Welcome to your match thread for today's match-up between Orlando City and New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. It’s the second of three scheduled meetings set for 2017, with the first being the Lions’ 1-0 opening day win to christen Orlando City Stadium on March 5. Cyle Larin and Joe Bendik were the big heroes that day for the lads in purple. The third meeting is set for May 21 at 7 p.m. at Orlando City Stadium.
Orlando City is 4-1-2 in the all-time series (1-1-1 at Yankee Stadium) and captured the season series last year, 2-0-1, with a win and a draw on the road.
Lions Head Coach Jason Kreis will be facing his most recent MLS team for the third time, and will look to stay perfect in those match-ups. In addition to the win to kick off 2017, Kreis’ charges beat his old club, 2-1, on Aug. 28 of last year.
Kaká’s first MLS brace more than offset a Steven Mendoza goal in the final meeting of 2016, in which Kreis exacted a measure of revenge against the club that fired him after only one season. Orlando City won the first round of 2016, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium on March 18 on a goal by Larin, killer of New York teams. The teams drew 2-2 on May 29 in the Bronx. After falling behind, 2-0, on goals by Frederic Brillant and David Villa, the Lions rallied late, with Julio Baptista and Kevin Molino firing City level.
You may recall that the two 2015 expansion sides played their first MLS game against each other back on March 8, 2015. Kaká's free kick in stoppage time gave the Lions a 1-1 draw, canceling out Mix Diskerud's second-half goal.
Rafael Ramos (hamstring) and Seb Hines (knee surgery) are out for Orlando. Kaká (hamstring) and Jose Aja (hamstring) are both nearing returns. Meanwhile, Tony Rocha (hamstring) played half a game Tuesday night in Harrisburg on a rehab assignment to OCB. For the hosts, Ronald Matarrita (ankle) and Khiry Shelton (hamstring) are out.
Here's your mandatory match content for tonight:
- Gavin Ewbank has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about New York City FC with the help from Jake Gofman of SB Nation’s NYCFC blog, Hudson River Blue.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions, plus we get some insight from behind enemy lines from Hudson River Blue’s Sam Dunn.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Donny Toia, Jonathan Spector, Tommy Redding, Scott Sutter.
Midfielders: Cristian Higuita, Antonio Nocerino, Will Johnson, Giles Barnes.
Forwards: Carlos Rivas, Cyle Larin.
Bench: Josh Saunders, PC, Leo Pereira, Servando Carrasco, Luis Gil, Hadji Barry, Matias Perez Garcia.
New York City FC (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Sean Johnson.
Defenders: Rodney Wallace, Alexander Callens, Maxime Chanot, Ethan White.
Midfielders: Maxi Morales, Andrea Pirlo, Alexander Ring.
Forwards: Tommy McNamara, David Villa, Jack Harrison.
Bench: Eirik Johansen, Ben Sweat, Frederic Brillant, Miguel Camargo, Yangel Herrera, John Stertzer, Jonathan Lewis.
Ref: Sorin Stoica.
AR1: Kyle Atkins.
AR2: Adam Garner.
4th: Robert Sibiga.
How to Watch
Match Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Yankee Stadium — Bronx, NY.
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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