Columbus Crew SC travels to Orlando City SC to take on the Lions for the first time on the road Saturday night. The Black & Gold are looking for the team's first win away from MAPFRE Stadium this season.
The two sides met once already this year when Columbus walked away with all three points in a 3-0 victory. Shortly after Federico Higuain put Crew SC ahead with a slick heel flick finish, City defender Rafael Ramos was issued a straight red card for a dangerous tackle. The match changed after that as Orlando adjusted to playing a man down, allowing the Black & Gold to take control of the match.
The Lions will be looking for revenge in this match after feeling the side didn't represent itself well in Columbus.
Two weeks ago, OCSC defeated the LA Galaxy 4-0 at the Citrus Bowl for its first home win since joining Major League Soccer. The club followed that up last week with a 1-1 draw on the road against the San Jose Earthquakes, while playing down a man for the final 40 minutes of the match.
Former World Player of the Year Kaká leads Orlando in scoring with five goals on the year. Rookie forward Cyle Larin is right behind him with four strikes, while Ramos and Kaká are tied atop the assist category with two each.
Here are some things to know heading into tonight's match followed by how you can watch the game and a projected starting XI. Leave your comments below before, during, and after the match.
- Orlando will be without midfielder Brek Shea in this match due to suspension. Shea has started 11 of City's 12 matches this season, registering one assist.
- Crew SC will get a boost with the return of holding midfielder Mohammed Saeid. The Swede missed last match due to suspension, but has started eight games for the Black & Gold in the absence of usual starter Wil Trapp, who continues to work his way back from a concussion.
- The Lions are looking to string together three results in a row for the first time all season after their win two weeks ago and a tie on the road last weekend.
- OCSC will bring the physicality to the contest. City are tied for third in the league in fouls committed with 167 on the season.
- Despite being one of the league's highest scoring teams, Crew SC have only score two goals away from MAPFRE Stadium. Both of those goals came in the April 8 game with the Vancouver Whitecaps where multiple regular starters did not play.
- Orlando City is averaging 37,446 fans per game, good for second best in the league. The Lions also have the high mark this year when they opened in front of a crowd of 62,510.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Saturday May 30, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
Watch: TWC SportsChannel (English), Univision Deportes
Listen: CD102.5 FM (English) La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish)