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Orlando City vs. Houston Dynamo: How to Watch, Open Thread, and More

Orlando #FilledTheBowl, now it's time for the Lions to get their first victory! They've traveled to Texas to take on the Houston Dynamo in their second match of the MLS season.

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This is your open thread for Orlando City SC's Friday night showdown with the Houston Dynamo! Houston comes in 1-0-0 on the season, while the Lions are looking to get their first MLS win.

Orlando is coming off a 1-1 draw in Sunday's opening match against New York City FC, which saw the Lions control the game but fail to get on the board until the 91st minute. They were the more dangerous team throughout, but after Mix Diskerud's goal put New York on top, the Lions needed a fortuitous deflection on a Kaká free kick in extra time to escape with a point.

Conversely, Houston struggled at times in their opening match against Columbus Crew SC but managed to earn a 1-0 victory. English forward Giles Barnes scored the winner, but it was the stellar play of keeper Tyler Deric between the pipes that kept the Dynamo in the game.

Houston will be the strong favorites at home in this contest, particularly considering the Dynamo feature a veteran-heavy lineup with loads of MLS experience. However, they're adjusting to a new coach in Owen Coyle, and they were none too impressive in their opener against Columbus.

Here's your required reading to get ready for tonight's match:

Official Lineups:

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

Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts

Defense: Brek Shea, Seb Hines, Sean St. Ledger, Rafael Ramos

Defensive Midfielders: Amobi Okugo, Darwin Cerén

Attacking Midfielders: Lewis Neal, Kaká, Kevin Molino

Forward: Carlos Rivas

Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Luke Boden, Conor Donovan, Eric Avila, Tony Cascio, Pedro Ribeiro, Cyle Larin

Houston Dynamo (4-4-2):

Goalkeeper: Tyler Deric

Defense: Kofi Sarkodie, David Horst, Jermaine Taylor, DaMarcus Beasley

Midfielders: Brad Davis, Luis Garrido, Ricardo Clark, Leonel Miranda

Forwards: Boniek Garcia, Giles Barnes

Bench: Joe Willis, Will Bruin, AJ Cochran, Rob Lovejoy, Nathan Sturgis, Alexander Lopez, Corey Ashe

How to Watch:

Match time: 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

TV: UniMas

Radio: 104.1 Real Radio

Streaming: MLS Live

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

*UniMas Viewing Reminder* For our non-bilingual readers, you CAN switch the commentary to English!

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