Riding a three-game losing streak, Charlie Naimo's Los Angeles Blues were not going to get it easy this weekend when USL PRO stalwarts Orlando City came to town for a couple of matches at Titan Stadium on the campus of California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif.
The Blues were not helping themselves by giving up goals left and right on the road, and with a team of Orlando's caliber paying a visit, it wasn't going to stop any time soon.
“I think it’s important that we don’t put extra pressure on ourselves now by going into this mentality of having to win three or four games in a row,” Blues assistant coach Shayon Jalayer told LABluesProSoccer.com's Gunnar Berndt. “Over the next four games or so, the important thing is to find a way to get results again.
"Instead of demanding a certain number of wins, we have to focus on not losing and stopping the bleeding. If we can manage that, it should put us right back in the hunt for the top spots in the league.”
In the end, it was easier said than done. On Friday, a second-minute goal from Kieron Bernard gave Orlando a 1-0 victory over the Blues.
However, it was Sunday's contest that showed the fans why Orlando City are the class of USL PRO. A complete performance from the Lions resulted in a 4-0 whitewash of Los Angeles at Titan Stadium.
Dennis Chin led the way with a brace in the seventh and 17th minutes of play. Other goalscorers for Orlando included Jean Alexandre (70') and Matt Luzunaris (78').
With the results, the Blues are in a very tough predicament as they fall to 5-8-2 and find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the race for the postseason.
Los Angeles have a chance to get right when they travel to the IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for two matches with Antigua Barracuda FC. Kickoff for the July 12 contest is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET while the July 14 match is scheduled to kickoff at the same time.