There’s a slight difference in Orlando City’s midfield this year.
Servando Carrasco, who saw limited minutes last year, has become a staple in the lineup since the start of the 2016 Major League Soccer campaign, and he’s looking to stay there after two impressive performances so far.
“You have to come into practice every week, and then just try to prove yourself,” Carrasco said. “I think I’ve been playing well, but I could get more comfortable in that position… I’m happy with the performances, but there’s still a lot of room to grow.”
The five-year MLS veteran played 12 games and started 10 after being traded from Sporting Kansas City for Amobi Okugo in July of last year.
Despite being given the nod to start from Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath, the usual suspects in the Lions’ midfield — Cristian Higuita and Darwin Cerén — have proven last year that they’re worthy of holding down Orlando’s midfield, which is something Carrasco says leaves no room for comfort.
“This is a long process,” he added. “The positive thing to take from those performances, we actually played well, we created a bunch of chances… There are a lot of positive signs, but there’s also a lot of things we can clean up.”
Higuita and Cerén have missed one game each this season and are heavy favorites to start Friday’s game at Yankee Stadium against New York City FC.
However, with two solid performances in 2016 wrapped up, Heath has said after Week 1, the depth at the midfield position could always bring changes this season.
Redding called up
Oviedo native Tommy Redding was called up to the United States U-20 men’s national team, Orlando City announced on Wednesday.
Redding, 19, will feature in the upcoming Dallas Cup from March 20-26.
Tab Ramos’ U-20 squad will have a total of 22 players for the upcoming tournament later next week.
The Orlando City center back has started in the first two games of the season for the Lions and will look to lock a roster spot for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 championship, where the top four teams of the tournament will earn a berth in the U-20 World Cup later that year.