Welcome to your match thread for tonight's MLS Eastern Conference match-up between Orlando City (5-6-13, 28 points) and Toronto FC (11-7-7, 40 points). It's the second of three scheduled meetings between the two sides in 2016, with the Lions making the return visit to Toronto on Sept. 28.
Orlando City is 1-3-0 in the all-time series, beating Toronto for the first time back on June 25, 3-2, at home. Kaká scored from the spot in the 10th minute of stoppage in that game to win it for the Lions. Toronto fought back twice from deficits, with Cyle Larin and Adrian Winter staking OCSC to leads, only to see Jordan Hamilton and Justin Morrow equalize, until the captain’s late winner.
Toronto won all three meetings last year. Jozy Altidore's brace was all of the scoring in the first match-up, a 2-0 Toronto win on April 26, 2015. Sebastian Giovinco's hat trick led the way to a 4-1 drubbing of the Lions on Aug. 5 of last year, with Luke Boden scoring Orlando's only goal. Collen Warner also scored for Toronto. In the third meeting last year, Toronto FC blasted Orlando, 5-0, on Aug. 22. Rafael Ramos and Winter were both sent off that day. Marky Delgado, Giovinco, Morrow, and Altidore (twice) provided the goals.
The Reds are one of the hottest teams in MLS, entering on an unbeaten run of six games (5-0-1). In fact, Toronto has dropped only one game since losing at Orlando in June. Meanwhile, Orlando City is winless in three (0-1-2), despite only losing one game in the last six matches.
Hopefully the Lions will have Kevin Molino (hamstring tightness) back after he sat out the game in Colorado Saturday night. Cristian Higuita (hamstring) and Pedro Ribeiro (back) are out. Rafael Ramos (hamstring) is nearing a return to availability and saw 45 minutes of action in a rehab start with Orlando City B Sunday night..
Here's your mandatory match content for tonight’s midweek clash:
- Austin Siegel has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report provides some scouting of Toronto FC from SB Nation's blog, Waking the Red.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Luke Boden, Tommy Redding, Seb Hines, Kevin Alston
Defensive Midfielders: Antonio Nocerino, Tony Rocha.
Attacking Midfielders: Kaká, Matias Perez Garcia, Kevin Molino.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., David Mateos, Mikey Ambrose, Servando Carrasco, Carlos Rivas, Julio Baptista, and Brek Shea.
Toronto FC (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Alex Bono.
Defenders: Daniel Lovitz, Josh Williams, Drew Moor, Nick Hagglund.
Midfielders: Jonathan Osorio, Jay Chapman, Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado.
Forwards: Sebastian Giovinco, Tosaint Ricketts.
Bench: Quillan Roberts, Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta, Will Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Hamilton, and Tsubasa Endoh.
Ref: Chris Penso.
AR1: Sean Hurd.
AR2: Kermit Quisenberry.
4th: Marcos DeOliveira.
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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