Oscar Pareja assured Orlando City can compete with any Liga MX team in Leagues Cup

In order to make a run in a competition like Leagues Cup, depth is at all times key.

Orlando City SC head coach Oscar Pareja is well conscious of that actuality going into his second season on the sidelines for the Lions, who’re considered one of 4 MLS teams to qualify for the return version of the match that may pit a number of the league’s top golf equipment against Liga MX competition. Requested on a video name this week if he feels his team has the horses to make a Leagues Cup run, or in the event that they would wish to make some extra additions to the roster, Pareja said he feels as if his team is ready to prove its mettle.

To listen to the coach inform it, it is not just in regards to the high quality of his present Orlando City group, which emerged as an Jap Conference front-runner in 2020. It is also in regards to the development of the league as a complete.

“We haven’t any hesitation to face any team in Mexico, South America or any a part of the world,” Pareja said. “I do not say that just optimistically. I say that after a year teaching in Mexico and after my experiences for 25 years in my country that’s phenomenal. However having the expertise now to see how Major League Soccer is rising I do not hesitate to say that this going to be one of many best leagues within the world.

“We’re very proud to belong to this course of and even prouder to see our children go and present all people what Major League Soccer is producing. So, the Leagues Cup and international [competitions] are very welcome to us and we’re ready to compete.”

Leagues Cup is returning in 2021 after last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Liga MX side Cruz Azul received the inaugural version of the match in 2019.

Orlando City, in the meantime, are contending with all-around heightened expectations coming off last year’s breakout marketing campaign as an MLS membership. The Lions managed a top-four finish within the Jap Conference last season and made the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs for the primary time in membership history. 

As they appear to take one other step forward in 2021, Pareja said he feels as if the expertise his team accrued throughout an adversity-riddled 2020 offers him confidence that his team can be ready to deal with no matter is thrown at them this year, whether or not it is accidents or the inevitable squad rotation necessitated by a busy schedule.

“It’s true, last year we skilled one thing that was very distinctive and being in the course of the pandemic and taking part in within the bubble, attempting to beat all these challenges — it just taught us that [depth] is essential, having a roster that may cowl any emergency in the course of the year,”  Pareja said. “Generally there are accidents, generally the [congestion] of the calendar, if you see the 34 video games and how they laid it out, it is going to be difficult for some weeks. This year, I hope that now we have guys which are ready, that have already got a year on their shoulders with us, they’ll start having way more minutes.

“And even the fellows we just signed, they’re attempting to adapt to the rhythm, and they know that they’ll be necessary. We want all of them. It is a lengthy season, 34 video games, plus Leagues Cup and hopefully Open Cup too. It should create a necessity to make use of all of them.”

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