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New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC | MLS Match Preview

NEW YORK CITY FC VS. ORLANDO CITY SC
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
MAY 29, 2016 (WEEK 13, MLS GAME #132)
4:30 pm ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes MLS LIVE)

The expansion class of 2015 meets for a second time this season in a key match for both clubs, when New York City FC play host to Orlando City SC on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium before an ESPN audience. NYCFC saw their five-game undefeated run put to an end in stunning circumstances last weekend, the New York Red Bulls putting up an MLS record-equaling 7-0 victory in the Bronx. Orlando City hit the road after maintaining their long undefeated streak at home, gaining a 2-2 draw with Philadelphia Union at midweek at Camping World Stadium.

  • Kaká recorded two assists for the second time this season and third game in his MLS career – all over his last 11 league appearances – in setting up both goals in Orlando City’s 2-1 win against the Montréal Impact at Camping World Stadium.
  • NYCFC became the fourth team in MLS history to concede seven goals or more in a game, their 7-0 defeat by the New York Red Bulls on Saturday afternoon matching the league’s all-time record for largest margin of victory in a single game.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Cyle Larin netted the game’s lone goal after seven minutes and Orlando City held out the rest of the way for a victory March 18 at Yankee Stadium, the first road win in the four all-time meetings between the expansion class of 2015.
  • The teams met three times in the inaugural season for both. In the first meeting between a pair of expansion clubs to open their MLS histories, the teams reached a 1-1 draw March 8 at the Citrus Bowl. Each team then won on its home ground, New York City FC taking a 5-3 win July 26 at Yankee Stadium, and Orlando City returning the favor with a 2-1 win Oct. 16 in Orlando.

REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. AR1 (bench): Jeff Muschik; AR2 (opposite): Claudiu Badea; 4th: Rubiel Vazquez
MLS Career: 131 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 40; pens: 32

SUSPENDED: ORL: Cristian Higuita (caution accumulation; through May 29); David Mateos (through May 29)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NYC: Mikey Lopez … ORL: Carlos Rivas
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NYC: Federico Bravo … ORL: Brek Shea, Seb Hines
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NYC: Ronald Matarrita (Costa Rica; vs. Venezuela 5/27) … ORL: Kaká (Brazil; vs. Panama 5/29)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): NYCFC 1 win, 7 goals … Orlando City 2 wins, 7 goals … Ties 1
AT NYCFC (2 meetings): NYCFC 1 win, 5 goals … Orlando City 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 8/28: Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, 7 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Cyle Larin netted the game’s lone goal after seven minutes and Orlando City held out the rest of the way for a victory March 18 at Yankee Stadium, the first road win in the four all-time meetings between the expansion class of 2015.
  • The teams met three times in the inaugural season for both. In the first meeting between a pair of expansion clubs to open their MLS histories, the teams reached a 1-1 draw March 8 at the Citrus Bowl. Each team then won on its home ground, New York City FC taking a 5-3 win July 26 at Yankee Stadium, and Orlando City returning the favor with a 2-1 win Oct. 16 in Orlando.
  • Coaches record: Patrick Vieira vs. ORL: P1 W0 L1 T0 … Adrian Heath vs. NYC: P4 W2 L1 T1

LAST MEETING (MLS):
3/18: NYC 0, ORL 1 (Larin 7)

  • The game's lone goal came in the seventh minute header. Orlando City right back Rafael Ramos chased a long ball to the end line and chipped a looping cross in front of New York’s goal for Cyle Larin to nod home from close range.
  • Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik was called upon to make six saves for the shutout, but NYCFC's best chance was a spectacular one in the 68th minute when David Villa chested down a nifty Andrea Pirlo feed in the box and fired a bicycle kick that sailed just high.
  • NEW YORK CITY FC (3-2-4-1): Josh Saunders - Andoni Iraola, Jason Hernandez, Ronald Matarrita - Federico Bravo (Mehdi Ballouchy 64), Andrea Pirlo - Khiry Shelton (Steven Mendoza 46), Mix Diskerud, Thomas McNamara (Patrick Mullins 78), Tony Taylor - David Villa.
  • ORLANDO CITY SC (4-2-3-1): Joseph Bendik - Rafael Ramos, Tommy Redding, Seb Hines, Brek Shea - Darwin Ceren, Cristian Higuita - Adrian Winter (Carlos Rivas 70), Kevin Molino, Antonio Nocerino (Servando Carrasco 54) -  Cyle Larin (Pedro Ribeiro 55).

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