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Match Preview: Orlando City Looks to Climb to the Top of The Eastern Conference with Win over D.C. United

ORLANDO – April 2, 2015 – Orlando City SC (1-1-2, 5 points) will aim to conquer its first win at home during its inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season when the Lions return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Friday, April 3, to take on D.C. United (2-1-0, 6 points). Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Tickets for City's fixture are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY. The match will also be broadcast nationally on UniMas and Univision Deportes.

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"D.C. are a really experienced team. They have five or six players over 30 years of age who know the league inside and out," said head coach Adrian Heath. "They've gone from being the worst team in the league two years ago to having the most points in the Eastern Conference last season, so they've obviously brought some good players in who are very experienced. But, I watched their game against LA and I thought that we match up quite well in certain areas. We know that it's going to be difficult, we know that we'll have to play well to get a result, but I honestly think that we can go and get a win on Friday."

Orlando enters the game against Eastern Conference foes D.C. United after an inspiring comeback effort against the Montreal Impact to produce a 2-2 draw on the road, despite missing seven players due to international call ups and several more to injuries.

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City fell behind early on in the match when Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney converted for the Canadians. However, Orlando's Brazilian pairing up front yielded dividends as Pedro Ribeiro and Kaká both scored in a two-minute span to level the scoreline.

Currently sitting in fourth place, a win against D.C. would place Orlando atop the Eastern Conference tables.

D.C. United sits in second place in the east, after defeating reigning MLS Cup Champions LA Galaxy at home for the first time since 2008, stemming from a dramatic finish from veteran striker Chris Pontius. United's sole loss this season occurred during their only road game so far, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.


UPDATE: April 17, 2020 - Based on the most recent government guidance, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches until at least June 8. Major League Soccer remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season, and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December or later. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations.