February 27, 2017
A KICK IN THE GRASS
Orlando City coach Kreis, Larin impressed with new stadium
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando City SC's Cyle Larin was impressed by the grass field as the Lions took a 3-1 win over St. Louis FC in a preseason match Sunday, the first game at Orlando City Stadium.
After two years at Camping World Stadium (also known as the Citrus Bowl), the team will inaugurate Orlando City Stadium against New York City FC before a sellout 25,500 crowd Sunday.
“The grass," Larin said. "It is so important. And it was very important to get used to it tonight, getting the feel for the width of the field, the length, and knowing where you are. I think we showed today that we fit in well on this field.
“Yes, it’s a very nice stadium. I have played in a lot of stadiums in this league now but I think this is now the best in the league. But, for me, it’s the grass – it is just so nice to play on.”
Fullback Tony Rocha and center back Jonathan Spector played only the first half, due to injuries.
“We’re really, really pleased with how it’s come out,” Orlando City coach Jason Kreis said. “There is still some work to be done in the next week, but it looks great and it’s very nice to have a place to call home.”
The stadium’s all-standing supporters' section behind the north goal, known as The Wall, was illuminated by a high-tech LED system.
“It’s definitely The Wall,” Kreis said. “I was walking over there before the game and thinking about having to take a penalty kick as an opposing player in front of that stand. I think it will be a very difficult task.”