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Union vs. Orlando City SC: Preview, projected lineups, and how to watch

A victory tonight would give the Union their longest-ever MLS winning streak.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal-Philadelphia Union vs Orlando City SC Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Union are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, and they’ll look to continue their dominance in Orlando on Saturday night. Orlando City sits at the bottom of the East, and they’ve managed only one win in their last 16 league game.

The Union’s four-game winning run has put them comfortably into playoff position, as FiveThirtyEight now gives them a 97% chance of qualifying for the postseason. Three points in Orlando would give the team its longest-ever winning streak in MLS play, and could extend their lead over seventh place to 13 points.

These two teams were only scheduled to meet twice in league competition this season, with the first encounter coming on April 13. The Lions came to Chester and blanked the Union in the midst of what became a six-game winning streak.

Orlando City returned to Talen Energy Stadium in July for the quarterfinal of the U.S. Open Cup. The Union finished on the right side of the 1-0 scoreline to advance in Cup play, while Orlando City has not won a game since that day.

Projected lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; CJ Sapong, Borek Dockal, Fafa Picault; Cory Burke

Orlando City SC: Joe Bendik; Scott Sutter, Jonathan Spector, Shane O’Neill, PC; Uri Rosell, Yoshi Yotun; Cristian Higuita, Sacha Kljestan, Chris Mueller; Dom Dwyer

How to watch

Where: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL.

When: 7:30 PM EST, Saturday, September 1, 2018

TV: PHL17

Streaming: ESPN+

Radio: Union Radio