This Sunday July 31, the New England Revolution and Orlando City SC will square off for the 3rd and final time, this regular season. Game kicks off at 7:30et from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. The previous two matches between the sides both ended in 2-2 draws and each offered its own controversy. This match will be expected to play out similarly but with one team getting the win and the final laugh in this wild series.
New England are entering the match with a positive spirit having defeated Chicago 1-0 last week and are undefeated in their last three. The Revolution are also only two wins shy of being Open Cup Champions once again as they will face the Union next week in a semi final match up. The Rev’s are 6-7-8 and currently in 6th place in the East.
Orlando City on the hand under new head coach Jason Kreis, are entering the match in a bit of a funk having failed to win a game in their previous five attempts. The last time OC got the full three points was against Toronto back on June 25th. The Lions are right behind New England in the standings at 7th place with a record of 4-5-11. Orlando City do have some momentum going into the match. Aside from hiring a new accomplished head coach they also managed to snag a point in Columbus after trailing early by two. Orlando’s come from behind fighting spirit could come in to play in this match as well but not if Jay Heaps has anything to say about. Orlando were able to steel a point from NE in the previous match with Rivas edging out Woodberry to a ball, netting an equalizer in the 90th minute. The Rev’s will be looking for just their 2nd road win of the season (MLS). However, Orlando are undefeated on home soil so far in ten matches. Both sides will have their work cut out for them battling not only each other but also the high temperature.
Team Scoring leaders; OC-Larin 10; NE-Nguyen 5
REF-Silviu Petrescu, 116 matches, 17 RC’s, 24 PK’s
YC Watch- Cristian Higuita, Carlos Rivas, David Mateos — NE: Gershon Koffie, London Woodberry
All time Head to Head-4 games, 3 draws, 1 win for NE
New guy Jason Kreis vs. NE: P15 W8 L4 T3
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