Orlando City vs New England Revolution: preview, how to watch, TV info, live stream, line-ups, match feed & more
Welcome to your game feed for a Saturday Night game between Orlando City and the New England Revolution (7:30 p.m., FOX 35 Plus). This is the second of two scheduled meetings between the two MLS Eastern Conference rivals this season and the only one at Exploria Stadium.
Here’s what you need to know for the game.
The Lions are 2-5-7 in the regular-season all-time series against New England and 3-6-7 in all competitions. At home, Orlando City are 2-0-5 against the Revs in regular season games and 3-1-5 in all competitions, with a US Open Cup win and a playoff loss of the MLS Cup included in this latter total.
The last time the teams met was on June 15 at Gillette Stadium, where the Revs took the lead on a Carles Gil goal, but the Lions pulled it off with a Robin Jansson strike en route to a 1-1 draw on the road.
In the last meeting in Orlando, the Lions took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Nani and Daryl Dike, but two late goals from Adam Buksa allowed the Revs to steal a point in a tie 2 -2 at Exploria Stadium on October 24. 2021. The teams met at Gillette Stadium just over a month before that tie in Orlando, with Nani’s missed penalty costly in a 2-1 Revs home win. The Revolution took a 2-0 lead on a goal from Buksa and an own goal from Rodrigo Schlegel, in which the referee was quite lenient with the treatment of the Orlando defender’s big designated player in the run-up to the center of Tajon Buchanan. . Dike pulled one back for the Lions and won a penalty, but Nani’s attempt to go down the middle was read at the last second by Matt Turner, who put on his shoulder to retain the lead. Orlando played well in this game but wasn’t clinical enough with their chances.
New England ended the Lions’ season at Exploria Stadium in the 2020 playoffs, knocking Orlando City out of the MLS Cup in the conference semi-final on Nov. 29, 2020. That Revs 3-1 win at Exploria Stadium was the first road win for either side in the all-time series in any competition. Gil set the Revs up early from the penalty spot after an appeal against Uri Rosell and Gustavo Bou doubled the lead eight minutes later, ending a game that began with a turnover from Nani which the captain said would have had to be called a fault. Junior Urso pulled one back before the half-time whistle but Mauricio Pereyra was sent off for a stud challenge on Matt Polster on the hour mark. Still, Nani had a chance to equalize from the spot , but a bad penalty was saved by Turner. Bou added a late insurance goal.
In the pre-pandemic era, the teams met at Exploria Stadium on September 14, 2019, with the Lions overcoming an own goal from Tesho Akindele and two deficits – the second by two goals – and rallying for a draw 3 -3. Akindele’s own goal opened the scoring after 15 minutes, but Nani tied the game in the 22nd minute. Cristian Penilla and Bou scored five minutes apart just before half-time to seemingly give the visitors control. But Dom Dwyer pulled one back after the restart and Nani equalized in the 54th minute.
The teams also met at Gillette Stadium in 2019 on July 27, and the Revs put the Lions down, 4-1. Bou scored within the first two minutes of the game and the Revolution got more goals from Penilla, Gil and Diego Fagundez. Akindele withdrew one to avoid the shutout.
The teams met at Exploria Stadium in the US Open Cup on June 19, 2019, with the Lions scoring twice in 30 minutes of extra time and holding on for a 2-1 victory. Benji Michel and Akindele gave Orlando a 2-0 lead before Justin Rennicks pulled back a cross from Gil. City got to see the game out.
The last meeting of 2018 saw the Revs top a depleted Orlando side, 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on October 13. Penilla and Fagundez provided the attack. In the first game of 2018, the teams combined for six goals in a 3-3 draw at Orlando City Stadium on August 4. Orlando struggled from a 2-0 deficit after Juan Agudelo and Penilla found the net. Dwyer pulled one back and Amro Tarek scored his first MLS goal to even things up. Teal Bunbury restored the Revolution’s lead, but Scott Sutter brought home a set piece delivery from Yoshimar Yotún in the 93rd to salvage a point for the Lions.
City completed a 6-1 demolition of New England at 10 at home on 27 September 2017. Kaká netted a brace, with Dwyer scoring his first home goal as MLS Lion and Yotún and Antonio Nocerino each scoring their first ever goal with OCSC. Seb Hines also scored for Orlando and Lee Nguyen got the Revs’ lone tally from a free kick. New England won at Gillette Stadium that year by a 4-0 count and it could have been worse. Kei Kamara had a hat trick and Bunbury also scored, with Nguyen assisting on all four to level an MLS record. Jose Aja was sent off after receiving two yellow cards.
Orlando beat the Revs at home on Jason Kreis’ debut as Lions manager on July 31, 2016, as Kevin Molino scored a brace for City in a 3-1 win. Cyle Larin also scored to more than make up for Kamara’s strike. The teams have also drawn 2-2 twice in 2016 (and three times in the first four meetings), starting with the bizarre affair in Orlando on April 17, 2016, in which the teams reached a controversial final score of 2-2. He was leveled by a very late penalty from Nguyen for a handball into the box on Servando Carrasco, who did not touch him with any part of his hand or arm. Kaká opened the scoring with a penalty and Molino scored in the 92nd minute. Between these two goals, Bunbury scored from a corner which should have been considered a goal kick. The second meeting of 2016 reached the same final score on April 30 in New England.
The teams met twice in 2015, with Orlando City rebounding from a 2-0 deficit in the final 17 minutes to draw 2-2 (there’s still that scoreline) at the Citrus Bowl in april. Larin and Aurélien Collin provided the goals for the Lions. The September 5 rematch at Gillette Stadium didn’t go as well, with New England picking up a 3-0 win. Fagundez, Agudelo and Chris Tierney scored for the Revolution.
Orlando City is having its first normal week in more than a month, having last played Sunday at DC. That match ended in a devastating 2-1 loss after Urso put the Lions ahead and Orlando’s Benji Michel and Alexandre Pato lost the first half. guards. Chris Durkin and Taxiarchis Fountas struck in stoppage time to steal the three points. It will be interesting to see how the Lions react to this performance.
The Lions return home where they are just 5-6-0 this season in the league, with an 8-6-2 record in all competitions. MLS’ last home game was the controversial 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, which might not be too bad considering how Philly has been beating teams lately. The team’s most recent home outing of any kind was the enjoyable 5-1 destruction of the New York Red Bulls in USOC action on July 27.
Beware of Rev. They go on a six-game losing streak (0-2-4) and are coming off back-to-back home draws against Toronto and Columbus. In fact, three of New England’s six results in that span have been 0-0 draws. The Revolution are 2-5-4 away from Gillette Stadium this season, including 0-2-2 in their last four road games.
While Buksa’s sale to RC Lens in Ligue 1 may be cause for celebration for Orlando City fans, Bou went nowhere and the Revs added Designated Player Giacomo Vrioni as the striker. Gil pulls the strings for New England as usual and has four goals and 11 assists this year. Cesar Araujo and anyone who links up with him in central midfield will have to try to deny him the ball and shut it down quickly when he gets it. The Lions will also need to be aware of New England full-backs. Brandon Bye and DeJuan Jones have combined three goals and 10 assists in 2022. Goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic is also emerging as a star player for the Revs.
“It’s another important week and another important game with a tight seeding,” head coach Oscar Pareja said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday. “Certainly we have to recognize the importance of the moment to make up the points. Playing against a rival that we played not long ago at their home in New England with a good performance. We always go in with the motivation to get three points and be urgent.
Orlando City will be without midfielder Joey DeZart (knee), who underwent surgery this week, but everyone is off the availability report ahead of this game. New England will be without Jon Bell (head) and Jacob Jackson (ACL), while Bou (leg) is listed as questionable.
Mandatory correspondence content
City of Orlando (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Pedro Gallese.
Defenders: Joao Moutinho, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Ruan.
Defensive midfielders: Cesar Araujo, Mauricio Pereyra.
Attacking midfielders: Junior Urso, Alexandre Pato, Facundo Torres.
Forwards: Ercan Kara.
New England Revolution (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Djorje Petrovic.
Defenders: By Juan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye.
Defensive midfielders: Wilfrid Kaptoum, Matt Polster.
Attacking midfielders: Dylan Borrero, Carles Gil, Arnor Traustason.
Forward: Giacomo Vrioni.
Ref: Ramy Touchan.
AR1: Felisha Mariscal.
AR2: Brian Poeschel.
4th: Jeremy Scheer.
VAR: Alejandro Mariscal.
AVA: TJ Zablocki.
How to watch
Game time: 7:30 a.m. pm ET.
Venue: Exploria Stadium—Orlando.
TV: FOX 35 Plus (local only).
Radio: FM 96.9 The Game (English), Accion 97.9, 810 AM (Spanish).
Diffusion: The game can be streamed on ESPN+ (out-of-market only) and the LionNation app (in-market only).
Enjoy the game. Go City!
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