clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

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

New, 96 comments

With Montreal winning Wednesday night, it's important for Orlando City to get something out of tonight's match. Can the Lions do something they have never done and extend their MLS winning streak to three games?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to your open thread for the second and final match-up of the (regular, he said, hopefully) season between Orlando City (9-13-8, 35 points) and New York Red Bulls (14-8-6, 48 points). The Lions are 0-1 in the season series after falling 2-0 back on July 18, in a game in which Cyle Larin was wrongfully sent off in the 32nd minute. Head Coach Adrian Heath was also sent off in the 74th minute after arguing persistent bad decisions.

Larin's red card, at least influenced by fourth official Ted Unkel, was rescinded the following midweek, but that was too late to help City try to fight back from allowing an early Sacha Kljestan goal. In fact, Kljestan was a key factor in getting Larin sent off, going to ground and writhing around in mock pain while holding a right leg that Orlando's striker never struck. Shockingly, the New York midfielder was absolutely fine right after Larin departed. Kljestan also went to ground easily to help Cristian Higuita earn a yellow card that night.

Mike Grella added a stoppage time insurance goal for the Red Bulls to sink the Lions, who fought valiantly despite being behind a goal and down a man for most of the game.

Orlando City is in the unfamiliar territory of trying to extend a winning streak in this inaugural season. City has won two straight for just the second time in MLS, after victories over Sporting Kansas City and Chicago Fire the last two weekends. A victory would help the club keep pace with Montreal Impact, a side that will visit the Citrus Bowl on Oct. 3.

City's two-match winning streak coincides with the return of Brek Shea to the lineup. Shea was not available in the July 18 meeting against New York, having had sports hernia surgery just two days prior. Orlando should get an added boost by the return of captain Kaká to the lineup after missing a few games with a strained adductor muscle and international duty before that.

New York is in a fine run of form, having won three of its last four matches (3-0-1). The Red Bulls are tied for first in the Supporters' Shield standings with a game in hand, although Vancouver owns the tiebreaker.

Watch for the Red Bulls to try to pressure high and force turnovers in order to spring deadly counter-attacks. Bradley Wright-Phillips (14), Mike Grella (7) and Lloyd Sam (7) are deadly goal scorers, combining for 28 goals amongst them this season. Kljestan is an accurate set-up man with 10 assists on the season, and has six goals himself. You can just pick any combination of New York's front four and come out with two guys who each have a minimum of six assists and six goals. That's scary production.

Orlando will want to get at least a point from this match to try to stay in contact with Montreal and if the Lions can both keep their recent form going and finish their chances, they might be able to steal some points from this trip to New Jersey.

"We'll have to play well. A mediocre performance won't be good enough," Heath said. "We're going to have to give one of our best performances of the season to get a result at the Red Bull Arena."

Here's your mandatory content to prep for tonight:

Official Lineups:

Orlando City (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Tally Hall

Defenders: Luke Boden, Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos

Defensive Midfielders: Cristian Higuita, Darwin Ceren

Attacking Midfielders: Brek Shea, Kaká, Lewis Neal

Forwards: Cyle Larin

Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Servando Carrasco, Eric Avila, Adrian Winter, Bryan Rochez

New York Red Bulls (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Luis Robles

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence, Matt Miazga, Damien Perrinelle, Connor Lade

Defensive Midfielders: Dax McCarty, Felipe

Attacking Midfielders: Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam

Forward: Bradley Wright-Phillips

Bench: Kyle Reynish, Sal Zizzo, Ronald Zubar, Sean Davis, Gonzalo Veron, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anatole Bertrand Abang

Referees

REF: Jorge Gonzalez

AR1: Daniel Belleau

AR2: Brian Dunn

4TH: Robert Sibiga

How to Watch:

Match time: 7 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Red Bull Arena - Harrison, NJ

TV: UDN (nationally)

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

Streaming: MLSSoccer.com, UnivisionDeportes.com, MLS Live

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

Match Thread Rules:

This is your live thread for posting comments on the match. So use our comments section below to talk about the game in real time with other supporters. If you're new, welcome to our happy home! While you're here, please observe a few basic rules:

  • Absolutely no links to illegal streams. They can get us in trouble, and no one wants that.
  • Try not to be "that guy" who spews nothing but venom and hate for the team. It's ok to be critical, and, let's face it, sometimes even the best teams can be frustrating to watch, but being overly negative relentlessly can sap the enjoyment for others.
  • Keep it somewhat clean and fair when criticizing players / officials. You never know who might be reading.
  • Do unto others in the match thread, the way you would have others do unto you. We are a fun community and want to keep it this way. We have a moderator, but we'd rather let him enjoy the game instead of having to play babysitter.
  • Finally, we don't have a rule against profanity but don't abuse the non-rule. Also, any language that is sexist, racist, or homophobic in nature will be swiftly deleted and you may lose posting privileges. We're all in this together.