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Lions' Kreis promises roster shakeup after 10th-place East finish

Midfielder Yoshi Yotun appears safe, but Orlando City SC manager Jason Kreis seems intent on cleaning house after the Lions' worst finish in their three MLS seasons.

“Tonight was the last bit of evaluation from our point of view as to what areas we need to address and the players that we think we need to keep and the ones we think we need to go,” Kreis told The Orlando Sentinel on Sunday, after Philadelphia shelled the depleted Lions 6-1 in the season finale for both sides. “So now we enter into the very difficult and trying time of the offseason, where you've got to deliver a lot of difficult messages and then have a lot of work to do to find new players.”

Orlando finished 10th of 11 teams in the Eastern Conference, with their lowest point total (39) since joining MLS.

“At this moment, it feels like we need to move forward,” Kreis said. “We need to be able to put this behind us now, learn lessons and be a little retrospective, introspective about everything that happened.

“I wanted to finish the season at least feeling proud that the guys pulled together and the guys were 100 percent committed, and I don't think we can say that.”

Kreis did single out Yotun, who captained the Lions for the first time on Sunday, for praise, saying he "ran the most" and would be a key component of OCSC's squad in the future.