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MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids

Orlando City vs Colorado Rapids Preview and Prediction

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Citrus Bowl – Wednesday, June 24 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: Orlando City 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Columbus Crew 14/5

Match Preview

Orlando City host Colorado Rapids in their midweek clash with the home side heading into the tie off the back of a defeat.

Head coach Adrian Heath can be pleased with his side and their performances have seen them rise to a respectable third place in the Eastern Conference. Their loss last weekend to Montreal Impact was their first defeat in five outings and they need to respond quickly.

Orlando are just four points behind New England Revolution, with a game in hand, and will be hoping they can continue to apply the pressure to the two sides above them as they look on track to make the playoffs in their first ever season.

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This is a game Orlando will be expecting to win but they cannot afford any complacency, despite being in a far better position than their opponents.

Colorado Rapids have had a dismal season so far and sit bottom of the Western Conference as a result. They have won just two games, the least of any side in Major League Soccer.

Pablo Mastroeni will be willing his side to put together a run of form but knows they will be up against it in this tie away from home.

The Rapids have won just once in their last ten outings and things aren’t looking any easier, with some difficult games approaching. On the bright side in those last ten they have picked up six draws, and so things could be worse.

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Team News

Orlando City are set to be without three players as Kevin Molino, Martin Paterson and Tony Cascio are sidelined. Brek Shea is one booking away from a suspension.

Colorado Rapids could be without three players as Axel Sjoberg and Juan Ramirez are out and Vicente Sanchez is a doubt. Sam Cronin and Bobby Burling are both one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Orlando City’s last five: D/D/W/W/L

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/L/L/D/D

Key Stat: Colorado have failed to win in 27 of their last 29 MLS games. 

Key Player: Kaka – The Brazilian playmaker has been brilliant for Orlando this season and has netted seven goals so far this campaign. His performances are vital to the side.

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Score Prediction

Orlando City 2-1 Colorado Rapids – A win which most would predict with Orlando heaping more misery on Colorado as they look to remain third in the Eastern Conference.

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About Lewis Addley (632 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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