Orlando City B (6-6-10, 28 points) broke its six-game string of draws and extended its unbeaten streak to eight (2-0-6) on Saturday night by defeating the Richmond Kickers 1-0 in Virginia. Now the young Lions return home to take on the Ottawa Fury (7-7-6, 27 points).
Led by a terrific performance by Pierre Da Silva, the young Lions beat the Richmond Kickers away with a 24th-minute Hadji Barry goal being the difference. OCB will now return home to face the Ottawa Fury and attempt to start a winning streak.
The Fury have won two of their last three games and have gained points in three of their last four. Despite being dominated in possession, the Fury beat the Charlotte Independence 3-1 Saturday night on goals by Eddie Edward, Gerardo Bruna, and Adonijah Reid. This will be the second and final time these two teams face each other this year. The first was a morning affair back in June. Despite OCB having possession for 60 percent of the game, a 43rd-minute Steevan Dos Santos goal ended up being the difference as the Lions lost, 1-0.
This will be a key game for both teams as the young Lions are tied with New York Red Bulls II for the final playoff spot in the USL's Eastern Conference and the Fury sit one point behind.
"They're an interesting team," OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis said about the Fury. "They’ve got quite a clear strategy, they want to get as many balls into the opposition’s box as possible. Very, very direct. That’s the way they play, is to make you defend as much as possible. We know we’re going to have to defend the box well. Once we defend the box well, if we can pick up the second ball then there are areas where we can definitely exploit.”
Notable for this game will be the absence of central defender Zach Carroll. The 23-year-old received an early yellow card for a professional foul and then was sent off in injury time when he was booked for entering the field of play without permission.
Most Recent Lineups
Orlando City B (8/12 at Richmond Kickers): Earl Edwards, Jr.; Rafael Ramos, Seb Hines, Zach Carroll, Kevin Alston; Tony Rocha, Austin Martz, Paul Clowes, Lewis Neal, Pierre Da Silva; Hadji Barry.
Ottawa Fury FC (8/12 vs Charlotte Independence): Callum Irving; Eddie Edward, Ramon Martin Del Campo, Kyle Venter; Jonathan Barden, Andrae Campbell, Lance Rozeboom, Gerardo Bruna; Nick DePuy, Carl Haworth, Azake Luboyera.
How to Watch
The 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff from Orlando City Stadium can be streamed from the official USL YouTube page or at orlandocitysc.com/live. For rapid reaction and live updates, follow @OrlandoCityB and @TheManeLand on Twitter.