U.S. Open Cup: Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew – How to Watch, Live Stream, Open Thread, Lineups and More



It’s U.S. Open Cup time! Orlando City hosts Columbus Crew SC tonight in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, looking for the first victory over the boys in yellow from Ohio this season. The Crew has a win and a draw in the season series in MLS play, with both teams playing a man down on the road for the vast majority of the game.

Is tonight the night we finish 11 vs. 11?

Orlando will be without rookie striker Cyle Larin, who has already departed for the Canadian Men’s National Team in preparation for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. El Salvador’s Darwin Ceren is still with the Lions and is available for selection tonight.

Still, City is a bit shorthanded due to injuries and the Larin call-up. In recent weeks, defenders Aurelien Collin (hamstring), Tyler Turner (leg) and Conor Donovan (elbow) have picked up knocks, although Turner may be close to a return. Striker Martin Paterson (knee) is still out, as well as midfielders Brek Shea (groin) and Tony Cascio (back).

Oh, and Bryan Rochez is having visa problems and has not yet returned from the U-20 World Cup.

So, Adrian Heath has little choice but to field a competitive team tonight and I expect, with a quarterfinals berth on the line, the Crew will do likewise, despite coming off a 2-2 draw at Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Will Orlando be able to get that elusive first win over Columbus and advance to the quarterfinals? Well find out in a couple of hours.

Projected Lineups:

Orlando City (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Tally Hall

Defenders: Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Seb Hines, Rafael Ramos

Defensive Midfielders: Darwin Ceren, Cristian Higuita

Attacking Midfielders: Carlos Rivas, Kaká, Eric Avila

Forward: Pedro Ribeiro

Bench: Donovan Ricketts, Tyler Turner, Tommy Redding, Amobi Okugo, Harrison Heath, Lewis Neal, Danny Mwanga

Columbus Crew (3-4-2-1)

Goalkeeper: Brad Stuver

Defenders: Chad Barson, Emanuel Pogatetz, Tyson Wahl

Defensive Midfielders: Chris Klute, Kevan George, Tony Tchani,Kristinn Steindorsson

Attacking Midfielders: Adam Bedell, Ben Speas

Forward: Aaron Schoenfeld

Bench: Matt Lampson, Sergio Campbell, Wil Trapp, Romain Gall, Mohammed Saied, Justin Meram, Ben Swanson

How to Watch:

Alas, this match is not televised, but it will be streamed live online (below!).

Match time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Venue: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL

TV: None, sorry.

Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English)

Streaming: YouTube and OrlandoCitySC.com.

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @TheManeLand, as well as Orlando City's official Twitter feed (@OrlandoCitySC).

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