Welcome to your match thread for tonight’s meeting between Orlando City (2-3-5, 11 points) and Montreal Impact (4-3-4, 16 points). This is the first of three scheduled meetings in 2016 between the clubs, with the Lions traveling to Canada on Sept. 7 and the Impact returning to Central Florida on Oct. 2.
Orlando and Montreal also met three times in 2015, splitting the series, 1-1-1. The first match-up came in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium with many players away on international duty in a 2-2 draw on March 14. Despite falling behind 2-0 on early goals from Ignacio Piatti (pen.) and Jack McInerney, the Lions rallied with goals from Kaká and Pedro Ribeiro. The Impact won 2-0 at Stade Saputo to snap Orlando’s five-game unbeaten streak on June 20, with the Lions coming off a midweek U.S. Open Cup tie at Charleston. Donny Toia and Dominic Oduro scored for Montreal.
The Lions won the third meeting, 2-1 at home on Oct. 3, with goals from Cyle Larin and Seb Hines, offsetting an Oduro goal, which he kicked out of goalkeeper Tally Hall’s hands. Hines’ dramatic game-winning goal came in the 80th minute off the volley. That win pulled Orlando City within a point of Montreal at the time and kept its playoff hopes alive for another week.
Hines has been nursing a knee injury but he was back in training this week, as was Brek Shea, who picked up a slight knock at Kansas City. Midfielder Darwin Ceren is out with a high ankle sprain but his midfield partner Cristian Higuita returns from a red card suspension. Montreal star striker Didier Drogba has a hip injury and is out, as is defender Donny Toia.
Here is your mandatory content to prepare you for today's match:
- Austin Siegel's got your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about the Montreal Impact from SB Nation's blog Mount Royal Soccer.
- This week's PawedCast has our key match-ups and more predictions (plus, our exclusive interview with Orlando Pride’s Jasmyne Spencer).
- Our staff roundtable takes a critical look at today's match and recaps the SKC game.
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Adrian Heath says there will be some lineup changes this week. We’re not sure exactly what he has in mind but we’ll project this and change it when the official lineups are released. I'll project Hines to start on the bench due to coming back from a knee injury but if he's deemed fully fit he very well could start.
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defensive Midfielders: Servando Carrasco, Cristian Higuita.
Forward: Cyle Larin.
Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Evan Bush.
Defensive Midfielders: Marco Donadel, Kyle Bekker.
Forwards: Dominic Oduro,
Ref: Mark Geiger.
AR1: James Conlee.
AR2: Kevin Klinger.
4th: Marcos DeOliveira.
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET).
Venue: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL
TV: TV27 (available locally only).
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 (Spanish), SiriusXM FC.
Streaming: MLS Live.
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