Jun 17, 2014; Commerce City, CO, USA; Members of both the Orlando City FC and Colorado Rapids march onto the field before the start of the match at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando City SC hosts Sao Paulo FC in friendly at ESPN Wide World of Sports


Time to take another break from World Cup action as Orlando City SC is set to host Brazilian super-club Sao Paulo FC in a friendly tonight at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

The Lions are coming off of their worst game of the season this past Tuesday in Colorado, when in front of a crowd of couple hundred people, at best, City was overcome by the high altitudes in a troubling 5-2 loss to Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids in a game that ousted from the 2014 US Open Cup in just the fourth round.

Adama Mbengue and Luke Boden were the two goal scorers for City in that match. Mbengue put the Lions ahead with a 1-0 lead about midway through the first half with a sweet left-footed strike past the Rapids’ goalie. And Boden put himself on the score sheet late in the game, using his head to knock in a goal off of a corner kick.

Overall, it was a terribly played game by the Lions, who struggled to maintain possession of the ball, and also struggled to defend properly against the Colorado attack.

The task tonight, however, will be just as tough with City welcoming Sao Paulo to Orlando. Tonight’s game was just made even more interesting due to the fact that Kaka appears to be on his way to Orlando City, as the club confirmed this morning that they are in “advanced talks” with the Brazilian midfielder, and according to other reports, Kaka will be loaned off to Sao Paulo to play there before the MLS season starts in spring.

As for the Sao Paulo club, which is here in Florida to further expand its brand and maintain fitness during the league break for the World Cup, will come in sporting talented players such as forwards Luis Fabiano and Alexander Pato, midfielders Ganso and Denilson in front of goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni.

Fabiano will be dangerous scoring threat to watch at the top of the field, having found the back of the net four times through his first nine games this season, while Pato and Ganso have each notched a pair of goals.

According to an Orlando City press release, tonight’s game will NOT be stream live in YouTube, but it will be aired live on television in Brazil via prominent sports networks, SporTV 2 and ESPN Brasil. Scheduled for kick-off is at 8 p.m. ET. So your best chance of watching this game is head out to ESPN WWoS tonight. Hurry up, though, because tickets are scarce.


Tags: Major League Soccer Orlando City SC Sao Paulo FC

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