You could say there is a lot of on the line this afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
Not only is Orlando City SC looking to extend their unbeaten streak to 19 games after starting the season 14-0-4, but Rochester is looking to become the first team to beat Orlando City this season — it would be the team’s first ever win over Orlando — in the third and final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs.
Today’s game will be live-streamed via YouTube.com/RocRhinos.
The Lions have not taken the field in a match since July 17, when they played to a scoreless draw with a tough Sacramento Republic FC side — the first time that the Lions have been held scoreless this season — so you can count on them being very well rested when they hit the field today in New York.
Orlando City saw their club-record eight-game winning streak come to an end with the draw against Sacramento, so they’ll be looking to start a new streak today.
With the seasons entering the final weeks, Orlando City had a chance to come into today’s game with a chance to become the first team in USL PRO this season to clinch a playoff spot, needing a win today, but because the Daytona Dutch Lions beat OKC Energy, 3-0, last night, that party has been put on hold for the time being.
Orlando’s No. 1 goalkeeper, Miguel Gallardo, has been putting together a season worthy of rewarding him a contract for the 2015 Major League Soccer season. Gallardo comes into the match on a four-game clean-sheet streak, with eight shutouts already posted this season.
Rochester enters the match in fifth place in the USL PRO table after taking seven points in their last seven matches, but won’y have an easy task ahead of them today with the Lions coming into town.
The Rhinos are 0-7-2 all-time against Orlando City, and have been outscored by the Lions 4-16. According to Orlando City PR, only three of Rochester’s 18 goals scored in 2014 have been scored by someone not listed as a forward on their roster.
Orlando and Rochester have already met twice this season. The Lions took the first meeting, 3-1, back on April 5 at ESPN Wide World of Sports, then were lucky enough to escape Rochester with a point on May 10, when they fell behind early and came back to tie the game late.