Date: Wednesday, May 25th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium (Orlando, FL)
Television: Comcast SportsNet
Streaming: MLS Live (no blackout)
All-time record: The Union have played Orlando City three times, winning two and drawing one
What Orlando City will look like: Orlando will typically line up in a 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 with Kaka and Cyle Larin as their main attacking threats. The Union were fortunate that Larin was absent in the two teams' last meeting, but the Canadian striker should be good to go this week and is looking just as dangerous as last year. In defense, Orlando will likely deploy Seb Hines and David Mateos as their center backs, but with Hines being listed on Orlando's injury report Tommy Redding will likely start in his place. The Union's defense has been solid this year, but Orlando's attacking threats may give them a hard time.
What the Union will look like: The Union were able to avoid four consecutive draws with a last-minute goal against DC United. The Union have been very consistent with their line up, but with three games coming up over the course of eight days Jim Curtin will need to rotate players in and out to avoid injuries and fatigue. For this game though, the usual line-up is likely, but watch for some early substitutions as the Union have a trip to Colorado ahead of them just a few days after the Orlando match.
What to expect: When these two teams met last month, Orlando was able to take advantage of the inexperience in the Union's defense with their lone goal. Fortunately, Tranquillo Barnetta was there to save the game for the Union, but it would be foolish to underestimate the experienced attacking players that Orlando City has. With two rookies likely to start for the Union, Orlando will be looking to pull them out of position and get Larin in on goal. The Union will also be looking to take advantage of an Orlando back line missing one of their better defenders in Seb Hines.