Orlando City eyes momentum vs. struggling Crew
Orlando City SC looks to move into the top half of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer when it hosts the Columbus Crew Saturday night at Exploria Stadium.
The Lions, playing their fourth match in 11 days, will have a new player in the fold who might help with the game plan against the struggling Crew. Orlando City (6-9-4, 22 points) acquired midfielder Robinho in exchange for $50,000 in targeted allocation money to the Crew, a move made official on Thursday.
Robinho had 19 appearances and 13 starts without a goal in his four months with the Crew, and enters a roster in which he'll have to compete for playing time instead of starting often with Columbus.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Robinho to Orlando City. He is a player that is extremely energetic on the pitch and has the ability to create opportunities for players around him," Orlando City SC Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi said. "As we make our push for the playoffs this summer we feel as though Robinho is a great addition to our roster."
The Crew (5-13-2, 17 points) made moves of its own this month to try to get into contention in the East, adding forward Jordan Hamilton in a trade with Toronto FC and signing Jamaican international Romario Williams to bolster their striker depth. The Crew also added goalkeeper Eloy Room, who turned heads as goalkeeper for Curacao in the recently-completed CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"The focus is just solely taking it a game at a time," Williams told the Crew website. "I'm just looking forward to contributing to the team's success as we grind out the rest of the season."
Columbus welcomes back its top target man in forward Gyasi Zardes, who featured for the U.S. national team in the Gold Cup. The Crew has gone eight straight games without a win.
Orlando City is winless in three of its last four games despite advancing to the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup with a win on penalty kicks on Wednesday night.
--Field Level Media
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