Match Preview: Union at Orlando City SC, Saturday March 18th at 7:30 PM

The Union look to extend their points streak to three matches this Saturday in Orlando against the Lions.

The boys in blue will visit Orlando’s new stadium for the first time in an attempt to take all three points against an Orlando City SC team who is without superstar Kaka. This is the first of two meetings for the clubs this year.

Series History: 

The Union have only lost one match in five in their history against Orlando City, owning a 2-1-2 record. Last year on April 8th, the Union beat Orlando City at home on a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick golazo. The two clubs fought to a 2-2 draw on May 25th in Orlando, and then the Union dropped all three points by the score of 2-0 to the Lions at home at the end of the season.

An eye on the Lions:

Even without superstar Kaka, the Lions are dangerous with Cyle Larin at the top. Orlando City is coming off of what is essentially a bye, their match in New England last week cancelled due to unplayable conditions, and may be rusty.

Key players for the Union:

C.J. Sapong came in to replace the injured Jay Simpson last week and provided the tying tally, opening his account for the year. When Sapong has success, the Union have success, so it’ll be important to get him involved. Young Derrick Jones will look to continue his stellar play in the midfield while Haris Medunjanin will supply the defense-splitting passes the Union haven’t had since Vincent Nogueira left. Alejandro Bedoya will look to get on the score sheet after having two shots go off of the woodwork last week, one of them a penalty kick.

Possible Union Starting XI:

Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Derrick Jones, Haris Medunjanin; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; C.J. Sapong

Fearless Forecast:

The Union take the road point from Orlando, continuing their points streak. Union 1, Orlando City 1

Other notes:

Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was called to USMNT camp for the two crucial World Cup qualifiers later this month which could make or break the United States’ hopes to go to Russia in 2018.