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Orlando City vs. New York City FC, Round 3: How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Open Thread and More

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The Lions face NYCFC for the third and final time during this inaugural MLS season in the team's last regular season match at the Citrus Bowl. Can Orlando stay hot and keep its playoff hopes alive?

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Welcome to your open thread for the third and final match-up of season between Orlando City (11-13-8, 41 points) and New York City FC (10-15-7, 37 points). The Lions are 0-1-1 in the season series after a 1-1 draw in a sold-out Citrus Bowl on opening day and a 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 26, despite Cyle Larin's hat trick. Tonight marks the regular season home finale and should include one of the largest crowds of the year.

Both teams enter in good form. The Lions have won four consecutive matches and NYCFC has won three of its last four -- dropping a 2-1 decision to D.C. United after three straight wins over Toronto, San Jose, and Vancouver.

The first match was a thriller with Mix Diskerud drawing first blood, before a late free kick goal by Kaká sent more than 65,000 purple-clad fans home happy with Orlando City's first MLS point. The second match took place in the Bronx and without the suspended Cristian Higuita. David Villa and Kwadwo Poku were too much, with the former scoring twice and adding an assist and the latter nabbing three assists.

New York City seems to have figured out how to use high-priced Designated Players Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, and has gotten 17 goals out of Villa. With the surprising Thomas McNamara and Patrick Mullins chipping in timely goals this year, and dangerous players like Diskerud and supersub Poku, the blues have a lot of weapons. And goalkeeper Josh Saunders has masked most of the team's defensive issues.

City will have to keep Villa, Lampard and Diskerud quiet and crowd Pirlo in order to pick up all three points and keep its playoff hopes alive. The Lions will have to do that without Kaká and Brek Shea, who are both out with yellow card suspensions, and Rafael Ramos, who has concussion symptoms. NYC has some injury and suspension issues on the back line, which may cause some shuffling, but that's not where they typically beat you anyway.

Here's your mandatory content to prep for tonight:


Official Lineups:

Orlando City (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Tally Hall

Defenders: Luke BodenSeb Hines, Aurelien Collin, Corey Ashe

Defensive Midfielders: Cristian Higuita, Darwin Ceren

Attacking Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Lewis Neal, Adrian Winter

Forwards: Cyle Larin

Bench: Josh Ford, David Mateos, Eric Avila, Servando Carrasco, Pedro Ribeiro, Harrison Heath, Bryan Rochez

New York City FC (3-5-2)

Goalkeeper: Josh Saunders

Defenders: Chris Wingert, Jefferson Mena, Kwame Watson-Siriboe

Midfielders: Andrew Jacobson, Javier Calle, Ned Grabavoy, Frank Lampard, Mix Diskerud

Forward: Thomas McNamara, David Villa

Bench: Ryan Meara, Eirik Johansen, Jeb Brovsky, Kwadwo Poku, Mehdi Ballouchy, Khiry Shelton, Patrick Mullins

Referees

REF: Allen Chapman (70 MLS games, 23.6 fouls called/game, 3.7 YC/game, 17 red cards, 29 penalties)

AR1: Jeff Muschik

AR2: Kevin Klinger

4TH: Daniel Radford

How to Watch:

Match time: 7 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FL

TV: UniMas (nationally)

Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish)

Streaming: MLS Live

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @TheManeLand, as well as Orlando City's official Twitter feed (@OrlandoCitySC).

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