Welcome to your live match thread for tonight's match-up between Orlando City (4-5-11, 23 points) and New England Revolution (6-7-8, 26 points). It's the third and final scheduled meeting between the clubs this season and the first MLS game for the Lions under new boss Jason Kreis. Orlando City is 0-1-3 in the all-time series.
The teams have drawn 2-2 twice this season (and three times in four meetings), starting with the weird affair in Orlando back on April 17 in which the teams reached a controversial 2-2 final score. It was leveled by a very late Lee Nguyen penalty for a handball in the box on Servando Carrasco, who didn’t touch the it with any part of his hand or arm. Kaká opened the scoring on a much less controversial penalty kick and Kevin Molino scored in the 92nd minute after receiving a ball that did appear to come off the Trinidadian’s arm. Between those two goals, Teal Bunbury scored off a corner that appeared to be a goal kick. It was an odd game all around.
The second meeting reached the same final score on April 30 in New England. This time the Revs appeared the better side for much of the game. But the Lions fought back twice from one-goal deficits on goals by Molino and Carlos Rivas to nullify scores by Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo.
The teams met twice last season, with Orlando City rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the final 17 minutes to draw 2-2 (there’s that score again) 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. Fagundez, Agudelo and Chris Tierney scored for the Revolution.
The Revs are on a run of good form, having gone three games unbeaten (2-0-1) with wins over Chicago and Columbus and a draw against Real Salt Lake. New England has conceded just one goal during that run and none in the last two games. Meanwhile, Orlando is winless in five (0-2-3) since June 25.
Rafael Ramos (hamstring), Tommy Redding (hamstring), Harrison Heath (knee), and Pedro Ribeiro (back) are out for Orlando. For New England, Charlie Davies, Juan Agudelo, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, and Donnie Smith have been struggling with various issues.
Here's your mandatory content for tonight's match:
- Austin Siegel's got your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report features a bit of a scouting report on the Revs from Jake Catanese of SB Nation's New England blog, The Bent Musket.
- This week's PawedCast has key match-ups and match predictions, plus we talked to Jake from The Bent Musket to preview the game.
- Wade Williams runs this week’s roundtable discussion, including talk about tonight’s match.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Luke Boden, Seb Hines, David Mateos, Kevin Alston.
Defensive Midfielders: Servando Carrasco, Antonio Nocerino,
Attacking Midfielders: Kevin Molino, Kaká, Hadji Barry.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Jose Aja, Cristian Higuita, Darwin Ceren, Brek Shea, Julio Baptista, and Carlos Rivas.
New England Revolution (4-3-2-1)
Goalkeeper: Bobby Shuttleworth.
Defenders: Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, London Woodberry, Andrew Farrell.
Defensive Midfielders: Je-Vaughn Watson, Scott Caldwell.
Attacking Midfielders: Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Teal Bunbury.
Forward: Kei Kamara.
Bench: Brad Knighton, Darrius Barnes, Gershon Koffie, Zachary Herivaux, Daigo Kobayashi, Diego Fagunez, and Charlie Davies.
Ref: Silviu Petrescu.
AR1: Daniel Belleau.
AR2: Anthony Vasoli.
4th: Rubiel Vazquez.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Camping World Stadium -- Orlando, FL.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish).
Streaming: MLS Live.
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