Orlando City SC is already making waves this season with their fast 4-1-0 start. The club is five games into their third year as a member of Major League Soccer. They currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind the Columbus Crew SC.

Players on all sides of the ball have already made an impact in the early going. Forward Cyle Larin has four goals. Although it is definitely too soon to know, could this be the team to break through for a postseason birth?

A Brief History of Orlando City

The Lions officially joined the league as an expansion team in 2015 alongside New York City FC. They began their inaugural campaign with a 1-2-2 start over the first five games. Head coach Adrian Heath and company led the club to a 14-14-8 record with a large boost from Larin’s 17 goals.

Looking to improve upon that result, Orlando City had two draws, two wins, and one loss during their first five games. Jason Kreis jumped aboard as head coach in July and they finished the 2016 season with a 9-11-14 record.

With an entire offseason to make the team his own, Kreis guided the Lions to their best start in club history. The only thing Orlando City Stadium knows, thus far, is how to win. And, there are yet more milestones to be met.

Clubhouse Leaderboard

Cyle Larin is off to another great start this year. His four scores are double the total from his teammates. Larin had 17 goals in 2015 and 14 last season. He and midfielder Carlos Rivas have become a “dynamic duo” over these first seven weeks. Rivas has assisted on two of Larin’s goals.

On the defensive end, goalkeeper Joe Bendik has faced 23 shots and made 16 saves for a 69.6 save percentage. Bendik also has two shutouts and allowed four goals.

As a whole, Orlando City has 57 shots, 22 shots-on-goal, and six goals heading into this Sunday.

Finding Early Success

The Lions kicked things off on March 5 by christening their new home with a 1-0 win over NYCFC. Larin scored the only goal of the game on a cross from forward Giles Barnes in the 15th minute.

Orlando City then followed that up on March 18 with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. The hero of the day was none other than Larin with two goals. Rivas recorded an assist on both.

On April 1, the Lions traveled to Columbus, Ohio and suffered their first and only loss of the young season. The Crew’s Justin Meram bested the visiting squad twice for a 2-0 result.

Orlando City got right back on track with their third victory of the season, 1-0 over the NY Red Bulls. Center back Jonathan Spector got them on the board in the 12th minute. After that, the defense held New York’s dangerous offense scoreless.

Then, this past Saturday, Larin scored a late-match goal to secure a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy. Forward/midfielder Will Johnson got in on the action first, though, with his goal in the ninth minute of play.


They still have a long way to go, but the Lions are off to a great start in 2017.

Claudia Ceva is a Staff Writer for TheSportsBlaze.com.

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Claudia Ceva
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Claudia Ceva is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Claudia is a beat writer for the Syracuse women's soccer team over at SB Nation's "Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician." When she's not writing, you can find her rooting for the Orange, New York Giants, Yankees, New York Rangers, and Knicks in-person or at home. She also dabbles in the musical arts in her spare time, when there are no games to watch.

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