This is your open thread for tonight's match between Orlando City SC and New York City FC, which itself is a preview of the March 8 opening day game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl (minus about 60,000 screaming fans in purple). The two expansion teams meet up in a game that feels like a little more than a typical preseason affair.
The Lions are playing in their fifth preseason match of the 2015 campaign, compared to just the third for NYCFC. While Orlando City has yet to lose in preseason, the Lions have only one win to go with three draws. The boys in purple have a 2-2 draw with BK Hacken, a 0-0 draw with Toronto FC and a 1-1 tie against D.C. United to go with a 4-0 victory over FC Dallas.
New York has 2-0 victory over St. Mirren and a 2-0 loss to Brondby in its first two outings as a franchise.
Here's all the important stuff you'll need to know to enjoy today's match:
Orlando City (4-2-3-1):
Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts
Defense: Brek Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Aurelien Collin, Rafael Ramos
Defensive Midfield: Amobi Okugo, Cristian Higuita
Attacking Midfield: Lewis Neal, Kaká, Kevin Molino
Forward: Bryan Rochez
New York City FC (4-4-2 w/ midfield diamond):
Goalkeeper: Josh Saunders
Defense: Chris Wingert, Jason Hernandez, Andres Mendoza, Josh Williams
Defensive Midfielder: Andrew Jacobson
Left Midfield: Ned Grabavoy
Right Midfield: Mehdi Ballouchy
Attacking Midfield: Sebastian Velasquez
Forwards: Tony Taylor and David Villa
How to Watch:
Match time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, SC
Streaming: Catch it here on the Charleston Battery's YouTube channel.
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