Orlando City SC vs. Sporting Kansas City | MLS Match Preview
ORLANDO CITY SC vs SPORTING KANSAS CITY
ORLANDO CITRUS BOWL, Orlando, Fla.
September 13, 2015 (WEEK 28, MLS Game #283)
7 p.m. ET (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
Orlando City SC and Sporting Kansas City will meet for the first time in the clubs’ MLS history when they face off at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday afternoon before a FS1 audience. Orlando City return home riding a six-game winless run, extended in a 3-0 loss at the New England Revolution last weekend which left them two points behind sixth place and the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Sporting remain on the road following a scoreless draw at the Portland Timbers at midweek which extended their winless run to four games, now one of three teams tied for the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
- Orlando City had their winless streak extended to six matches with a fourth attacking shutout in that time, falling 3-0 at the New England Revolution on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. An Orlando City player still has not scored a goal in the last 533 minutes (their lone tally in that time came through an own goal).
- Dom Dwyer scored his ninth goal of the season – now tied for 12th place in the MLS Golden Boot standings – in SKC’s 2-1 loss at Colorado on Aug. 29. It was the second consecutive game where Sporting lost after scoring first – they had not been defeated in their first 11 games this season after netting first (8-0-3).
- The teams are meeting for the first time ever.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Peter Balciunas; AR2 (opposite): Mark Cahen; 4th: Ted Unkel
MLS Career: 190 games; FC/gm: 23.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 36; pens: 55
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: ORL: Luke Boden, Darwin Ceren, Cristian Higuita … KC: Benny Feilhaber,Paulo Nagamura
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: ORL: Kevin Molino, Brek Shea, Rafael Ramos, Seb Hines, Kaká, Servando Carrasco ... KC: Roger Espinoza, Soni Mustivar, Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis, Dom Dwyer
DISABLED LIST: ORL: Kevin Molino (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME: First meeting.
- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- Coaches record: Adrian Heath vs. KC: first game … Peter Vermes vs. ORL: first game