Orlando City takes their four-match winning streak on the road to the high altitude of Dick Sporting Goods Park to face the Colorado Rockies today. The four matches that Orlando City have won have all been on the East Coast and at sea level, so it will be curious to see how the team adjusts to the altitude and if that has an impact on their performance.
Orlando City leads the all-time series 2 - 0 - 1. In 2015 and again in 2017, the Lions defeated Colorado at Orlando by the score of 2 - 0 both times. In 2016, the two teams played to a scoreless draw at Dick Sporting Goods Park.
Players to Watch - Colorado
- Dominique Badji - Badji leads Colorado with four goals in six matches. He's got credit for one assist on the season and also leads the team in total shots (17) and shots on goal (eight).
- Joe Mason - While Mason has only appeared in three of Colorado's matches, he has already scored two goals. He's also among the most efficient scorers on the team--he has only three total shots and two shots on target.
- Jack Price - Price has a goal and is a co-leader on the team with two assists (tied with Tommy Smith and Johan Blomberg). Price has nine shots and two shots on target in his six appearances so far this season.
Players to Watch - Orlando City
- Yoshimar Yotun - Yoshi has started to develop quite the potent partnership with Chris Mueller on the pitch. Yotun has four assists on the young season to go along with one goal, and he has found an outlet for his long passes in the speedy rookie. Mueller has scored in three straight matches, and his beautiful opening score the last time out came when he beautifully controlled a long-range Yotun pass forward with his chest and then squirted around defenders on his way to the goal.
- Justin Meram - Meram has been in a scoring slump. He has yet to find the back of the net for Orlando City, but he has appeared on the score sheet with three assists on the season. In some ways I know it has to be frustrating for the veteran to not have the glory of scoring, but Orlando City fans love having such a talented chance creator on the team, setting up chances for the hot-footed shooters.
- Sacha Kljestan - Kljestan has been wearing the captain's armband with Jonathan Spector out on concussion protocol. He has two goals and two assists in five appearances.
If the lineup above looks familiar, it should. It's exactly the same Starting XI that Coach Jason Kreis trotted out for the most recent win against San Jose. As far as I'm concerned when we have a good thing going we shouldn't be tinkering with it. I hope the coach feels the same way.
Jonathan Spector remains out on concussion protocol, and RJ Allen is listed as being questionable with a hamstring injury.
Colorado has enjoyed recent success at Dick Sporting Goods Park. The last two matches at home have been clean sheet victories for the Rapids, while they are winless away from home on the season. Meanwhile, OCSC comes in on the best form of the season, winning four in a row and averaging scoring three goals per match over that period. Dom Dwyer and Chris Mueller have both been on a tear, the rookie scoring in three consecutive matches and Dwyer reaching the 100 goal milestone in MLS.
I wish I had the confidence that the winning streak will continue for OCSC, but I have to predict that the match will end in another draw. Colorado has scored at least two in each of their last pair of home matches, and Orlando City is still a little shaky on the defense. Thus, I'm going to predict a 2-2 draw on the night.
What is your prediction on the match? Do you think that Orlando City can continue its winning streak, or do you think it's too much to ask for another three points on the day? Let me know in the comments below!