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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Saturday September 5th, Orlando City SC make their 1st ever trip to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30, the weather is looking great and the temporary grass pitch is in place. The two clubs are coming into the match on very different vibes. New England on one hand is looking for a 4th straight win, is coming off a road victory and are undefeated in the last five. Meanwhile, expansion side Orlando City are win-less in their last five and are with several key players out. One might say OCSC are a caged animal though or that they have their backs to the wall here in Massachusetts. Despite the Revolution being without Jermaine Jones they will be expected to come away with the spoils. However, as is the case in sports at times, a wounded cornered animal can be a tricky beast to deal with.
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Last week the Rev’s went down to Philly and ate a cheese steak right off of the Unions plate, coming home with the 3 points. Tonight their hoping some clam chowder will power them past visiting Orlando City. Hungry Yet? The Rev’s are 7-1-5 at Gillette stadium, also known as ‘The Razor’ while their overall league record is 10-9-7. A record which has them at 37 points and in 5th place in the Eastern Conference. Diego Fagundez was the hero last week, scoring the game winner and also becoming the youngest player in Major League Soccer history to reach twenty-five goals scored (Player Info). Coach Jay Heaps will most likely stick with Diego on the wing for a 6th straight start. Another player we’re likely to see for New England is Charlie Davies, who leads the club in goals with nine so far and has started up top in the last eight games.
Orlando are currently in the final playoff spot in the East, (6th) with an overall record of 7-12-8 (29pts) and are 3-7-3 on the road. However, the problem is Montreal who are just one point behind but have four game at hand, making Orlando more of a passenger then a driver on this roller coaster playoff ride. If Orlando want to take the wheel they need to get points out of the 7 remaining matches on their schedule. Not only that but they’ll need a lifeline as well, a lifeline in the form of the Montreal Impact dropping points. The Impact with 11 games remaining are the safe bet to take 6th place but recently they’ve been obliging Orlando, losing the last three game and firing their head coach for example. Orlando have to improve to have a chance. Their goal differential, at -14 is the worst in the league right now and their road goal differential of -16 is second worst. Only Real Salt Lake have been poorer away from home. Today present an enormous challenge for the expansion club who are at a tough road venue, against a team who played in MLS Cup just last year and are without their two leading scorers (Larin/Kaka). Making matters worse, Orlando is also without the services of Ceren and Rivas as well. OCSC would love to be able to have a repeat performance of the 2-2 draw they had back on May 8th versus New England at the Citrus bowl. However, that is looking like a slim possibility at the moment for a depleted squad, who’s not in the best of form.
Ref=Geiger: 33 Reds and 44 PK’s in 141 games
YC watch-NE-Goncalves, Jones, Woodberry …ORL-Boden, Ceren
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