Welcome to your live match thread for tonight's match-up between Orlando City (9-13-8, 35 points) and New England Revolution (11-14-5, 38 points) at Orlando City Stadium. It's the second of two scheduled meeting between the clubs this season, with both meetings coming in the month of September. Orlando City is 1-2-3 in the all-time series.
New England won the most recent meeting 25 days ago at Gillette Stadium by a 4-0 count and it could have been worse. Kei Kamara scored a hat trick and Teal Bunbury also scored, with Lee Nguyen assisting on all four goals to tie an MLS record. Jose Aja was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
The lone Orlando win in the series came in Jason Kreis’ debut as the Lions’ coach last July 31, as Kevin Molino scored a brace for City in a 3-1 win. Cyle Larin also scored to more than offset Kamara’s strike.
The teams also drew 2-2 twice last season (and three times in the first four meetings), starting with the weird affair in Orlando back April 17, 2016, in which the teams reached a controversial 2-2 final score. It was leveled by a very late Nguyen penalty for a handball in the box on Servando Carrasco, who didn’t touch it with any part of his hand or arm. Kaká opened the scoring on penalty kick and Molino scored in the 92nd minute. Between those two goals, Teal Bunbury scored off a corner that appeared to be a goal kick. The second meeting last year reached the same final score on April 30 in New England. This time the Revs appeared the better side for much of the game, but the Lions fought back twice from one-goal deficits on goals by Molino and Carlos Rivas to nullify scores by Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo.
The teams met twice in 2015, with Orlando City rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the final 17 minutes to draw 2-2 (there’s that score again) at the Citrus Bowl last April. Larin and Aurelien Collin provided the goals for the Lions. The Sept. 5 rematch at Gillette Stadium didn't go as well, with New England taking a 3-0 win. Fagundez, Agudelo and Chris Tierney scored for the Revolution.
Orlando City is 6-4-4 at home but just 0-3-3 in its last six outings at Orlando City Stadium. The Lions have three wins since April and continue to fall toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference. New England won its last outing, 2-1 over Toronto FC at home on Saturday. The Revs are 0-12-3 on the road but could be rejuvenated after the firing of coach Jay Heaps.
The Lions are missing several regulars with Cristian Higuita (calf) injured and a lot of suspensions, including Jonathan Spector and PC for getting sent off Sunday at Portland. Will Johnson remains under league suspension. New England lists Kelyn Rowe (knee) and Nguyen (muscle spasms) as questionable.
Here's your mandatory match content for today’s game:
- Gavin Ewbank has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report features a bit of a scouting report on the Revs from Jake Catanese of SB Nation's New England blog, The Bent Musket.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Donny Toia, Leo Pereira, Seb Hines, Scott Sutter.
Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotun, Servando Carrasco, Giles Barnes, Antonio Nocerino.
Forwards: Kaká, Dom Dwyer.
Bench: Earl Edwards, Jr., Rafael Ramos, Tommy Redding, Richie Layrea, Dillon Powers, Cyle Larin, Carlos Rivas.
New England Revolution (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Cody Cropper.
Defenders: Chris Tierney, Claude Dielna, Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Benjamin Angoua.
Midfielders: Xavier Kouassi, Scott Caldwell, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lee Nguyen.
Forward: Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury.
Bench: Brad Knighton, Diego Fagundez, Andrew Farrell, Krisztian Nemeth, Gershon Koffie, Daigo Kobayashi, Juan Agudelo.
Ref: Silviu Petrescu.
AR1: Phil Briere.
AR2: Kermit Quisenberry.
4th: Marcos DeOliveira.
VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Orlando City Stadium — Orlando, FL.
TV: WRDQ TV 27 (local only).
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Nueva 990 (Spanish).
Streaming: MLS Live.
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