Kreis earns first win as Orlando boss

New Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis says he is “really, really happy”, after watching his side claim their first victory under his tutelage.

In just his second competitive outing as Lions boss, Kreis claimed a 3-1 win over New England Revolution, ensuring he has four points from his opening two matches.

Goals from Cyle Larin and a brace from Kevin Molino ensured the three points remained in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl, following an excellent second half comeback.

Now sitting 7th in the Eastern Conference standings, they have reignited their hopes of making the playoffs since Kreis’ arrival. Despite coming out a different team in the second half, Kreis diverted praise his way to the players, whom he believes made the difference after the break.

“I am really, really happy,” he said. “But I don’t think it was about me, to be honest. It was about the players continuing to work on what we’re asking for. In the first half we just weren’t getting the right number of players into the attack, and so at halftime we just had to show them a slight tactical adjustment and that made better chances for us.

“Clearly when the players adjust to that in the final third, it makes a difference and we score the goals.”

The former Real Salt Lake and New York City FC boss has settled well into life in Orlando and has enjoyed the early stages of his spell, but admits there is plenty of room for improvement between now and the end of the season.

“I made a point to myself to really enjoy tonight regardless of the result,” he said. “Even when we were down, I was still enjoying myself because I was seeing some good things that we talked about in our training sessions.

“It wasn’t as clean as I would have liked, and there were a couple of situations where clearly we weren’t doing the right thing and that led to their goal. But it’s always rewarding as a coach to be spending a lot of energy on things and see them take shape in the game.”

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