Welcome to your match thread for tonight's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match-up between Orlando City and Miami FC of the NASL at Orlando City Stadium. It’s the first ever meeting between these two clubs and it should be an entertaining game.
The Lions are 10-6-1 all-time in U.S. Open Cup play, 2-2-1 since jumping to MLS. That lone draw came in 2015 at the Charleston Battery, with the Lions advancing on penalties (8-7) following a wild 4-4 final after extra time. Orlando City was 1-1 against NASL clubs a year ago, beating Jacksonville Armada away before falling at the death of extra time at home against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Orlando is 6-1-2 at home, coming off a 0-0 draw vs. Chicago Fire while playing two men down on Sunday, June 4. Miami FC flew cross-country after beating FC Edmonton on Saturday night on the road. Miami is 5-0-1 on the road this season and leads the NASL’s spring season with a 7-1-3 record. Tonight’s visitors lead the NASL in goals scored (17) while allowing the fewest goals against (8).
Tonight’s lineup should be somewhat interesting. International players are limited in this competition and Jason Kreis will likely recall a few loanees from Orlando City B to make up the roster. With a conference opponent looming Saturday night in the form of the Montreal Impact, key starters such as Joe Bendik, Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter, and others should get a rest. Canada played last night so it’s unlikely Cyle Larin or Will Johnson will be in the 18.
Here's your mandatory match content for tonight:
- Austin David has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about Miami FC from the guys over at the Magic City Soccer podcast.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions, plus our exclusive interview with former Orlando City and current Miami FC defender Brad Rusin.
This may be the least accurate projected lineup I’ve ever done for Orlando City but we’ll see how it goes.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Josh Saunders.
Defenders: PC, Leo Pereira, Tommy Redding, Rafael Ramos.
Midfielders: Luis Gil, Servando Carrasco, Matias Perez Garcia, Richie Laryea.
Forwards: Hadji Barry, Giles Barnes.
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., Donny Toia, Jose Aja, Tony Rocha, Cristian Higuita, Pierre Da Silva, Albert Dikwa.
Miami FC (4-3-3)
Goalkeeper: Daniel Vega.
Defenders: Robert Baggio Kcira, Mason Trafford, Rhett Bernstein, Hunter Freeman.
Midfielders: Dylan Mares, Richie Ryan, Michael Lahoud.
Forwards: Kwadwo Poku, Enzo Renella, Jaime Chavez.
Bench: Ryan Herman, Blake Smith, Brad Rusin, Michel, Calvin Rezende, Gabriel Farfan, Stefano Pinho.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Orlando City Stadium — Orlando, FL.
Radio: Spanish only, available here through AEV.
Streaming: Available through the Lion Nation app, at the U.S. Soccer website, and Ooyala.
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