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Orlando City vs. Austin FC: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Match Thread, and More

The shorthanded Lions are still hunting for their first win of the 2024 regular season.

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Welcome to your match preview and live thread for a Saturday night matchup between Orlando City (0-3-1, 1 point) and Austin FC (0-1-3, 3 points) at Inter&Co Stadium (7:30 p.m., MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+). This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the match.

History

There is very little history between these two clubs, as they have only met once previously, and tonight will mark the first meeting in Orlando. The lone meeting came on May 22, 2022 in Austin, when the teams drew 2-2. The Lions built a 2-0 lead on goals by Ercan Kara and Ruan, and appeared set to take the first meeting between the teams. However, things spun out of control in the second half. Rodrigo Schlegel was booked twice for handball within a matter of seconds. His first set up a set piece, and the subsequent delivery hit him in the area. Although his arm didn’t appear to be in an unnatural position, match referee Joe Dickerson awarded a penalty and gave the Argentine a second yellow card, reducing Orlando to 10 players. Sebastian Driussi pulled the hosts within a goal on the ensuing spot kick.

Dickerson (properly, this time) sent off Cesar Araujo, reducing the Lions to just nine players. Still, Orlando was moments away from victory when Dickerson made another error that helped the hosts. A seemingly obvious goal kick was instead given as a corner and Moussa Djitte scored off that set piece in the 95th minute to limt Orlando’s point haul to just one in their first trip to Austin.

Match Overview

Orlando City enters this match still looking for its first win of the season. The Lions are 0-1-1 at home and are coming off a 2-0 loss Sunday at Atlanta United. Orlando has failed to score in three of its four matches this season and only Duncan McGuire, who is unavailable tonight due to international duty (more on that later), has a regular-season goal in 2024. The Lions have given up a whopping 10 goals through four matches while scoring just twice. Things aren’t quite as bad at home (two goals for, three against).

Austin FC is also seeking its first win this season but has gotten three results — all draws — from four matches. The Texas club is coming off a 2-2 home draw against the Philadelphia Union last weekend. Tonight’s match will be just the second away game for Austin, which is 0-0-1 after a scoreless draw at Seattle on the second matchday of the season. Austin has scored five goals and surrendered six on the season.

One of the biggest things Orlando needs to do is overcome its personnel issues. While Austin has a few players out, the Lions will be without several players who are away on international duty, including the following starters: striker Duncan McGuire (U.S. U-23s), winger Facundo Torres (Uruguay), goalkeeper Pedro Gallese (Peru), central midfielder Wilder Cartagena (Peru), defender David Brekalo (Slovenia). Reserves Abdi Salim (Somalia) and Favian Loyola (U.S. U-19s) are also missing.

“We had a chance to have a couple extra days to add into our trainings and it’s healthier,” Orlando City Head Coach Oscar Pareja said. “I hope that we can use that obviously to get a result that is very necessary, but most importantly, at this time as well, is that we can gel together, and then we can add time in training and games with players that add to our roster. We’re good and we’re taking advantage of this time during the week.”

In addition to their international absences, Orlando City lists Cesar Araujo (ankle) and Ramiro Enrique (ankle) as questionable. With Austin’s availability report not up to date on the MLS website and not listed at all in the team’s game notes, we’ll defer to our Intelligence Report this week.

Julio Cascante and Dani Pereira were called up for international duty, which makes the back line a little thinner than we feared they might be with injuries to both Leo Vaisanen (plantar fasciitis) and Zan Kolmanic (hamstring).

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Official Lineups

Orlando City (4-4-2)

Goalkeeper: Mason Stajduhar.

Defenders: Rafael Santos, Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Dagur Dan Thorhallsson.

Midfielders: Ivan Angulo, Nico Lodeiro, Kyle Smith, Martin Ojeda.

Forward: Luis Muriel, Jack Lynn.

Bench: Javier Otero, Alex Freeman, Michael Halliday, Thomas Williams, Jeorgio Kocevski, Felipe, Wilfredo Rivera, Shak Mohammed.

Austin FC (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Brad Stuver.

Defenders: Guilherme Biro, Matt Hedges, Brendan Hines-Ike, Jon Gallagher.

Defensive Midfielders: Jhojan Valencia, Alex Ring.

Attacking Midfielders: Ethan Finlay, Sebastian Driussi, Jader Obrian.

Forward: Diego Rubio.

Bench: Stefan Cleveland, Jimmy Farkarlun, Antonio Gomez, Hector Jimenez, Emiliano Rigoni, Owen Wolff, Gyasi Zardes.

Referees

REF: Esteban Rosano.
AR1: Alexander Arita.
AR2: Diego Armando Parra.
4TH: Jonathan Weiner.
VAR: Alan Kelly.
AVAR: TBA.


How to Watch

Match Time: 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Inter&Co Stadium — Orlando.

TV/Live Stream: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+.

Radio:  Real Radio 104.1 FM (English), Mega 97.1 FM (Spanish).

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


Enjoy the match. Go City!

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Orlando City vs. Columbus Crew: Three Keys to Victory

What does Orlando City need to do to earn all three points at home against the Crew?

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Orlando City earned seven points during a three-match stretch over eight days. Now the Lions will look to keep things rolling against the Columbus Crew this Saturday night at Inter&Co Stadium. The Crew are currently sitting in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 21 points compared to Orlando City in 10th with 16 points.

What do the Lions need to do to get a victory at home against the Crew?

Switch Focus

Orlando City has lucked out because Columbus striker Cucho Hernández will not play, as he is nursing a back injury. Hernández has often been a thorn in Orlando’s side when the clubs play, so his absence is definitely good news. However, that doesn’t mean that the defense can relax. The Crew still have a potent attack with players like Diego Rossi, Jacen Russell-Rowe, Aidan Morris, and others. Columbus has scored 19 goals so far this season, which is four more than Orlando’s 15. I think it is likely that Oscar Pareja will stick with the 3-5-2 formation, meaning the pressure will be on the back three of David Brekalo, Wilder Cartagena, and Rodrigo Schlegel.

Goals Needed

Orlando City left it late against San Jose before Jack Lynn scored in the 89th minute to give the Lions a victory. That’s not to say there weren’t wasted chances — because there were — but it was enough that night. It likely won’t be enough against Columbus. We don’t know the status of Duncan McGuire’s injury as of this writing, but I would be surprised to see him in the lineup, let alone getting the start. That means we will likely see Jack Lynn alongside Luis Muriel up top. Lynn is no McGuire, but he is able to get into good spaces in the box and has a nose for goal. Another goal from him or Muriel could make a big difference.

Scheduling Factors

I’m not saying that Wilfried Nancy will be looking ahead to the Concacaf Champions Cup final against Pachuca the following week, but a trophy is a trophy, and it could impact who he plays and for how long. He might be keeping Hernández out for precautionary reasons to allow him time to be ready for the final. It’s possible that he risks points against Orlando City in pursuit of hardware. Pareja doesn’t have it any easier with Orlando City playing a midweek match at the Chicago Fire next Wednesday before heading to New Jersey for a match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, June 1. May has been brutal for the Lions, and though the team has made the most of it so far, it doesn’t get any easier. How much will rotation affect Orlando’s ability to get all three points?


That is what I will be looking for Saturday night. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Vamos Orlando!

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Lion Links: 5/23/24

Orlando Pride prepare for the Portland Thorns, Pride Brazilian trio called up, Atalanta wins Europa League, and more.

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How’s it going, Mane Landers? I hope this Thursday finds you well as we all get ready for a busy next few days of Orlando soccer to enjoy. It’s been a fairly busy couple of days for me, and I plan on knocking out a few errands before enjoying the upcoming matches. Until then, let’s enjoy today’s links!

Pride Prepare to Host the Portland Thorns

The Orlando Pride have a huge home game against the Portland Thorns tomorrow night. It will be a clash of win streaks, as the Pride have won their past seven games and the Thorns have won their last six. Pride Head Coach Seb Hines is well aware that Portland is a formidable foe with talented players such as Sophia Smith, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Sam Coffey. He spoke on how tomorrow will be a challenge, as well as how playing at home will give the Pride a boost during the game.

Pride Trio Called Up by Brazil

The Pride’s Marta, Rafaelle, and Adriana were all called up for Brazil’s pair of friendlies against Jamaica in Brazil on June 1 and June 4.

These matches will help Brazil prepare for a tough group in the Olympics against Spain, Japan, and Nigeria. Angelina, who featured for Brazil during the SheBelieves Cup, was not called up due to an injury sustained while with the Pride. Although these games will take place during an international break, the Pride do have a road game against the San Diego Wave on June 7, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Hines gives them some rest for that match.

Assessing Emma Hayes’ Time With Chelsea

It felt like forever ago that it was announced Chelsea’s Emma Hayes would leave the club to replace Vlatko Andonovski and coach the USWNT. A great article by ESPN broke down what USWNT fans can learn from her time with Chelsea, including how she’s dealt with the adversity she’s faced both on and off the field. Her impending exit put a spotlight on Chelsea’s season, and she still managed to secure the league title despite the pressure. Chelsea also announced that five members of the coaching staff will leave the club to join Hayes at the USWNT. It’s a new era for the USWNT, and Hayes brings plenty of experience and leadership to the position.

Atalanta Crushes Leverkusen to Win Europa League

Italian club Atalanta lifted the Europa League trophy after a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Dublin. The day belonged to Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman, who scored a hat trick that included this stunner that doubled Atalanta’s lead in the first half.

It’s Atalanta’s second trophy in club history, and first in 61 years. It’s also the first trophy for manager Gian Piero Gasperini after coaching in Italy for 30 years. This result snapped Leverkusen’s remarkable unbeaten streak at 51 games, and ended the club’s bid at a treble. Bayer Leverkusen will aim to bounce back Saturday when it plays FC Kaiserslautern in the German Cup final.

Free Kicks

  • Orlando City President of Business Operations Jarrod Dillon has issued a challenge to Orlando City fans for the upcoming trio of Orlando soccer home games, so it may be worth your while to get tickets for the Lions, Pride, and OCB this weekend.
  • Pride forward Amanda Allen placed 16th in ESPN‘s rankings of the 17 teenagers currently playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (the author deemed it unfair to assess Milly Clegg without seeing her on the field more). Allen mostly just hasn’t had much playing time, but that could change over the summer.
  • Former Pride player Camille Ashton (known as Cami Levin when she played in the Pride midfield in 2016 and 2017) has resigned as the general manager of the Kansas City Current.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday and rest of your week.

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Lion Links: 5/22/24

Lions and Pride reflect on victories, Christian Pulisic’s Serie A recognition, the USWNT roster drops, and more.

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Welcome to Wednesday, Mane Landers. I know that a lot of you are Orlando Pride supporters as well as Orlando City supporters, but for those of you who aren’t, you are really missing out. Superstar players, undefeated, top of the table, and this team hasn’t even played up to its potential yet. Seriously, you need to get out to a match if you can. For now, let’s get to the links.

Talking About Orlando City

You can tell Oscar Pareja loves his players. He is the type of coach that nearly always has only good things to say regardless of the result. Of course, when the club gets a win on the road in the third match in eight days, thanks to the fourth striker on the depth chart. Jack Lynn takes a professional approach to being the backup and prepares to play in every match. It’s also nice when he scores a match-winning goal.

So how did the MLSsoccer.com power rankings treat the Lions for the road victory? Orlando City moved up three spots to 19, thanks to earning seven points in the last three matches. That’s better than the ESPN rankings we shared yesterday. ESPN also had the Lions at 19 but dropped them a spot in doing so.

Seb and Sams Speak

The Orlando Pride have a chance this Friday to set an NWSL win streak record in the match against the Portland Thorns, but first Seb Hines, Rafaelle, and Emily Sams reflected on the win against the Seattle Reign. Hines was rightly happy with the result but said he still feels his team has room to improve. I agree with him, despite the Pride being on top of the table and undefeated.

Rafaelle felt the victory showed the team how much mental fortitude the Pride have to be able to secure the road win. She also thinks that being at home with a chance to break the win streak record will make the team work that much harder. Sams reflected on her first NWSL goal but said she just wants to focus on getting three points each match.

Pulisic and Wright Shine

Christian Pulisic’s year keeps getting better. He had such a a good season for AC Milan that he has been named a finalist for Serie A Midfielder of the Year. The other finalists are Inter Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu and Atalanta’s Teun Koopmeiners. Pulisic has 19 goal contributions in 35 appearances for AC Milan.

The USMNT’s pre-Copa America roster dropped Monday, and it looks like Haji Wright will potentially see some action at winger for Gregg Berhalter. The move provides some needed depth at the position and may give Wright more playing time. Of course, Wright and Pulisic aren’t the only players of interest. You can check out a breakdown of the players called up here.

Hayes’ First USWNT Roster Announced

The Olympics are rapidly approaching and new USWNT Head Coach Emma Hayes has announced the 23-player roster for the final two matches against South Korea before the final Olympic roster is named. There are a mix of veteran and younger players in the group. Notably, there are 19 players who won the SheBelieves Cup back in April. It also sees the return of Rose Lavelle, who missed the SheBelieves Cup due to injury. While not altogether surprising, it is still disappointing on one level for Pride fans that Emily Sams didn’t get a call-up.

Free Kicks

  • Congratulations to Orlando Pride midfielder Ally Lemos on her call-up to the USWNT U-20s for the matches against the Korea Republic.
  • Philadelphia Union keeper Andre Blake has reportedly signed a new longterm contract with the club.
  • The USMNT U-15 squad defeated Japan to take first place in the Vlatko Markovic Tournament. Congratulations to the young Yanks.
  • Bayer Leverkusen will play in two cup finals in four days, starting with today’s Europa League championship against Atalanta. The second final is for the German Cup this Saturday against Kaiserslautern.
  • Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea have parted ways after only one season. Potchettino’s departure was mutually agreed upon. The coaching carousel continues.
  • Emanuel Reynoso from Minnesota United is reportedly headed to Liga MX side Club Tijuana.

That will do it for today. Check back as we get you ready for the matches this weekend. Vamos Orlando!

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