Welcome to your match thread for this afternoon’s match-up between Orlando City (8-9-6, 30 points) and the New York Red Bulls (11-9-2, 35 points). This is the second of two scheduled meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals in 2017.
The Lions are 2-3-1 in six meetings with the Red Bulls in the all-time series, and 1-2-0 at Red Bull Arena. Orlando earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at home back on April 9 in the first meeting of the season. Servando Carrasco scored on a corner kick to lift the Lions to their first ever win at home against New York.
The last meeting of 2016 was a 2-0 Orlando City loss on July 13 at Red Bull Arena, with the Lions playing under an interim coach. Bobby Murphy was at the helm for his second of four games when Connor Lade and Felipe powered New York to victory. It was Murphy’s only loss in charge, to go along with three draws. The teams met up in Orlando on May 6 of last year in a 1-1 draw. Kevin Molino equalized to nullify Bradley Wright-Phillips’ early goal.
New York came back in the first meeting of 2016, with three second-half goals to win 3-2 at Red Bull Arena on April 24. Cyle Larin opened the scoring, but the hosts dominated the rest of the game, despite trailing 1-0 at the break, scoring thrice in the second half from Mike Grella and Wright-Phillips (twice). The Lions pulled one back on an own-goal by Karl Ouimette, who had denied Larin a chance to put City up 2-0 earlier in the game with a flying scissor-tackle from behind just outside the 18, which inexplicably drew no call. Orlando, alas, could not find the equalizer on that night and was lucky to escape with only a one-goal defeat.
The teams split the 2015 season series, with each winning on the road. The Red Bulls claimed a 2-0 win in Orlando in a game that saw Larin sent off for a phantom foul (later rescinded) and then-manager Adrian Heath ejected. Larin got his revenge with a hat trick in a 5-2 win in New Jersey.
Orlando City is 0-3-1 in its last four games and has won just twice since April 29. The elevator has basically been going down for more than three months. The Red Bulls won four in a row prior to a tough 3-2 loss at Yankee Stadium against New York City FC on Sunday. The Lions got some reinforcements this week in Yoshimar Yotun and Dillon Powers, who could both see their Orlando City debuts.
Jonathan Spector (knee) and Dom Dwyer (nose surgery) will miss the match due to injury, while PC (adductor), Rafael Ramos (hamstring) and Kevin Alston (hamstring) are all close to a return. For New York, Gideon Baah (broken leg), Mike Grella (knee), Muhamed Keita (groin), and Daniel Royer (knee) are out, while Aurelien Collin (hamstring) is questionable, and Connor Lade is probable.
Here's your mandatory match content for today’s game:
- Gavin Ewbank has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about New York with the help from Daniel Feuerstein of SB Nation’s Red Bulls blog, Once a Metro.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions, and we get input from the other side of the pitch from Jason Iapicco of the Red Bull Rant podcast.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Donny Toia, Leo Pereira, Tommy Redding, Scott Sutter.
Midfielders: Kaká, Antonio Nocerino, Yoshimar Yotun, Will Johnson.
Forwards: Carlos Rivas, Cyle Larin.
Bench: Josh Saunders,Jose Aja, Dillon Powers, Cristian Higuita, Giles Barnes, Servando Carrasco, Richie Laryea.
New York Red Bulls (3-4-3/3-1-2-1-3)
Goalkeeper: Luis Robles.
Defenders: Michael Murillo, Aaron Long, Damien Perinelle.
Defensive Midfielder: Felipe.
Midfielders: Kemar Lawrence, Tyler Adams.
Attacking Midfielder: Sacha Kljestan.
Forwards: Sean Davis, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Alex Muyl.
Bench: Ryan Meara, Aurelien Collin, Connor Lade, Derrick Etienne, Arun Basuljevic, Vincent Bezecourt, Gonzalo Veron.
Ref: Jorge Gonzalez.
AR1: Eric Weisbrod.
AR2: Daniel Belleau.
4th: Marcos DeOliveira.
VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Red Bull Arena — Harrison, NJ.
TV: WRDQ TV27.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Nueva 990 (Spanish).
Streaming: MLS Live (included as the Free Match of the Week).
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