Orlando City to Host Reigning Eastern Conference Champions New England Revolution
Lions return to league play after MLS bye week
Orlando City SC (2-4-2, 8 points) will face the reigning Eastern Conference Champions – the New England Revolution (5-2-2, 17 points) – at the Orlando Citrus Bowl tonight, May 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
The match will broadcast live nationally on UniMás and transmitted on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and La Grande 1030 AM in Spanish locally.
“We have a huge game on Friday against a team that’s probably the most in-form side in the league,” said Head Coach Adrian Heath. “We know it’s going to be difficult, but the lads look fresh and we’re actively preparing for the game on Friday.”
Orlando City comes into the contest against New England after displaying one of the team’s most successful attacking performances against Brazilian Serie A side Ponte Preta at the Citrus Bowl last weekend.
After going down 1-0 early to the Brazilians, Orlando City scored two unanswered goals as Bryan Róchez and Sean St. Ledger scored their first goals in purple. After conceding an equalizer to Ponte Preta 10 minutes later, rookie forward Cyle Larin finished a penalty on the last play of the game in dramatic fashion. The penalty was Larin’s second goal this season.
The fixture against the Revolution marks Orlando’s first league match in 12 days, due to an MLS bye week last weekend.
One of the hottest teams in the league, the Revolution enters the game sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference. After losing their first two matches of the 2015 MLS campaign, New England has not suffered a defeat in its previous seven matches – including a convincing 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake and a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls most recently.
Highlighting New England’s roster is MLS Designated Player and U.S. Men’s National Team (USMNT) player Jermaine Jones, along with fellow USMNT teammates Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo.
Forward Charlie Davies currently leads the team in goals, scoring three goals in five starts.
About Orlando City Soccer Club:
One of the leading teams in Major League Soccer (MLS), and the only MLS team in Florida, Orlando City Soccer Club has developed a rich history and passionate following in its short existence since starting in the USL in 2011. The Lions’ first team set the U.S. record for best start of any professional soccer club in its first 100 games (66-12-22). During that time, the Lions won three regular season titles and two postseason championships
In MLS, the team draws an average of 39,300 fans per home game – including 62,500 for its home opener – and is currently near the top of the league in social media followers. Orlando City has not only captured the passion of soccer fans in the City Beautiful, it continues to build its brand overseas as its matches are broadcast in 100 countries and in 30 languages.
Outside of the first squad, OCSC operates the largest youth soccer club in Central Florida, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS). Lastly, the Orlando City Foundation is active in the community year round, promoting health, wellness and education opportunities for children throughout the region.