Orlando City To Face Chicago Fire For Fourth Time This Season On Saturday
By Jhamie Chin, Orlando City // September 18, 2015
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Orlando City SC (8-13-8, 32 points) will face the Chicago Fire (7-15-6, 27 points) for the fourth and final time this season on Saturday, September 19. Kick-off is set for 8:30 p.m. ET at Toyota Park.
The match will be broadcast live on MY 65 and FOX Sports Florida. In addition, the game will be transmitted in English on Real Radio 104.1 FM and in Spanish on La Grande 1030 AM.
“We’ve played them often enough so the only thing we don’t know is who is going to play in what position,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “We pretty much know that their front four are very dynamic whichever way they play and whichever position they’re playing in. It’s a big game for us and probably the last roll of the dice for them so it’s a big game this weekend.”
Orlando City is unbeaten against Chicago in league play, recording one win and one tie. Orlando City’s last win on the road came in a 3-2 victory over Chicago on June 6, when a superb finish from Cyle Larin sparked a valiant comeback performance from the Lions.
In the most recent match-up on Aug. 29, both teams battled to a 1-1 draw at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. After going down 1-0, City leveled the score-line in the second half when Larin battled with Chicago centerback Eric Gehrig on the end of clipped ball into the box, forcing an own-goal in favor of Orlando.
The Lions bounced back to winning ways last weekend, defeating Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City 3-1 at home. After conceding the equalizer to Sporting early in the second half, Orlando was given a boost when U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Brek Shea made his return to the pitch after being out for over two months recovering from injury.
Shortly after being introduced, Shea exploded down the left-hand-side and set up fellow second half substitute Bryan Róchez for his first league goal.
Midfielder Adrian Winter, who scored his first finish in purple in the 3rd minute of play, provided the game’s final goal, recording his first brace as a Lion.
Sitting in 10th place in the East, the Fire return to Toyota Park for the first time in three weeks after suffering defeats to Eastern Conference sides Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls.
Forward David Accam leads the team in goals with eight while midfielder Harry Shipp has created the most finishes, recording a team-high seven assists.