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domingo, 16 de outubro de 2016
Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC | 2016 MLS Match Preview
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. ORLANDO CITY SC Talen Energy Stadium | Chester, Pa. Sunday, Oct. 16 | Week #33 | MLS Game #323 3 pm ET (MLS LIVE, The Comcast Network, TV27)
A massive contest in the Final Push for the Playoffs kicks off when Philadelphia Union play host to Orlando City SC on Sunday afternoon at Talen Energy Stadium. Union have yet to clinch their place in the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after seeing their winless run stretched to five games last time out in a 3-2 loss at the New York Red Bulls. Orlando City saw their playoff hopes officially extinguished, with their 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact at Camping World Stadium in their last game, extending their winless run to five matches overall.
The Union saw their winless streak extended to five games – their longest drought of the season – with a 3-2 loss at the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 1. Fabian Herbers netted his third goal of his rookie season, and now has a goal or an assist in four consecutive games.
Orlando City had their winless run extended to five games, with a fourth defeat in that time, following their 1-0 loss to the Montréal Impact on Oct. 2 at Camping World Stadium. City were shut out at the attacking end for a second consecutive game.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Tranquillo Barnetta scored on a world-class free kick in the 90th minute, giving Union a 2-1 win April 8 at Talen Energy Stadium. On May 25, the teams combined for four goals in the second half before reaching a 2-2 draw at Camping World Stadium.
The teams met twice in Orlando City’s inaugural season, with one goal scored between the two games. Sebastien Le Toux scored the game’s only goal in a Union win Oct. 25 in Chester; the teams played to a scoreless draw Aug. 8 at the Citrus Bowl.
Coaches record: Jason Kreis vs. PHI: P9 W3 L1 T5 -- Jim Curtin vs. ORL: P4 W2 L0 T2
LAST MEETING (MLS)
Orlando City had a glorious chance to open the scoring in the first half, but Union goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a penalty kick from Kaká after taking him down in the box.
The Union opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. A free kick from out on the right was floated into the area and headed back across goal where Tranquillo Barnetta ripped home a full volley.
City were even in the 68th minute Blake collided with a slew of players at the edge of the box, coming out to try and claim a long ball, and left the net exposed for Kevin Molino to tap home.
The home side were then ahead three minutes later when Cyle Larin deflected a Kaká pass goalward with his chest from close range. Blake appeared to have kept the ball out, but the ball was adjusted to have crossed the goal line.
But Union hit for the equalizer in the 75th minute when a short corner was driven into the area and fell right for center back Ken Tribbett to stab home from the six-yard box. Orlando City finished a man down when David Mateos was shown a straight red card in second-half stoppage time.
ORLANDO CITY SC (4-2-3-1): Joseph Bendik - Kevin Alston, Tommy Redding, David Mateos (ejected 93+), Brek Shea - Cristian Higuita, Servando Carrasco - Adrian Winter (Kevin Molino 67), Kaká, Carlos Rivas (Julio Baptista 67) - Cyle Larin (Hadji Barry 84).
PHILADELPHIA UNION (4-2-3-1): Andre Blake - Keegan Rosenberry, Joshua Yaro (Ken Tribbett 44), Richard Marquez, Fabinho - Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle - Sebastien Le Toux (Leo Fernandes 90), Tranquillo Barnetta, Chris Pontius (Fabian Herbers 70) - C.J. Sapong.