We’re coming up on the final stretch run of the season, and once you get to this point, it becomes the survival of the fittest. Orlando City SC is surviving pretty well so far, having won it’s 8th straight USL PRO match last night, defeating the Wilmington Hammerheads 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to 17 straight matches to start the season. However, Adrian Heath’s side may not be the fittest right now, dealing with a couple of injuries that could effect them in the final two months.
- Corey Hertzog was not available for last night’s match against Wilmington because of a groin injury that he suffered in the second leg of the I-4 Derby last Sunday night. Head Coach Adrian Heath told WFTV during the week that Hertzog could be out for a couple of weeks with the strain. In the meantime, Dennis Chin has taken back his role as the team’s starting striker. He was back in the starting lineup last night for the first time since his hamstring injury in May, and even scored the Lions’ first goal of the game in the 33rd minute — his 5th of the year. And with Chin the only other striker on the roster next to Hertzog, Orlando City signed former Chicago Fire striker Guiseppe Gentil on Friday. Gentil made his Orlando debut last night, and got a couple of good touches with the ball in the closing minutes of the game.
- Yordany Alvarez is still out with a concussion that he suffered in a game on June 7. We haven’t heard much on Alvarez since he picked up the injury, but Heath told reporters last night after the game that the club plans to release a statement on how Alvarez is doing sometime in the next few days. He said the same thing a couple weeks ago, too, so we’ll see if we actually get anything this week.
- Anthony Pulis left late in the second half of last night’s game with a thigh sprain, according to Heath. Pulis scored the Lions’ second goal last night, tucking home a penalty kick in the 49th after Kevin Molino was taken down in the box. Heath didn’t really say how serious the injury was, or how much time he’ll have to miss, if any. I would say that it’s possible he won’t play against Sacramento Republic FC on Thursday in California.
- Heath also said something to reporters last night about Brad Rusin picking up an injury recently, something about a rolled ankle, says Mike Gramajo. Gramajo says Heath didn’t really go into detail about it, and that no timetable for a return was given.
As always, we wish all the best and a quick recovery to the players, and hope that the can get back on the field as soon as possible.