Orlando City (12-8-9, 45 pts) will be out for revenge on Wednesday night, battling CF Montréal (11-10-8, 41 pts) at Exploria Stadium for the second time this year following the Canadian side’s 4-2 win last month. The match, presented by Fairwinds, is set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised locally on FOX35 PLUS and LionNation TV, with pre-game coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Local radio coverage will be available from 7 p.m. ET on Real Radio 104.1 in English and Acción 97.9 FM in Spanish.
Here’s everything you need to know about Montréal:
Key Transactions and Player News
Key Additions - Head Coach Wilfried Nancy (promoted), CAM Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), CB/LB Kamal Miller (Orlando City), CB Kiki Struna (Houston Dynamo), RW Joaquín Torres (Newell’s Old Boys, loan), LB Zorhan Bassong (Cercle Brugge), CF Bjørn Johnsen (Ulsan Hyundai), AM Matko Miljevic (Argentinos Juniors)
Key Departures - Head Coach Thierry Henry, F Bojan (Vissel Kobe), CB/RB Jukka Raitala (Minnesota United), CM Amar Sejdic (Atlanta United), CF Erik Hurtado (Columbus), GK Clement Diop (released)
News - Center forward Romell Quioto was on a tear for Montréal over the past month. The Honduran international had five goals in five matches from September 15 to October 2, including one against Orlando City. But Quioto suffered an injury against Atlanta on October 2 and missed out against Philadelphia this past Saturday. His status will be key for this Wednesday’s matchup.
Take a look at Montréal’s full roster here.
Steady as she blows for Montréal, who have remained right around the edge of the playoff line all season. Since defeating Orlando City last month, Montréal are 2-2-1, most recently rescuing a point at the death this past Saturday at home to Philadelphia. Summer signing Matko Miljevic scored in his first MLS start in place of the injured Quioto, playing as a false 9 in front of Djordje Mihailovic and Joaquín Torres.
Orlando City had a three-game winning streak against Montréal in all competitions snapped on September 15. Trailing 1-0 late in the first half, Orlando suffered a brutal double blow when Nani was sent off and Montréal scored their second goal immediately afterwards. The Lions would rally to tie the game in the second half, but Lassi Lappalainen would come off the bench to put Montréal ahead for good. Orlando is 6-7-2 overall against Montréal in all competitions.
Rasmussen University Fact
Orlando City and Montréal play twice over the final five games of the regular season. They are the only two teams from places two through 10 in the Eastern Conference standings with multiple games against the same opponent.