During the week I've posted several columns about the this week's Orlando City SC match against Minnesota United FC. On this weekly matchday post, I'll link back to the stories from the week that didn't change, update the columns where there is some change, cover the late-breaking news, and preview the match.
- Three Points to Victory - no changes impact this column.
- Players to Watch - no changes impact this column.
- Series History - no changes impact this column.
- Tactics & Traps - no changes impact this column.
- Sub-in Notes - no changes impact this column.
The only update is in terms of injury status for the visitors. The official MLSsoccer.com match preview confirmed yesterday that two players for MNUFC have been ruled out for the match:
- M - Sam Cronin (cervicogenic dysfunction -- in plain English: spinal/neck nerve related)
- F - Adu Danladi (left hamstring)
Additionally, it has been widely reported that former Orlando City SC player Harrison Heath did not travel with the team due to a pre-existing injury.
Preview and Score Prediction
Orlando City had a pretty impressive match last week with seven new starters on the pitch. The first half was marred by a straight red card to PC and highlighted by a dramatic PK save by Joe Bendik. In the second half, despite being a man down, Orlando City showed determined attacking and inspired defending, eventually scoring an equalizer in stoppage time to claw back a point on the night.
In their season opener at San Jose, MNUFC surrendered three goals to the home side in the first 60 minutes. But as is typical of an Adrian Heath coached team, the team kept playing hard. In the final ten minutes of the match former Orlando City SC star, Kevin Molino, scored a brace to pull the score back to 3 - 2. But the Loons were unable to equalize and took no points on the night.
In tonight's match, I predict a similar lineup to last week. In yesterday's post, I predicted we will see Justin Meram at the tip of the diamond with Chris Mueller and Stefano Pinho starting at the striker position. And in the place of the suspended PC, I think on the left side of the diamond we will see Yoshimar Yotun. I think with a bit more discipline and experience between teammates, we will see Orlando City have an even more organized attack than last week.
All that leads me to predict Orlando City will win the match 3 - 1. I'll go out on a limb and predict Meram will have two assists and score a goal on the night. But I'll be happy with any result that gets Orlando City all 3 points at the end of the match.
What is your prediction for the match? Will Orlando City be able to pull off the victory or will Inchy notch another bit of revenge against the Orlando City front office by taking a win on the road? Let me know in the comments below!