Major League Soccer: New York City FC vs Orlando City
Yankee Stadium – Saturday, June 2nd 2018 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)
New York City FC vs Orlando City: Preview
Saturday evening sees New York City FC welcome Orlando City to Yankee Stadium. Both the Eastern Conference sides are in an inconsistent run of form.
Patrick Vieira’s NYCFC come into this one having won just two of their last five games. As a result of their recent run they have lost a little ground in the race at the top of the East. Although they are sitting third, they are just two points behind the leaders.
Form at Yankee Stadium paints a completely different picture for New York City FC. They have won all five of their home fixtures and will be looking at this game as a winnable one.
Orlando City have lost three games on the bounce. They are in danger of slipping out of the top six and considering their form earlier in the season it will be disappointing for all involved.
Jason Kreis’ side saw their inability to find the back of the net when they are on top cost them last time out. They lost 2-1 for the third game in a row, this time at the hands of Chicago. In stark contrast, some clinical finishing was enough for Chicago to inflict that defeat on Orlando.
The Lions are hoping for the return of Dom Dwyer, they have not been the same side without him. The striker has six goals in the seven games he has played – so it’s no surprise they have missed his input.
New York City FC vs Orlando City: Team News
New York City FC
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: None.
🌏 International Duty: Ronald Matarrita and Rodney Wallace.
🚑 Out: Yangel Herrera (ankle).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: Dom Dwyer (lower body injury), Scott Sutter (lower body injury), Lamine Sane (lower body injury) and Jonathan Spector (concussion).
🌏 International Duty: Yoshi Yotun and Amro Tarek.
🚑 Out: Mason Stajduhar and Chris Schuler(broken arm).
New York City FC vs Orlando City: Key Stats
New York City’s MLS form: W/L/D/W/L
Orlando City’s MLS form: W/W/L/L/L
Key stat: New York City FC have a 100% record at Yankee Stadium in the 2018 regular season. They’ve won all five of their home fixtures.
MLS: NYC FC vs. LA Galaxy at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., USA, on Monday, Mar 12, 2018. Photo: Ashley Marshall
New York City FC vs Orlando City: Prediction
New York City FC 3-1 Orlando City: Despite Orlando being in a difficult run of form there is encouragement for them as they are still finding the back of the net. NYCFC’s Yankee Stadium form and superior league position makes it difficult to see anything but a home win. No game is a given, but Orlando have work to do if they are to bring that 100% home record to a stop.
Robinho is continuing to be linked with a move to Major League Soccer as New England Revolution are the latest team to be touted as a possible destination for the skillful Brazilian.
The 30-year-old forward is currently on loan at Santos and although he has been linked with a move to Orlando City for several months, owner Flavio Augusto claims they are not interested in him.
The Lions added Bryan Rochez to the squad as a designated player this week, joining Kaka, and they are apparently unwilling to fill their third and final DP slot with the AC Milan man.
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And it seems that New England Revolution are interested in bringing Robinho to MLS as a designated player to give the side a much needed out-and-out forward who could score goals.
The report comes from Portuguese-language site Soccerazo, which claims:
“A new club has stepped in [for Robinho] – MLS Cup finalists, the New England Revolution. Sources indicate that Jermaine Jones’s team is interested in securing the addition of Robinho to compensate for the possible exit of Lee Nguyen.
“There are two other clubs in pursuit of the player – but they do not play in MLS, they are Atlas and Tigres of Mexico.”
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If Lee Nguyen were to leave, New England would desperately need a player of Robinho’s quality to step in. But the Brazilian would thrive in the same side as Nguyen, if the Revs star man were to stay in what would be a lethal attack.
It is difficult to assess how accurate the report is, but it would appear too early to rule out an MLS move for Robinho.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester City man would be an exciting addition to the league but Liga MX clubs will also be looking to bring in the Brazilian star.
Would Robinho be a good signing for the New England Revolution?
On another big day of spending for the Florida-based side, Orlando City have have taken a huge gamble by making Bryan Rochez their second designated player after Kaka.
At the ripe age of nineteen he has made a meteoric rise in his country of birth, Honduras, and already has six caps for Los Catrachos.
The news comes as a bit of a shock seeing as Orlando have been linked with more high-profile targets such as Robinho and Brek Shea recently.
However, in Rochez they have a natural goalscorer as he was the second highest scorer in the Honduran Premier League last season with 20 goals. And he has started this campaign with the same form, netting eight times in fifteen appearances.
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Rochez is the first Honduran to be a part of the Orlando City squad and joins fellow designated player, Kaka, in Orlando’s debut season in MLS.
He was a member of the Honduran under-20 team that won the Central American games in 2013, where he scored the winner as they won 1-0 against Costa Rica in the final.
Orlando now has a fresh young talent in Rochez but he is yet to be proven in the fast paced game that MLS provides. And at only nineteen years of age, will this big gamble pay off for Orlando City?
Many will question this bit of business from the Florida-based franchise, however, he could be just the key finisher to latch on to the creativity that Kaka is sure to provide.
Do you think Bryan Rochez will be a success at Orlando City?
Orlando City Soccer Club unveiled their first-ever MLS kit today ahead of their debut season starting in just four months, and it didn’t disappoint.
Fans had been given sneak peak’s for the past few days, but the full kit has now be revealed and the bright purple Lions will hope to roar into action in their standout colours.
The purple shirt features three classic Adidas stripes down the sleeves and is a simple, but classy kit that resembles a purple version of that of Chelsea FC.
Star signing Kaka was at the forefront of the release, and the kit also features the new MLS logo on the arm in an unveiling that only builds excitement for the 2015 season.
Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins was delighted with the outcome and is now looking ahead to the new season.
“We worked very closely with Adidas during the design process of our first-ever MLS home kit, as we want the jersey to have a simple and classic look that accurately represents our brand and prominently displays our long-time partners Orlando Health.
“We are very proud of the end result, and we can’t wait to see our team take the field next year,” he added.
Orlando City SC will join MLS for their first season in March, along with New York City FC – who are set to reveal their 2015 jersey’s on Thursday November 13.
The home kit will be available for purchase in early December, but pre-sale for both the short-sleeve and long-sleeve version of the kit is available today on OrlandoCitySC.com.
What do you make of the new Orlando City SC kit?