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Orlando City vs. Flamengo International Friendly: How to Watch, TV Information, Live Stream, Open Thread and More

It's almost time for a little bonus 2015 soccer with the Lions taking on one of Brazil's oldest clubs on foreign soil this afternoon. Here's all the information you need on today's match.

Chirag Merchant, The Mane Land

Welcome to your open thread for today's friendly between Orlando City and Brazilian Série A side Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary at the historic Maracaña. This match is part of that anniversary celebration, and what better way to enjoy a huge anniversary than to get handed your lunch by an MLS team in purple, right?

Flamengo is one of five Brazilian clubs to never be relegated from that country's top flight. So they've got that going for them, which is nice. They've won six Série A titles and three Copa do Brasil championships. The team is led by manager Oswaldo de Oliveira.

City will be without striker Cyle Larin, left back/left wing Brek Shea and attacking midfielder Kaká, who are all with their national teams for World Cup qualifying. Goalkeepers Tally Hall and Earl Edwards Jr. are recovering from knee injuries. Hall will not be available. Cape Verde native Thierry Graça is on trial with the club from Benfica B and could play in the friendly.

Flamengo is still in season, standing 11th in the table at the moment. Orlando City will have to patch together a makeshift lineup without (arguably) its four biggest stars. Still, it's free soccer, so let's enjoy the lads in purple one more time before the calendar changes to 2016. With the nature of sports being what it is, this might be the last time we see some of these guys in Orlando City uniforms, after all.

Here's your mandatory content to prep for today's game:

Orlando City Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Thierry Graça (Trialist)

Defenders: Luke Boden, Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos

Defensive Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Lewis Neal, Adrian Winter

Forward: Bryan Rochez

Bench: Mason Stajduhar, David Mateos, Harrison Heath, Eric Avila, Servando Carrasco, Pedro Ribeiro

How To Watch:

Match time: 12:30 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Maracaña Stadium -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

TV: None (sorry)

Radio: None (again, sorry)

Streaming: OrlandoCitySC.com has you covered or stream it below.

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

Match Thread Rules:

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