2019-07-03-ORL-PHI

Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 18
Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union
 Exploria Stadium — Orlando
July 3 - 7:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada

Two Eastern Conference foes coming off vastly different results on the weekend square off Wednesday night for the first of two meetings this week when Orlando City SC host the Philadelphia Union at Exploria Stadium.

Orlando City SC (6-8-3) moved to within two points of the playoff line in the East with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday. Chris Mueller opened the scoring four minutes from halftime and Tesho Akindele put the game away in the 66th minute as the Lions bounced back from a 1-0 midweek loss to D.C. United. 

The Union had a four-match unbeaten streak snapped in the Bronx Saturday night, losing to NYCFC, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium. Fafa Picault and Kacper Przybylko gave the visitors a pair of leads inside the opening 30 minutes on a pair of assists from Jamiro Monteiro. But the Cityzens scored three unanswered goals after the break to pull away with the win. 

Orlando City SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Cristian Higuita (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Joao Moutinho (D) - quad injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Robin Jansson (D)
  • International duty:  None

Philadelphia Union

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Warren Creavalle (M) - right foot fracture
    • OUT: Olivier Mbaizo (D) - (left knee meniscus/LCL sprain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Ilsinho (M) - left adductor strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Michee Ngalina (F) - lower body injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Jack Elliott (D), Alejandro Bedoya (M)
  • International duty:  Andre Blake (GK)

Series Matchup at Orlando City SC

  • Orlando City SC: 1 win, 6 goals
  • Union: 0 wins, 5 goals
  • 3 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Christopher Penso
  • Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Mike Rottersman
  • 4th Official: Elvis Osmanovic
  • VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

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