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Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union, Round 2: How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups and More

It's the regular season finale of Orlando City's inaugural Major League Soccer season. Can the Lions muster enough magic to sneak through the secret back door into the playoffs? Can they at least finish .500 on the season? We'll find out soon.

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Welcome to your open thread for the regular season finale and second meeting of the year between Orlando City (12-13-8, 44 points) and the Philadelphia Union (9-17-7, 34 points). The Lions are 0-0-1 in the season series after a 0-0 draw in the Citrus Bowl on August 8. It was Orlando's only scoreless draw of the 2015 campaign.

The Lions enter on a five-game winning streak. Despite not getting any help from other MLS teams, they've done everything in their power to stay in the playoff race. If it's going to happen, Orlando City needs to win and have New York City FC defeat New England -- and also they need an eight-goal swing in goal differential. Essentially, 4-0 wins by both Orlando and NYCFC would do it.

Philadelphia has lost two straight, after an unbeaten run in three of four. The Union have been outscored 7-2 over the last two matches by New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC. But Philly will want to send its fans home happy in their season finale. Cristian Maidana is the man to watch, with a league-leading 15 assists (tied with Giovinco). He's become a phenomenal setup man this season.

There's not much use in rehashing the first meeting. Orlando hadn't yet gotten into form, Conor Donovan suffered a season-ending knee injury early, and nobody scored, so the game was about as meh as you can get. Philadelphia actually fashioned the best chances of the game late, but Tally Hall stood tall to deny the Union a breakthrough. Hall is unavailable tonight (and for the playoffs, should City pull off a miracle) after suffering a torn meniscus last Friday with six minutes left in the game. He underwent successful surgery for it on Thursday.

The Lions do get Kaká and Brek Shea back from yellow card suspensions, and right back Rafael Ramos (concussion symptoms) is available.

Here's your mandatory content to prep for tonight:

Official Lineups:

Orlando City (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Josh Ford

Defenders: Luke BodenSeb HinesAurelien Collin, Brek Shea

Defensive Midfielders: Cristian HiguitaDarwin Ceren

Attacking Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Kaká, Adrian Winter

Forwards: Cyle Larin

Bench: Trey Mitchell, David Mateos, Rafael Ramos, Lewis NealServando Carrasco, Eric Avila, Pedro Ribeiro

Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Andre Blake

Defenders: Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ethan White, Raymon Gaddis

Defensive Midfielders: Vincent Noguiera, Michael Lahoud

Attacking Midfielders: Eric Ayuk Mbu,  Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastian Le Toux

Forward: C.J. Sapong

Bench: John McCarthy, Warren Creavalle, Brian Carroll, Cristian Maidana, Conor Casey, Andrew Wenger, Fernando Aristeguieta


REF: Chris Penso (18 MLS games this season, 25.78 fouls called/game, 3.94 YC/game, 0.33 RC/game)

AR1: Sean Hurd

AR2: Jeff Muschik

4TH: Robert Sibiga

How to Watch:

Match time: 5 p.m. (ET)

Venue: PPL Park -- Chester, PA

TV: MY65 (locally), FOX Sports Florida (regionally)

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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