Welcome to your match thread for tonight's match-up between Orlando City (7-6-5, 26 points) and Real Salt Lake (5-11-2, 17 points) at Rio Tinto Stadium. It’s the only meeting of the season between these two teams from opposite conferences.
The Lions are 0-0-2 against RSL in the series since the club joined MLS. The Lions drew 1-1 on the road in 2015 while down to 10 men after Kaká was sent off at the end of the first half. The captain opened the scoring and Seb Hines nearly doubled the lead but his header was tapped off the bar by goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Sebastian Jaime found the equalizer in the 28th.
Last year, of course, was the frantic rally on opening day, with Cyle Larin and Adrian Winter pulling City level in a 2-2 draw at the Citrus Bowl. Joao Plata scored both RSL goals, one from the penalty spot, and RSL led 2-0 despite going down a man for 25 minutes, prior to Chris Penso evening things out by sending off Darwin Ceren.
Orlando is 1-5-2 on the road after a 4-0 drubbing in Chicago on Saturday. Meanwhile, Real Salt Lake is 4-3-0 at home this season, winning its last three home matches. RSL last played Saturday, in a 2-1 road loss at San Jose.
Cyle Larin has been cleared to return by the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH). Carlos Rivas (ankle) was injured in Chicago and is listed as day-to-day. For Real Salt Lake, forward Chad Barrett (knee surgery) and midfielder Jordan Allen (knee) are out, while defenders Tony Beltran (back) and Demar Phillips (hamstring), and midfielder Sunny (hamstring) are questionable.
Here's your mandatory match content for tonight:
- Gavin Ewbank has your match preview and prediction.
- Our Intelligence Report gives us more about the Royals from Matt Montgomery of SB Nation’s RSL blog, RSL Soapbox.
- This week's PawedCast includes our key match-ups and more predictions, plus we found out more about RSL in our conversation with Matt Montgomery.
Orlando City (4-4-2)
Goalkeeper: Joe Bendik.
Defenders: Donny Toia, Jonathan Spector, Jose Aja, Scott Sutter.
Midfielders: Kaká, Antonio Nocerino, Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson.
Forwards: Cyle Larin, Giles Barnes.
Bench: Josh Saunders, Rafael Ramos, Tommy Redding, Servando Carrasco, Luis Gil, Richie Laryea, Hadji Barry.
Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando.
Defenders: Chris Wingert, Justen Glad, David Horst,Danny Acosta.
Defensive Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman, Sunny.
Forwards: Luis Silva.
Ref: Robert Sibiga.
AR1: Mike Rottersman.
AR2: Jonathan Johnson.
4th: Nima Saghafi.
How to Watch
Match Time: 9:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, UT.
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes.
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Nueva 990 (Spanish), SiriusXM FC, ESPN Deportes Radio.
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