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Orlando City SC vs. Houston Dynamo | 2018 MLS Match Preview

Orlando City SC vs. Houston Dynamo
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 30

Orlando City Stadium — Orlando
Sept. 22 — 7:30 pm ET
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Fresh off a big win over the Portland Timbers, the Houston Dynamo seek consecutive wins for the first time since late May when they take on an Orlando City SC side that has won just once in their last 19 games.

While the Dynamo snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 4-1 home win over the Timbers, the Lions dropped a 4-0 decision to the Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon.

Orlando City SC

Orlando (7-18-3) is coming off back-to-back shutout defeats, including falling to the Chicago Fire, 4-0, Sunday at Toyota Park.

Nemanja Nikolic scored the first of his two goals three minutes after kickoff and Aleksandar Katai doubled the lead just before the half hour mark. Michael de Leeuw made it 3-0 in the 56th minute and Nikolic added his second 20 minutes from full time.

“There are individuals that I think are trying,” James O’Connor said. “I think there are other individuals that maybe believe that they’re trying, but I think overall, when you look at the commitment today, I think it leaves you with a lot of questions asking around the level of commitment, the level of motivation and the character of individuals.” 

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Sacha Kljestan, F - Dom Dwyer
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: GK - Mason Stajduhar (Localized Ewing Sarcoma), D - Chris Schuler (groin injury); QUESTIONABLE: D - Lamine Sane (quad injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Joe Bendik — Scott Sutter, Shane O’Neill, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Ascues — Uri Rosell, Yoshi Yotun — Josue Colman, Sacha Kljestan, Mohamed El-Munir — Dom Dwyer

Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo (8-13-7) gave Wilmer Cabrera a perfect birthday present, beating the Portland Timbers, 4-1, Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

After falling behind on an Alejandro Fuenmayor own goal in the 9th minute, Alberth Elis leveled in the 32nd minute and then set up Mauro Manotas for the first of consecutive goals seven minutes later. Manotas got his brace in the 71st minute and Fuenmayor struck 10 minutes later.

“The best gift to see, not just winning, but to see your players going on the field and giving 100 percent — that’s the best gift that we can have,” Cabrera said. “And that’s something that I’m proud of. We’ve been going through a lot of difficulties, no doubt about it, but this team, I believe in this team. I believe in the players. And today they showed that they believe in themselves.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Boniek Garcia, M - Adam Lundqvist, M - Darwin Ceren
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - A.J. DeLaGarza (torn left ACL), F - Mac Steeves

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3, right to left)
GK: Joe Willis — Andrew Wenger, Jared Watts, Alejandro Fuenmayor, DaMarcus Beasley — Tomas Martinez, Eric Alexander, Boniek Garcia — Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas, Romell Quioto

All-Time Series

Officials

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Corey Parker
4th Official: Sorin Stoica
VAR: Younes Marrakchi

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Orlando
Houston

Season Stats

Orlando City SCHouston Dynamo
28Games Played28
7Wins8
18Losses13
3Draws7
40Goals47
66Goals Conceded43
287Shots310
133Shots on Target153
296Fouls committed345
332Fouls suffered273
64Offside40
150Corners151

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
ORL87751401.4
HOU68743471.7
01234+Avg
ORL252411.8
HOU252332.1
01234+Avg
ORL625101.1
HOU435101.2

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
ORL151165662.4
HOU491221431.5
01234+Avg
ORL039201.9
HOU365101.3
01234+Avg
ORL122452.8
HOU137111.8
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