Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City SC vs. FC Dallas
Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, July 11 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando City 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – FC Dallas 19/10
Orlando are back on home soil after their 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake last weekend, which has seen them draw on level points with Columbus Crew and New England Revolution. However the Lions have played two games less than their Eastern Conference opponents.
Although they sit third in the Eastern, the teams are split by fine margins, with second to seventh place separated by just four points.
Adrian Heath was under enormous pressure to turn things around, and three wins in their last five outings has seen his side on the up.Embed from Getty Images
Top scorer Kaka, will miss the game due to suspension after his red card last weekend. While second top scorer Cyle Larin is in Gold Cup action with Canada. Leaving Orlando light in front of goal.
FC Dallas play away from home for the sixth time in eight matches but bounced back after their impressive 3-0 rout over New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium last weekend.
Like Orlando, FC Dallas’ top scorer Blas Perez is unavailable as he is on International duty with Panama in the Gold Cup.
FC Dallas’ away form is something that does need to be addressed, in eight games on the road they have won just twice and lost six, which been their achilles heel.
Dallas will be hoping to capitalise on the fact Larin and Kaka are missing for Orlando and take all three points.Embed from Getty Images
Plenty of absentees from both teams due to Gold Cup commitments, Orlando City have Cyle Larin and Darwin Ceren away. Injuries to Kevin Molino (ACL), Martin Paterson (knee), Tony Cascio (back) Aurelien Collin (hamstring) and Brek Shea (groin) weaken the squad. Kaka’s suspension doesn’t make things any easier.
FC Dallas are without five players away on international duty; Tesho Akindele, Kyle Bekker, Moises Hernandez, Je-Vaughn Watson and Blas Pérez. They have no injury concerns.
Orlando City last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/D
FC Dallas last five in MLS: D/L/D/W/W
Key Stat: Leaky – The two sides they have conceded forty five goals between them this season.
Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Columbian has seven goals this season and five assists. He is Dallas’ leading scorer in the absence of Perez and he could take advantage of Orlando’s weakened squad.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City 0-1 FC Dallas – A tight affair between the two, but the one goal could sneak it especially with both teams light due to injuries and international commitments.