In their last league game, Orlando City needed a late equalizer after going a goal and a man down in their match against DC United. The good news is how they came from that brink of defeat to salvage a point, but the bad news is that their fans expected more from them after a very positive preseason. They now face their former manager, Adrian Heath and Minnesota United who would be focused on bouncing back from a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in their first game.
Stefano Pinho had a debut to remember when he rescued the Lions in their last game, however, Joe Bendick’s save to deny Darren Mattock from the penalty spot in the first half is one of the reasons why the Lions remained to get a point from that game.
Despite their squad depth, the Lions would still be without Sacha Kjelstan, PC and Pierre da Silva are all suspended for this game, while Dom Dwyer, Josue Colman, Uri Rosell, are also injury and fitness absentees.
This is Orlando’s second consecutive home game and Minnesota’s 2nd on the road.
Despite a late rally, Minnesota United were unable to salvage a point from their last game against the Earthquakes as they had already fallen to a 3 goals deficit. A pair of late goals from Kevin Molino was only able to see them lose 3-2, they would be looking to get back to winning ways here.
Going away two times should help them get a good head start to the season, but losing this game again would not help their confidence and coach Heath would be hoping to get a good result from his emotional return to the Orlando City Stadium.
The Loons also have an injury concern as Abu Danladi has a hamstring problem and would miss this game.
These two teams have met just once before, with Minnesota winning 1-0 at home last year.