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Orlando City SC split ways with head coach prior to Dynamo match: "Change sometimes ignites a little bit of fire"

Orlando City SC announced on Wednesday evening that had parted ways with head coach Adrian Heath, leaving assistant coach Bobby Murphy and Orlando City B assistant coach Anthony Pulis in charge for Friday's clash against the Dynamo (7 p.m. CT; UniMás).

The Dynamo obviously underwent similar circumstances in April upon the departure of Owen Coyle, and went on the road to get a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps under Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers. The team is well aware that even with uncertainty at the top, it could provide extra motivation for the players on the field.

“Sometimes that is motivation for the players on that team," midfielder Ricardo Clark said. "The group gets inspired. Change sometimes ignites a little bit of fire. We look for them to come out strong. We have to match that."

Dynamo interim head coach Wade Barrett stressed after his first match in charge at Vancouver that in such a time the team to come closer together or to drift apart, but continued his focus on the continued development of his squad.

“I know what it is like from our perspective. I can’t say I know what it is like from theirs," Barrett said. "I don’t know what the circumstances are so you can’t comment on something like that. I know it is a good opportunity for us to go in and continue the momentum we built over the last couple of weeks."