Currently sitting in fourth in the Eastern Conference, Orlando City go into the third to last week of the season facing two playoff contenders. On Wednesday, they take on 7th place CF Montreal, while on Sunday they face the league-leading New England Revolution.
Both matches will kick off at 7:30, but the Revolution match on Sunday will be broadcast on FS1, while the Montreal game will be on FOX35+ and LionNation TV.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to keep getting close to our first objective,” Head Coach Oscar Pareja said in his pre-match press conference. “Montréal comes in that battle of getting points as well and surely it’s going to be a very intense game for both teams. The frequency of the games obviously is a factor that we all have at this moment with the proximity of the games, but also there is a time where you have to go for what you need. We’ve played them already here, had a very difficult game where we had a red card and they took advantage of that. Now we’re waiting for a different game obviously and a different outcome.”
Montreal (11-8-10, 41 points) are coming off a 2-1 draw over the Philadelphia Union. This will be the second of three matchups between the Lions and the former Impact side, with the final one coming in Montreal to end the season on November 7th.
New England (20-6-4, 66 points) remains the best side in all of MLS, a full nine points ahead of the Seattle Sounders in the overall standings and 18 points ahead of Nashville in the east. The Lions previously lost to the Revs in Foxboro on September 25th, falling 2-1.
Orlando (12-9-8, 39 points) will miss centerback Antonio Carlos due to yellow card accumulation suspension for the Montreal game, but have him back for the matchup against New England. As far as injuries go, Joao Moutinho is questionable with a lower body injury, while all other players are available for selection.
This past weekend, the 2021 Orlando City team became the best team in Orlando’s history, surpassing the 2015 team’s point total at 44. Not only that, but Oscar Pareja’s side tied the win total of that inaugural season with 12. A win in their last five matches will cement the current iteration of the Lions in the team’s history books.
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