Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. New York Red Bulls
Venue: Citrus Bowl – Saturday, July 18 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
Match Odds: Orlando City 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – New York Red Bulls 9/5
With only one loss in their last six at home, Orlando will be hoping to avoid defeat once more against a strong Red Bulls squad.
However, without the attacking options of Kevin Molino and Cyle Larin at their disposal, Orlando are relying heavily on superstar Kaka to provide the goals and chances once again.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City’s 2015 record in MLS: P19 – W6 – D6 – L7
New York Red Bulls have had an indifferent run of form as of late and are struggling to juggle defensive options as the CONCACAF Gold Cup has left them weak at the back.
With nine points out of their last 21, the Red Bulls will need to pick up the pace soon if they are to remain contenders for the Eastern Conference title, though a playoff spot looks to be safe.
New York Red Bulls’ 2015 record in MLS: P18 – W7 – D5 – L6
With three wins in their last four, they have picked up their form and will hope to continue their winning ways in Orlando on Saturday night.
This will be the first ever MLS meeting between the sides. The return fixture in New York will take place at the end of September.
Orlando City will be without Kevin Molino, Martin Paterson and Tony Cascio as they are all out with injuries. Aurelien Collin, Brek Shea and Sean St. Ledger are all doubts but could feature. Luke Boden is suspended, while Darwin Ceren and Cyle Larin are both away on international duty.
New York Red Bulls are missing Chris Duvall though injury and Ronald Zubar remains a doubt. Karl Ouimette, Roy Miller and Kemar Lawrence are all away on international duty.
Orlando City’s last five in MLS: W/L/W/D/L
New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: L/W/W/L/W
Key Stat: New York Red Bulls have only won once in their last seven away matches in MLS.
Key Player: Kaka – It was between him and Bradley Wright-Phillips, but after the Brazilian’s glorious goal against West Brom in midweek we expect him to be influential yet again.Embed from Getty Images
Orlando City 1-1 New York Red Bulls – Home comforts combined with the Red Bulls’ away form suggest honours will be even come Saturday night.