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Orlando City vs. New York City FC, Round 2: How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Open Thread, Lineups and More

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The two expansion sides meet for the second of three 2015 meetings today at Yankee Stadium. Both sides need three points in the Eastern Conference race. Will one of these clubs finally break the deadlock and win against the other?

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Welcome to your open thread for Orlando City SC at New York City FC at 2:30 p.m. The Lions will look to stop the bleeding of their recent run of results. Orlando is 0-3-1 in the last four competitive matches, including 0-2-1 in MLS play. Adrian Heath has the day off after being ejected last Saturday night against New York Red Bulls and Mark Watson will manage the Lions today.

City (6-8-6, 24 points) will be without Cristian Higuita, who is out on yellow card suspension. That presents options for Adrian Heath, who could go with Lewis Neal in that slot or newcomer Servando Carrasco, or he could change the shape of the team. At least Cyle Larin won his red card appeal so he'll be available for selection, and we're hearing forward Martin Paterson is also ready to get back on the pitch.

For NYCFC (5-9-6, 21 points), Mix Diskerud didn't play for the USMNT yesterday so he could be in the 18 or even start this match for our fellow expansioneers. But the mythical Frank Lampard will not be in the 18. It's anyone's guess whether Andrea Pirlo will make his debut after arriving in the U.S. just days ago. Ned Grabavoy and Jason Hernandez are suspended for New York City.

Orlando entered the weekend sixth in the Eastern Conference, just three points ahead of ninth-place New York City FC. It's the first trip to Yankee Stadium for the Lions. The teams met just once this season thus far, drawing 1-1 on opening day March 8, when Kaká equalized on a free kick in stoppage time for 10-man City. Today's referee, Alan Kelly, is the same guy who called that game.

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

Official Lineups:

Orlando City (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Tally Hall

Defenders: Sean St. Ledger, Seb Hines, Aurelien Collin

Midfielders: Corey Ashe, Darwin Ceren, Servando Carrasco, Eric Avila

Forwards: Carlos Rivas, Cyle Larin, Kaká

Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Tommy Redding, Luke Boden, Pedro Ribeiro, Estrela, Bryan Rochez, Martin Paterson

New York City FC (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Josh Saunders

Defenders: Angelino, Shay Facey, Chris Wingert, Andoni Iraola

Defensive Midfielders: Mehdi BallouchyAndrew Jacobson

Attacking Midfielders:Javier Calle, Kwadwo Poku, Thomas McNamara

Forwards: David Villa,

Bench: Eirik Johansen, RJ Allen, Jefferson Mena, Pablo Alvarez, Andrea Pirlo,  Mix Diskerud, Patrick Mullins

Referees

REF: Alan Kelly

AR1: Corey Parker

AR2: Eric Weisbrod

4TH: Robert Sibiga

How to Watch:

Match time: 2:30 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Yankee Stadium - Bronx, NY

TV: FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes (nationally)

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

Streaming: 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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