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Orlando City focuses on stronger early starts ahead of final three matches

SANFORD, Fla. — For Orlando City, Saturday’s draw with New England has changed the tone of the final three games of the regular season.

The biggest difference now is the Lions’ chances of earning a playoff bid rest as much on other teams’ performances as on their own.

As a result, Orlando City coach James O’Connor is emphasizing the importance of focusing on this week’s match and ignoring the playoff scenarios.

“We aren’t in a position now to completely control our own destiny,” O’Connor said. “What we need to do now is get a strong performance in Houston and then see what happens after that.