The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 4, three days before they’ll host USL Championship side Sacramento Republic FC for the national tournament’s championship honor and a 2023 Concacaf Champions League spot.
The shift leaves Orlando last playing a league match on Aug. 31 when hosting Seattle Sounders FC, then having a week off before their highly-anticipated match at Exploria Stadium.
To reach this year’s US Open Cup final and get hosting rights, Orlando resoundingly beat the New York Red Bulls by a 5-1 scoreline in the semifinals.
With the schedule change, Orlando now have a three-match week through Decision Day, after which the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs get underway. Those contests are as follows:
The Lions, seeking a third straight playoff trip, are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings through Week 25 with nine games to go (33 points; 9W-10L-6L record). They’re yet to lift a trophy since joining the league in 2015, though made the MLS is Back Tournament final in 2020.