Welcome to your live match thread for tonight's match-up between Orlando City (5-6-11, 26 points) and the Chicago Fire (4-11-6, 18 points). It's the second and final meeting between the clubs this season and the only match-up set for Toyota Park. Orlando City is 2-0-2 in the all-time series in league play, and 2-1-2 counting U.S. Open Cup.
The Lions went 2-1-1 in four meetings last season but 2-0-1 in MLS play, with the lone loss coming in a U.S. Open Cup match on the road. Overall, Orlando City is 1-1-1 at Toyota Park, 1-0-1 in MLS games.
The first meeting of the year was a 1-1 draw in Orlando on March 11, with Cyle Larin and David Accam scoring for their teams. The Fire played two thirds of the match down a man with Michael Harrington being sent off. Late in the game a sure penalty went uncalled by Ted Unkel when Larin was pulled down blatantly in the box. Both Larin and Pedro Ribeiro hit the post in the second half, as the Lions squandered points at home.
The first of three meetings last season was a 3-2 win for City in the teams’ initial MLS clash, as Orlando forced two own-goals by Adailton and scored on a Pedro Ribeiro blast to win 3-2. Kennedy Igboananike and Accam scored for the Fire. On Aug. 29, 2015, the teams played to a 1-1 draw in a five-hour, weather-delayed affair with Eric Gehrig's own-goal canceling out an Accam strike. The Lions won again in Chicago on Sept. 19 of last year in the most recent meeting at Toyota Park, winning 1-0 on a late Bryan Rochez strike.
Sandwiched between last year’s MLS meetings was a match-up in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, won by Chicago, 3-1 in Bridgeview. Patrick Nyarko and Larin traded goals in a match that appeared headed to extra time and perhaps penalties before two late Igboananike goals settled the matter.
The Fire are winless in four (0-3-1) with one win in their last six MLS matches (1-4-1). Orlando City also has just one win in its last six (1-2-4) and the Lions have won just once on the road this season (1-5-4). That win came way back on March 18 in the club’s first road game of the year at New York City FC.
Hopefully Kevin Molino (hamstring) will be able to return this week after sitting out against Seattle. Harrison Heath (knee) is also nearing a return but played Friday with Orlando City B at NYRBII, so he won’t be in the lineup. Meanwhile, Rafael Ramos (hamstring) and Pedro Ribeiro (back) are out for Orlando. Center back David Mateos and midfielder Antonio Nocerino will serve suspensions and are not available.
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 Fire from Jeff Engelhardt of SB Nation's Chicago blog, Hot Time in Old Town.
- This week's PawedCast has key match-ups and match predictions, plus we talked to Fire broadcaster and FourFourTwo.com writer Paul Tenorio.
- Wade Williams presides over this week’s TML staff roundtable, in which our writers discuss tonight’s match.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Luke Boden, Seb Hines, Tommy Redding, Kevin Alston.
Defensive Midfielders: Cristian Higuita, Servando Carrasco.
Attacking Midfielders: Matias Perez Garcia, Kaká, Matias Brek Shea.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Jose Aja, Mikey Ambrose, Kevin Molino, Tony Rocha, Julio Baptista, and Carlos Rivas.
Chicago Fire (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper: Sean Johnson.
Defenders: Jonathan Campbell, Johan Kappelhof, Eric Gehrig
Midfielders: Brandon Vincent, Razvan Cocis, Khaly Thiam, Matt Polster.
Forwards: David Accam, John Goossens, Michael de Leeuw.
Bench: Matt Lampson, Michael Harrington, Arturo Alvarez, Nick LaBrocca, Luis Solignac, Joey Calistri, and Michael Stephens.
Ref: Mark Geiger.
AR1: CJ Morgante.
AR2: Joe Fletcher.
4th: Edvin Jurisevic.
How to Watch
Match Time: 4 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Toyota Park -- Bridgeview, IL.
TV: UniMas, Univision Deportes.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish).
Streaming: MLS Live, ESPN3.
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