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Match Preview: Orlando City to Host Reigning Eastern Conference Champions New England Revolution

ORLANDO – May 6, 2015 – Orlando City SC (2-4-2, 8 points) will face the reigning Eastern Conference Champions – the New England Revolution (5-2-2, 17 points) – at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Friday, May 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

The match will broadcast live nationally on UniMás and transmitted on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and La Grande 1030 AM in Spanish locally.

"We have a huge game on Friday against a team that's probably the most in-form side in the league," said Head Coach Adrian Heath. "We know it's going to be difficult, but the lads look fresh and we're actively preparing for the game on Friday."

Orlando City comes into the contest against New England after displaying one of the team's most successful attacking performances against Brazilian Serie A side Ponte Preta at the Citrus Bowl last weekend.

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After going down 1-0 early to the Brazilians, Orlando City scored two unanswered goals as Bryan Róchez and Sean St. Ledger scored their first goals in purple. After conceding an equalizer to Ponte Preta 10 minutes later, rookie forward Cyle Larin finished a penalty on the last play of the game in dramatic fashion. The penalty was Larin's second goal this season.

The fixture against the Revolution marks Orlando's first league match in 12 days, due to an MLS bye week last weekend.

One of the hottest teams in the league, the Revolution enters the game sitting in first place in the Eastern Conference. After losing their first two matches of the 2015 MLS campaign, New England has not suffered a defeat in its previous seven matches – including a convincing 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake and a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls most recently.

Highlighting New England's roster is MLS Designated Player and U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT) player Jermaine Jones, along with fellow USMNT teammates Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo.

Forward Charlie Davies currently leads the team in goals, scoring three goals in five starts.


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.