Welcome to your match thread for tonight’s meeting between Orlando City (7-7-13, 34 points) and the LA Galaxy (10-4-14, 44 points). This is the only scheduled match-up between the two clubs this season and the first at the StubHub Center after the Galaxy visited Orlando last season. The Lions enter on a two-game winning streak while LA is unbeaten in four (1-0-3) and has just one loss in the last 14 matches (5-1-8). The Galaxy actually have more draws than Orlando this season, with 14.
The Lions are 1-0 in the all-time MLS series, winning 4-0 last season in the stadium then known as the Citrus Bowl. You may recall that was Orlando City’s first home win in Major League Soccer in emphatic fashion in front of a huge crowd of more than 40,000. Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaká, and Darwin Ceren scored the goals for Orlando that day and Tally Hall kept a clean sheet without having to do a whole lot. What seemed important at the time was that the game marked Martin Paterson’s Orlando City debut, as he came on as a second-half substitute. It turned out to not be important at all, but the win was.
“It was a special day all around,” said then-Orlando City coach Adrian Heath after the match.
Indeed, it was special, as was this Avila goal, which we’ll never forget:
The Lions will be bolstered by the return of internationals Larin and Kevin Molino. Both played Tuesday night for their countries, but that gives them each an extra day’s rest over Wednesday night’s lineup that won at Montreal. They’ll be needed, as the Galaxy have yet to lose at home this season (7-0-7). Oh, and they got some help this week from some guy named Landon Donovan coming out of retirement.
Cristian Higuita (hamstring) and Pedro Ribeiro (back surgery) are out for Orlando. Rafael Ramos couldn’t travel to Montreal due to immigration issues but should be available for tonight.
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 Galaxy from SB Nation's LA blog, LAG Confidential.
- Our most recent PawedCast has our key match-ups and more predictions.
- Wade Williams presides over the TML staff roundtable with more discussion on tonight’s match.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Luke Boden, Jose Aja, David Mateos, Kevin Alston.
Defensive Midfielders: Antonio Nocerino, Servando Carrasco.
Attacking Midfielders: Kaká, Matias Perez Garcia, Kevin Molino.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Rafael Ramos, Seb Hines, Tony Rocha, Carlos Rivas, Brek Shea, Julio Baptista.
LA Galaxy (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Brian Rowe.
Defenders: Ashley Cole, Daniel Steres, Leonardo, Robbie Rogers.
Defensive Midfielders: Sebastian Lletget, Jeff Larentowicz.
Attacking Midfielders: Emmanuel Boateng, Giovani dos Santos, Baggio Husidic.
Forwards: Alan Gordon.
Bench: Dan Kennedy, A.J. DeLaGarza, Dave Romney, Raul Mendiola, Rafael Garcia, Mike Magee, Landon Donovan.
Ref: Ismail Elfath.
AR1: Matthew Nelson.
AR2: Ian Anderson.
4th: Allen Chapman.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7 p.m. (ET).
Venue: StubHub Center – Carson, CA.
TV: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish).
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO.
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