Orlando City Begins Four-Game Road Trip Tonight Vs. New England Revolution
By Orlando City SC // September 2, 2017
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA (Orlando City) – Orlando City SC (8-11-7, 31 points) will begin a four-game road trip when it travels to Boston to face the New England Revolution (8-12-5, 29 points) on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s match will be locally televised on WRDQ TV27 and transmitted in English on Real Radio 104.1 FM and in Spanish on La Nueva 990 AM. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will be streamed on the LionNation app and Facebook Live.
“I think we’re feeling like we’re in a rhythm with our play and consistent with our performances. Unfortunately, not the results to go with them but I think consistency of our performances lends itself well to playing again this weekend and not taking the weekend off,” Lions Head Coach Jason Kreis said.
“I think it’s going to be an interesting game. Both teams are basically do or die.”
This will be the first meeting of the season for these two teams after their March 11 match was rescheduled due to extreme cold hitting the New England area. The matchup will mark the sixth all-time meeting between both teams.
In their last encounter, the Lions scored three second-half goals to defeat the Revs 3-1 on July 31, 2016, recording the first victory for Jason Kreis in his Orlando City coaching debut. Cyle Larin scored the equalizer in the 46th minute with a left-footed shot followed by a Kevin Molino brace.
In its last match, Orlando City fell 2-1 in a hard-fought match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday night. Vancouver took the lead in the ninth minute when Nicolás Mezquida’s free kick delivery bounced off Tommy Redding and into the net. In the second half, nine minutes after the Whitecaps’ second goal from Brek Shea, Larin headed down Yoshimar Yotún’s cross and sent it straight into the back of the net. It was Yotún’s first MLS assist.
Joe Bendik is second in the league with 88 saves. Larin leads the team with 10 goals in 23 appearances, while Kaká and Carlos Rivas lead the team with five assists.
New England is coming off a 1-0 loss against D.C. United. Luciano Acosta scored the game-winning goal late in the second half when he finished a pass from Kofi Opare to the near post.
Lee Nguyen leads the Revs with eight goals and 10 assists in 23 appearances. Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez both have seven assists in 22 and 24 appearances, respectively. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper is tied with Bendik with six shutouts.
City’s Larin and Yotún and the Revs’ Antonio Delamea and Je-Vaughn Watson have been called up to their respective national teams and won’t be available for this match.
City enters the match in ninth place, five points out of a playoff spot. This will be the first of six September matches for Orlando City, four of which will be on the road. The Lions have six remaining matches against Eastern Conference rivals and two against the West.
The Lions continue their stretch of road games when they travel to Washington to face D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 9. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Orlando City will then visit Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers before returning to Orlando City Stadium to host the New England Revolution on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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