Match Preview: US Open Cup Quarterfinals Orlando City SC @ Philadelphia Union 07/18/18 7:00 PM

The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup rolls into the Quarterfinal phase, as Orlando City SC comes to Talen Energy Stadium to face the Philadelphia Union.

US Open Cup History:

The Union obviously have more experience in this competition with 17 wins and 8 losses. Two of those losses were in back to back trips to the final (’14, ’15), as opposed to the Lions 5 wins, and their third trip to the quarters in their fourth season in MLS.

The two teams have never met in a USOC match.

To get here the Union beat another Eastern Conference rival New York Red Bulls in a thrilling 2-1 decision. Orlando beat DC United on penalty kicks.

The winner faces the winner of Chicago Fire vs United Soccer League (USL) club Louisville City the reigning USL Champion.

Philly Vs. Orlando:

All time, the teams are knotted at 3-3-1, with the last match a 2-0 Orlando win at Talen back on 4/13.

Orlando City SC Observations:

One of the interesting story lines is that the Purple Lions will be playing their first Open Cup game under coach James O’Connor, who just joined the team a few weeks ago, coming from the aforementioned Louisville club. These are not easy decisions to make on who will start, and how much you invest in a mid-week non-league match.

Union Dues:

The Union under Head Coach Jim Curtin have never held back in Open Cup matches. They have been very good at home, 11-2, and 13-4 overall, under Curtin.

Phearless Phorecast:

Knowing how this club handles these matches, combined with Orlando’s coach’s inexperience along with the momentum the U should take from their last match, the heart-stopping 4-3 win at Chicago, I am sticking with the Union 2-Nil.

I leave you with one of the Union’s typically fun hype videos: #WeWantTheCup!

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