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Orlando City vs. Montreal Impact: How to Watch, Open Thread, and More

Can the Lions bounce back from last week's tough late home loss with so many players missing? Today will be a true test of Orlando City's mettle, depth and resilience.

Nick Leyva, The Mane Land

This is your open thread for Orlando City's afternoon road trip to meet the Montreal Impact. The Lions are 1-1-1, with a 1-0 road record. Montreal is 0-1-1 and today marks the Impact's home opener.

The Impact, which is nearing a date in the CONCACAF Champions League final, has yet to score in MLS play through two games and will be missing two key offensive players in the injured Cameron Porter and Justin Mapp, and three other players to international duty. Montreal, much improved defensively this season, has allowed only one goal through two games, falling 1-0 at D.C. United and drawing 0-0 at New England Revolution.

Meanwhile, Orlando City is down no less than seven players who are away for international games and the Lions are nursing several injuries in their own right. It's hard to even say who will be in the starting lineup today for Orlando or if they'll even have 18 healthy bodies for the lineup card.

Adversity is the watch word for the Lions, who must overcome a gut-wrenching 96th minute loss last Saturday night at home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC - a team that should have been down to nine men, as MLS has suspended Kekuta Manneh (one game) and Diego Rodriguez (two games) for not playing very nice. In the 65th and 62nd minutes, respectively. It's conceivable that Orlando City could have had a two-man advantage for half an hour had the referee noted both egregious infractions.

But that's in the past. It's time to take out the frustrations against a different Canadian team.

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

Official Lineups:

Orlando City (5-2-2-1):

Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts

Defense: Luke Boden, Sean St. LedgerAurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Tyler Turner

Defensive Midfielders: Eric Avila, Amobi Okugo

Attacking Midfielders: Kaká (C), Pedro Ribeiro

Forward: Danny Mwanga

Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Tommy Redding, Harrison Heath, Bryan Róchez

Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Eric Kronberg

Defense: , Victor Cabrera, Bakary Soumare, Wandrille Lefèvre, Donny Toia

Defensive Midfield: Marco Donadel, Nigel Reo-Coker,

Attacking Midfield: Dominic Oduro, Ignacio Piatti, Eric Alexander

Forward: Jack McInerney

Bench: (to come)

How to Watch:

Match time: 4 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

TV: FOX35 locally, FOX Sports Florida throughout Florida, and RDS and TSN in Canada

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

Streaming: MLS Live, FOX Sports GO

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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