Welcome to your match thread for tonight's meeting between Orlando City (3-3-5, 14 points) and the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union (5-3-3, 18 points). This is the second of three scheduled meetings in 2016 between the clubs, after the Union grabbed the first meeting 2-1 at Talen Energy Stadium on April 8 on a late free kick by Tranquillo Barnetta. Yeah, you remember it. The Lions return to Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 16.
Orlando City is 0-2-1 in the series, going 0-1-1 in two match-ups with the Union last season. The Lions drew 0-0 in the (then) Citrus Bowl on Aug. 8, 2015, and fell 1-0 in the season finale in Philadelphia on Oct. 25, in what turned out to be a meaningless, yet card-filled game.
The Lions are a little beat up but then again, that's nothing new. Seb Hines (knee) and Rafael Ramos (hamstring) came off Saturday with injuries, while Darwin Ceren (ankle) and Pedro Ribeiro (back) continue to be out. The Union have a few knocks as well, with Maurice Edu (tibia fracture) out, while Vincent Nogueira (left oblique) and Ilsinho (right adductor) are nearing returns. Anderson Conceicao (shoulder) is also questionable.
Here is your mandatory content to prepare you for today's match:
- Austin Siegel's got your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about the Philadelphia Union from SB Nation's blog Brotherly Game.
- Our staff roundtable takes a critical look at today's match and recaps the Montreal win.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Brek Shea, David Mateos, Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston
Defensive Midfielders: Servando Carrasco, Cristian Higuita.
Attacking Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Kaká, Adrian Winter.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Luke Boden, Harrison Heath, Antonio Nocerino, Kevin Molino, Hadji Barry and Julio Baptista.
Philadelphia Union (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Andre Blake.
Defenders: Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry.
Defensive Midfielders: Warren Creavalle, Brian Carroll.
Attacking Midfielders: Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux.
Forward: C.J. Sapong.
Bench: Matthew Jones, Raymon Gaddis, Ken Tribbett, Roland Alberg, Leo Fernandes, Walter Restrepo, Fabian Herbers.
Ref: Sorin Stoica.
AR1: Chris Strickland.
AR2: Logan Brown.
4th: Ted Unkel.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FL
TV: TV27 (available locally only).
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish).
Streaming: MLS Live.
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