Welcome to your match thread for tonight's meeting between Orlando City (2-2-4, 10 points) and the New York Red Bulls (3-6-0, 9 points). This is the second of three scheduled meetings between these teams in 2016. New York won the first meeting 3-2 back on April 24. They'll go at it again at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, July 13.
New York has won two straight games, with one of those being the aforementioned meeting with OCSC, but is 0-4-0 on the road his season. Orlando City is 1-0-3 at home and 0-2-2 in its last four overall.
The Lions and Red Bulls split their two match-ups last season, with each team winning on the road. New York captured the first meeting 2-0, after Cyle Larin was wrongly sent off on one of two cards drawn by Sacha Kljestan dives (a Cristian Higuita yellow being the other). Kljestan also scored the only goal New York would need, as the Lions couldn't find the net despite keeping lots of pressure on the visitors. Mike Grella added a stoppage time dagger.
Orlando City won the return fixture in New York, 5-2, behind a Larin hat trick, setting an MLS rookie goal-scoring record in the process.
Orlando City should have captain Kaká back in the lineup tonight after he's missed the last two matches with a groin injury. Kevin Molino may be unavailable after injuring his calf at New England but he isn't expected to have a long-term problem. Pedro Ribeiro had back surgery this week and will be out for months. Luke Boden (hamstring) is also unavailable tonight.
Aurelien Collin makes his return to Camping World Stadium after his recent trade to the Red Bulls, which should make things even more interesting tonight if he gets the start.
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 Red Bulls from SBN's Once a Metro blog.
- This week's PawedCast has our key match-ups and more predictions (plus, our exclusive interview with Orlando City defender Conor Donovan).
- Our staff roundtable takes a critical look at tonight's match and recaps the Revs.
Orlando City (4-3-2-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Brek Shea, Seb Hines, David Mateos, Rafael Ramos.
Defensive Midfielders: Antonio Nocerino, Cristian Higuita, Darwin Ceren.
Attacking Midfielders:Kevin Molino, Kaká.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston, Servando Carrasco, Adrian Winter, Carlos Rivas, and Julio Baptista.
New York Red Bulls (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Luis Robles.
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence, Aurelien Collin, Ronald Zubar, Sal Zizzo.
Defensive Midfielders: Dax McCarty, Felipe.
Attacking Midfielders: Mike Grella, Sacha Kljestan, Lloyd Sam.
Forwards: Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Bench: Kyle Reynish, Karl Ouimette, Connor Lade, Alex Muyl, Anatole Abang, Sean Davis, and Gonzalo Veron.
Ref: Ted Unkel (sorry in advance, Lions fans).
AR1: Sean Hurd.
AR2: Jose Da Silva.
4th: Younes Marrakchi.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FL.
TV: UniMas, Univision Deportes.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish), SiriusXM FC.
Streaming: MLS Live.
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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