Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs DC United
Venue: Citrus Bowl – Friday, April 3 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Saturday, April 4)
Match Odds: Orlando City 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – DC United 11/5
Orlando have definitely made their mark on MLS so far this season and most notably their star signing Kaka has stolen all of the headlines.Embed from Getty Images
With Kaka being a doubt, there is a chance he may not play and it will be interesting to see if Adrian Heath’s side can cope without their talisman.
Orlando City’s record in MLS 2015: P4 – W1 – D2 – L1
DC United have had an indifferent start to 2015 having managed to win both home games and lose the one away game.
They are seemingly lacking a creative spark in the final third but are still managing to grind out results. And with only a few weeks left on the Espindola ban, you can’t help but feel that DC will be a force once again this season.
DC United’s record in MLS 2015: P3 – W2 – D0 – L1
Orlando City’s Tally Hall and Martin Paterson remain sidelined. Christian Higuita, Carlos Rivas, Lewis Neal, Tony Cascio and Kaka are all doubts for this one but are expected to be pushing to start if they can. Brek Shea and Rafeal Ramos are expected to start after returning from international duty.
DC United’s Fabian Espindola is still serving his six-game ban. Eddie Johnson and Markus Halsti remain out, while Steve Birnbaum suffered a sprained ankle against LA Galaxy and will miss the next 4-6 weeks, so Kofi Opare is expected to come in. Luis Silva remains doubtful, while Chris Pontius and Jairo Arrieta are set to continue up front.
Orlando City’s form: D/W/L/D
DC United’s form: W/L/W
Key Stat: Orlando City are yet to win at home in MLS.
Key Player: Kevin Molino – The midfielder is back from international duty with Trinidad and Tobago and should be as threatening as ever. His pace could prove the difference in this clash.
Orlando City 1–1 DC United – DC United haven’t won on the road this season, while Orlando are yet to win at home, so everything is pointing towards a draw, although we can expect a couple of goals.