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The Lions and fellow expansion club NYCFC are set to kick off their first Major League Soccer season at 5 p.m. at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in front of 62,000 fans.

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Here is your Open Thread for the inaugural Major League Soccer match for both Orlando City SC and fellow expansion club New York City FC. We've all been waiting for this for a long time and it's finally happening!

The Lions haven't played a ‘real' game since the 1-1 tie against New York City in Charleston on Feb. 21. The club played only 26 minutes against the Charleston Battery in a weather-shortened affair and the majority of the last preseason game down at least one man (and eventually two) against the Houston Dynamo. Orlando City finished the preseason 1-1-5.

New York's preseason ended on a high note with a 3-0 win over Charleston in the final game of the Carolina Challenge Cup. NYCFC, which went 2-2-1 in preseason, has the much-celebrated stars like David Villa and Mix Diskerud but, more importantly for an expansion club, it also has an experienced head coach in Jason Kreis, who has reached an MLS Cup Final and has a career record in the league of 102-77-60.

Both teams would love to leave the sold-out Orlando Citrus Bowl tonight with their first MLS victory but only one will do so. Hopefully having 62,000 souls in the building will help spur the Lions to victory.

Here's all the information you need to prepare for today's game:

Starting Lineups:

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

Goalkeeper: Donovan Ricketts

Defense: Brek Shea, Seb Hines, Aurelien Collin, Rafael Ramos

Defensive Midfielders: Amobi Okugo, Cristian Higuita

Attacking Midfielders: Lewis Neal, Kaká, Kevin Molino

Forward: Carlos Rivas

Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Eric Avila, Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Tony Cascio, Darwin Ceren, Bryan Rochez.

New York City FC (4-4-2):

Goalkeeper: Josh Saunders

Defense: Chris Wingert, Jason Hernandez, Jeb Brovsky, Josh Williams

Midfielders: Ned Grabavoy, Mix Diskerud, Andrew Jacobson, Mehdi Ballouchy

Forwards: David Villa,Adam Nemec

Bench: Akira Fitzgerald, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Javier Calle, Kwadwo Poku, Sebastian Velasquez, Patrick Mullins, Khiry Shelton.

How to Watch:

Match time: 5 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl

TV: ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes

Radio: 104.1 Real Radio

Streaming: MLS Live and WatchESPN

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @TheManeLand, as well as Orlando City's official Twitter feed (@OrlandoCitySC). The game's official hashtags are #ORLvNYC and #FilledTheBowl.

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