Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Orlando City SC
Venue: RFK Stadium – Wednesday, May 13th – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC 23/20 – Draw 9/4 – Orlando 5/2
DC have only lost once this season and are unbeaten in seven now. It speaks volumes of how good this DC side is as they haven’t hit their full potential yet but could go top of the Eastern Conference with at least a draw against Orlando.
Having won the reverse fixture last month with a last minute Luis Silva winner, DC are rightly favourites to record a third win in their last four.
And the bonus of having Fabian Espindola back in the mix should inject more goals into Ben Olsen’s side, although the front man is a minor doubt for this one as he is carrying a knock and is being monitored day-to-day.
DC United’s 2015 MLS record: P9 – W5 – D3 – L1
Orlando City have struggled with injuries this season and have inadvertently failed to gain any consistency thus far.
Having not registered a win at home this season, perhaps they have a greater chance playing DC away as Orlando have won both of their games away from the Citrus Bowl this term.
This will be a difficult task for the expansion franchise and much of their fate lies on how well Kaka plays. The Brazilian has not scored in three and needs to rediscover his form quickly.
Orlando City’s 2015 MLS record: P9 – W2 – D3 – L4
Both DC United and Orlando will play again at the weekend and so it will be important to try and pick up some extra points in this midweek clash.
DC United will be without Eddie Johnson and Collin Martin. Andrew Dykstra, Steve Birnbaum and Markus Halsti are all on their way back from injury and could feature. Fabian Espindola is day-to-day but should be fit in time for kickoff. Ben Olsen may reshuffle his side ahead of a busy period for the club.
Orlando City have several injury concerns as Tally Hall, Pedro Ribeiro, Martin Paterson, Kevin Molino, Lewis Neal and Tony Cascio are all out. Cyle Larin is set to continue as the lone striker after scoring his second of the campaign on Friday night against New England Revolution.
DC United’s last five: D/D/W/W/D
Orlando City’s last five: L/W/L/L/D
Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 14 home matches in MLS.
Key Player: Kaka – If Orlando is to make a game of this, Kaka will be the key to their attacking prowess. He always has the potential for brilliance and will look to show it in front of a nationwide audience.
DC United 2-1 Orlando City – Expecting an entertaining encounter between two sides looking for a win. DC have looked solid and are unlikely to lose this one, while Orlando’s determination for a win could see them caught out on the counter-attack.