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Match preview: Harrisburg City Islanders at Orlando City B

After an impromptu bye weekend, the City Islanders travel to Florida in search of their first win of the 2016 season.

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Orlando City B's Lewis Neal in 2015 with Orlando City (MLS)
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Game: Harrisburg City Islanders at Orlando City B

Date: Saturday, April 16th

Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Titan Soccer Complex

Referees: REF: RUBIEL VAZQUEZ, AR1: Esteban Rosano, AR2: Hassan Belmnahia, 4TH: Jasmine Peralta

Television: None


The Harrisburg City Islanders will travel to Melbourne, Florida to take on Orlando City B in their third match of the 2016 USL Season.

The City Islanders received and unscheduled bye this past weekend, as a winter storm prompted the cancellation of their Keystone Derby Cup match against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Harrisburg will benefit from the additional preparation time as they look to improve their team chemistry after two losses to open the season.

Over the weekend, Harrisburg added 23-year-old midfielder Youssef Naciri to their roster. This season, the City Islanders have fielded two central midfielders in their standard 4-4-2 formation. Offseason signings Bobby Warshaw and Joshua Hughes have started both matches in the central midfield, with substitution appearances from Jose Barril and Mouhamed Dabo.

Orlando City B, playing their first season in USL, are off to a shaky start with a record of 0-2-1 (W-L-T). The Lion Cubs lost their opening match to Wilmington Hammerheads before responding with a 0-0 draw against Charleston. On Saturday, OCB conceded four goals in a 4-1 drubbing against Louisville City FC.

Featuring MLS/USL veteran Lewis Neal, USMNT prospect Tyler Turner, and MLS DP Bryan Rochez, the Baby Lions utilize a 4-2-3-1 formation. Orlando City B will look to keep the ball on the ground and utilize their overlapping fullbacks as they build chemistry in their inaugural season.