Although the MLS Injury Report lists Kaka as questionable for Orlando City’s upcoming clash against the New England Revolution, reports from the Orlando Sentinel claim that he should be ready to go. If those reports turn out to be true, that means that Orlando’s Head Coach Adrian Heath will have a full complement of players, besides young center back Conor Donovan, who’s sidelined with a long-term ACL injury, for just the second time this season.
The Lions have managed to earn 9 points from their first 7 games, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, all the while dealing with nagging injuries to crucial players like midfield maestro Kaka, sophomore striker Cyle Larin, and midfield enforcer Cristian Higuita. In fact those three players have only featured together in one game so far this season, the 4-1 demolition of the Portland Timbers, and even then Larin was taken off after just 24 minutes.
It will be interesting to see who Heath starts in the midfield as he has all of his options at his disposal. On one hand Darwin Ceren and Higuita have built a productive partnership, on the other you have Antonio Nocerino, who we know has the talent, but needs more time to get used to the physicality of MLS.
Most Orlando City fans can agree that in the last three games, even though there have been some tragic refereeing decisions go against us, the team has not played at the level we expect them to and needs to perform better collectively. I feel like the team feels this pressure as well and will come out on Saturday against a New England team that will only be on 2-days rest, and really take the game to them.