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Orlando City SC (11-8-13) look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they take on New York City FC (10-7-15) at the Citrus Bowl in a Friday night matchup.
Orlando will be without both Kaka and Brek Shea due to yellow card accumulation so the fate of the team could lay at the feet of rookie Cyle Larn, who leads the team in scoring and has been a staple up front for Adrian Heath throughout the season.
New York City FC lead the season series 1-1-0 with the Lions playing to a 1-1 draw in the season opener against NYCFC and then suffering a 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium back in July. Larin did score a hat trick against New York in that road game, but Orlando’s defense couldn’t contain David Villa in that game as he scored two goals and assisted another.
Orlando City saw the New York debut of Andre Pirlo in their last matchup, this time they will see a roster that include Villa, Pirlo, Mix Diskerud and Frank Lampard.
Orlando City SC defeat New York City FC 2-1 to keep playoff hopes alive.
83′ Tally Hall is helped off the field and is favoring his right knee. Josh Ford comes into the game to play goal keeper. This is Ford’s MLS debut.
75′ Neal comes out for Carrasco in Orlando City’s midfield.
70′ Larin gives Orlando City a 2-1 lead when he puts in a goal on a Winter assist when they were 2-on-1 with the goal keeper.
70′ Ashe sends a cross into Winter in the box but Saunders gets to the ball first.
68′ Rivas gets a yellow card for throwing the ball after being called offside.
66′ Orlando City earn a corner after Rivas’ cross goes off a defender.
62′ Larin puts a header into the back of the net off of a cross from Ashe and Orlando City tie the game a 1-1.
53′ Larin gets an opportunity at goal but sends the shot wide.
46′ NYCFC start the second half with the ball and we are underway for the final 45 minutes of regulation.
Orlando City trail 1-0 after a stoppage time goal by Kwame Watson-Siriboe following a corner kick.
45+’ NYCFC get a corner kick and get a goal from Kwame Watson-Siriboe, after the deflection lands at his feet and he finishes to put New York City up 1-0.
45′ The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time to the first half.
44′ Orlando City get a free kick on the right side of the box and they cross it in where Saunders fists it out for a corner.
42′ Diskerud gets called offsides and Orlando City have a goal kick.
40′ Larin gets on the end of a Rivas cross but Saunders comes up with a big save.
38′ Winter feeds a ball into Lewis Neal, but Neal’s touch goes just wide for a goal kick.
36′ Higuita gets a yellow card, the first booking of the game.
35′ Winter takes a shot on goal and has it blocked by a defender for a corner kick.
34′ Rivas sends a cross into Larin and he can’t get a head on it, still tied at 0-0.
30′ Winter goes down and Orlando City earn another free kick, this one to the left of the box.
29′ Orlando City earn another corner kick, the Lions putting pressure on New York City.
26′ Orlando City get a corner after Rivas sends a pass into the box that New York City sends out of bounds.
22′ Grabavoy comes out of the game and in comes Mehdi Ballouchy for New York City.
20′ Orlando City putting pressure on New York City, NYCFC doing a lot of defending early on.
18′ Grabavoy is being walked off the field for treatment by the trainers and Orlando City will be a man up for a minute or two.
16′ Orlando City earn a free kick near the box, Grabavoy with the foul on Rivas.
10′ Larin gets a pass from Higuita but sails the shot for a throw in. Orlando City really had a chance there.
8′ Larin tries to volley a shot at goal, but the ball sails wide for a New York City goal kick.
6′ Orlando City is showing a lot of hustle on the field, but still no clean shots on goal, 0-0.
1′ Orlando City start the game with the ball and we are underway for the final home game of the regular season.
New York City will be playing without Andrea Pirlo against Orlando City.
Orlando City SC starting XI: GK: Tally Hall; D: Aurelien Collin, Seb Hines, Corey Ashe, Luke Boden; M: Adrian Winter, Cristian Higuita, Lewis Neal, Darwin Ceren, Carlos Rivas; F: Cyle Larin
New York City FC starting XI: GK: Josh Saunders; D: Jefferson Mena, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Chris Wingert; M: Javier Calle, Mix Diskerud, Ned Grabavoy, Andrew Jacobson, Frank Lampard, Thomas McNamara; F: David Villa