Sporting Kansas City vs Orlando City SC Preview
This contest between Sporting Kansas City hosting the Orlando SC Lions takes place on Friday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM ET at Children’s Mercy Park.
Sporting KC has manager Peter Vermes as a long serving coach, in fact, he is the longest in Major League Soccer. He has won 156 games and is in fifth place in league history.
In 2020, SKC only won half of their home contests and need to get better. They did win their inaugural 2021 match.
Orlando SC is the talk of th league as they went from eleventh place to fourth place in one year in a good Eastern Conference. Manager Oscar Pareja has gotten them to be credible and into the postseason for the first time.
Away from home, Orlando has still had issues and trouble getting many wins . Orlando has beaten Kansas City the previous to meetings. Orlando placed Atlanta United to a scoreless draw in the opener and scoring might be a problem for Orlando.
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In goal for KC is likely to be John Pulskamp as regular starter Tim Melia recovers from a chest injury. Also, a hamstring injury will keep defender Amadou Dia and also alongside Graham Zusi with a foot injury.
Orlando will be missing striker Alexandre Pato with a lower body injury and Moutinho and his groin injury. Midfielder Uri Rosell and defender Robin Jansson are questionable to start.
Leading scorer from last season, Chris Mueller has played in 97 games and looking for three more for the century mark. He and Tesho Akindele has the third most goals in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting Kansas City possible starting lineup:
Pulskamp; Martins, Fontas, Isimat-Mirin, Lindsey; Shelton, Walter, Kinda; Salloi, Busio, Espinoza
Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Gallese; Teixeira, Carlos, Schlegel, Smith; Mueller, Urso, Mendez, Nani; Akindele; TBA
Sporting Kansas City vs Orlando City SC Prediction
Tough choice as both are similar but we go with a bit more offense and balanced attack coming out of Florida and go with Orlando SC winning 1-0 in the low scoring affair.
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