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New York City FC will travel to take on host Orlando SC in a Sunday night match. The match is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET from Exploria Stadium. Coverage will be on each team’s local channel.
New York City entered the contest in third place in the Eastern Conference. New York City is 13-7-6 overall with 45 points. Orlando City, meanwhile, is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Orlando City is 10-10-6 with 36 points.
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New York City is coming off a 2-0 shutout victory vs. the host Chicago Fire on Aug. 21. Santiago Rodriguez paced New York City with a goal and an assist. Gabriel Pereira scored the other goal for New York City. New York City goalie Sean Johnson tallied his MLS-best 13th shutout of the season despite not recording an official save.
The victory snapped a three-match losing streak that included allowing at least three goals apiece.
Rodriguez earned a yellow card in the 72nd minute and will miss the contest vs. Orlando City because of card accumulation.
Pereira converted the first goal against outstretched Chicago goalie Gabriel Slonina on an assist from Rodriguez in the 16th minute. After Pereira took the ball away from Rafael Czichos around the top of the box, Rodriguez found the net in the 46th minute.
Orlando City most recently edged host Charlotte FC 2-1 on Aug. 21. Orlando City moved above the playoff line with the narrow victory. Tesho Akindele scored the deciding goal in the 89th minute on a breakaway pass from Junior de Almeida. It was Akindele’s first goal of the season.
Orlando City’s Ercan Kara began the scoring with a goal in the 62nd minute. Kara was assisted by Facundo Torres. Charlotte responded by tying the match four minutes later with a header goal by McKinze Gaines. Kamil Jozwiak used a floating cross to connect with Gaines for the goal.
Orlando City is now on a two-match winning streak after dropping two in a row.
New York City has scored 48 goals while allowing 30 for a difference of +18. New York City has amassed 31 assists. New York City ranks third in penalty kick goals (7) and attacking assists (259) and sixth in inside box goals (42). Defensively, New York City is first in clean sheet (13), and eighth in saves percentage (69.7), and headed duel percentage (51.0).
Valentine Castellanos is tops for New York City with 13 goals. Rodriguez leads New York City with nine assists, while also having three goals. Talles Magno is second on New York City in goals (6) and assists (6). Pereira, Heber, and Thiago all have six goals apiece. Maxi Moralez has also tallied six assists.
Orlando City has notched 30 goals while giving up 37 for a difference of -7. Orlando City has tallied 23 assists. Orlando City is tied for fourth in headed goals (7), tied for ninth in outside box goals (2) and is second to last in corners taken (108). Defensively, Orlando City is first in duel percentage (54.0), 18th in saves percentage (64.1), and 22nd in interceptions (225).
Kara is tops for Orlando City with eight goals. Mauricio Pereyra is first on Orlando City with six assists. Torres is second on Orlando City in goals (5) and assists (5). Alexandre Pato has also amassed five assists.
The MLS regular season will conclude on Oct. 9.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.