Orlando City B (12-10-3, 40 points) at New England Revolution II (14-5-7, 45 points)
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.
_TV: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (subscription required)
A Race For the Boot
In Orlando City B’s last match, forward Jack Lynn recorded his 16th and 17th goals of the season, surpassing his total of 15 from 2022 and bringing his total across the last two seasons to 32. Lynn’s 17 goals in 2023 also means that he now leads the race for the MLS NEXT Pro Golden Boot, tied with NYCFC II’s Matt Myers.
Closing in on History
With three games left in the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro regular season, Orlando City B is looking to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the Club’s young history. The Lions currently sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are seven points above the playoff line, with nine points available in the last three games of the year. OCB is set to face NE Revolution II (qualified), Chicago Fire FC II (above the line) and FC Cincinnati 2 (eliminated) in its last games of the regular season.
Orlando City B’s goalkeeper Javier Otero saved yet another penalty kick in the Lions’ last match against Crown Legacy FC, making the save in the 73rd minute of the match. Otero has now made four penalty-kick saves in regulation on the year and has seen an additional two penalties missed by the opposition when they have stepped up to the spot against him.
Tablante Makes His Mark
Orlando City B forward Moises Tablante made his mark on OCB’s last match, entering the game as a second-half substitute in the 52nd minute. Tablante made a near-immediate impact, providing the assist on the Lions’ first goal of the night off a corner kick. 12 minutes later he sent in a cross off another corner that found its way to Lynn for his second goal, despite not being credited with the assist. And four minutes after that he let loose a screamer from outside the box that kept rising all the way into the upper 90.