Welcome to your match thread for today's meeting between Orlando City (2-1-2, 8 points) and the New England Revolution (1-1-4, 7 points). This is the first of three meetings scheduled between the two clubs this season, with the return fixture at Foxborough coming up on April 30 and the Revs returning to the Citrus Bowl on July 31.
The Revs are unbeaten in their last three matches and 0-1-2 on the road this season. Four draws have helped the Revolution sit just one point behind Orlando in the Eastern Conference table. A draw is the best that the Lions have done so far against the Revs. The teams met twice last season, with Orlando City rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the final 17 minutes to draw 2-2 at the Citrus Bowl last April. Cyle Larin and Aurelien Collin provided the goals for the Lions.
The Sept. 5 rematch at Gillette Stadium didn't go as well, with New England taking a 3-0 win in a match that saw the Revs out-shoot Orlando, 21-8. Despite the lopsided shots and score, the Revolution led only 1-0 until the 84th minute against the short-handed Lions, who were without four key players -- Kaká, Larin, Brek Shea and Darwin Ceren -- in addition to having lost Kevin Molino early in the year. Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney scored for the Revs.
Speaking of injured Lions, we're still not sure which guys will be back today. Larin, Cristian Higuita and Tommy Redding are all close to returning and Brek Shea will return from his red card suspension barring something unforeseen. Julio Baptista should be more settled in after a long week since the Philadelphia game.
Here is your mandatory content to prepare you for tonight's match:
- Austin Siegel's got your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about the Revs from SBN blog The Bent Musket.
- This week's PawedCast has our key match-ups and more predictions (plus, our exclusive interview with Orlando City defender Tommy Redding).
- Our staff roundtable takes a critical look at tonight's match and tonight's Pride opener, among other things.
- Brent Petkus has your scouting report.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Larin starts on the bench and Redding is back. Higuita is still out. Rafael Ramos has picked up a knock in training and Kevin Alston will make his Orlando City debut.
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Brek Shea, Seb Hines, Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston.
Defensive Midfielders: Antonio Nocerino, Darwin Ceren.
Attacking Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Kaká, Adrian Winter.
Forward: Julio Baptista.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Luke Boden, Aurelien Collin, David Mateos Servando Carrasco, Kevin Molino, Cyle Larin.
New England Revolution (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Bobby Shuttleworth.
Defenders: Chris Tierney, Andrew Farrell, Je-Vaughn Watson, London Woodberry.
Defensive Midfielders: Gershon Koffie, Scott Caldwell.
Attacking Midfielders: Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe.
Forward: Teal Bunbury.
Bench: Brad Knighton, Sambinha, Daigo Kobayashi, Zachary Herivaux, Donnie Smith, Charlie Davies
Ref: Baldomero Toledo.
AR1: Kermit Quisenberry.
AR2: Kevin Klinger.
4th: Rubiel Vazquez.
How to Watch
Match Time: 3:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Citrus Bowl -- Orlando, FL.
TV: ESPN. ESPN Deportes.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish), SiriusXM FC.
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