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Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 25
Orlando City SC vs. Atlanta United
Exploria Stadium  – Orlando
August 23 – 8:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN, TVAS

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada

Orlando City SC seek a first win over Atlanta United, while the defending MLS Cup champions are trying to fend off challengers to remain atop the Eastern Conference when MLS Heineken® Rivalry Week resumes Friday night at Exploria Stadium.

Orlando City SC (9-11-7) are level on points with seventh-place Montreal, but sit just below the playoff line on a tiebreak. The Lions squandered a chance to make that jump last Saturday night, as they conceded late to settle for a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United at Allianz Field. Nani put the visitors in front with a 70th-minute penalty kick, but Abu Danladi scored the stoppage-time equalizer for the Loons. Though disappointing, the draw extends Orlando's unbeaten streak to four consecutive matches.

Atlanta United (14-9-3) moved atop the East with a 2-0 win last Sunday night at Providence Park over the Portland Timbers. Leandro Gonzalez Pirez slammed home his first goal in nearly a year following a failed clearance from a Five Stripes corner kick in the 14th minute to open the scoring. In the opening moments of the second half, Julian Gressel broke two Portland lines with a sumptuous through ball for Josef Martinez. He needed just one touch to set up a brilliant curling shot from outside the box for his 21st tally of the year. 

This is the club's second regular-season contest of 2019, with the Five Stripes winning, 1-0, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium May 12 on a Pity Martinez goal in the 14th minute. Atlanta also beat Orlando, 2-0, in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals at Exploria, with Eric Remedi and Emerson Hyndman scoring a goal in each half.

Orlando
Orlando vs. Atlanta

Friday, August 23 at 8:00 PM ET
Exploria Stadium

Atlanta

Orlando City SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Joao Moutinho (D) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Ruan (D) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty:  None

Atlanta United

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Brek Shea (D) - knee injury
    • OUT: Franco Escobar (D) - right upper leg injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Eric Remedi (M) - right hip injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mo Adams (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Orlando City SC

  • Orlando City SC: 0 wins, 2 goals
  • Atlanta United: 3 wins, 5 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Nima Saghafi
  • Assistant Referees:  Kathryn Nesbitt, Corey Parker
  • 4th Official:  Kevin Broadley
  • VAR:  Jose Carlos Rivero
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Current Form

Orlando
L
L
W
D
W
D
Atlanta
W
W
L
W
W
W

Season Stats

Orlando City SCAtlanta United FC
27Games Played26
9Wins14
11Losses9
7Draws3
35Goals45
35Goals Conceded30
219Shots305
99Shots on Target131
289Fouls committed260
264Fouls suffered310
43Offside44
121Corners150

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
ORL515412351.3
ATL39851451.7
01234+Avg
ORL362021.5
ATL055312.1
01234+Avg
ORL292101.1
ATL343201.3

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
ORL710631351.3
ATL125522301.2
01234+Avg
ORL433301.4
ATL841100.6
01234+Avg
ORL373011.2
ATL414121.8
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