, especially at home.”

The Sounders are 3-0-1 all-time against Orlando City, including a 1-0-1 mark at home.

–Field Level Media

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