Mateos Weekend

An Eventful Weekend Ahead As the Lions Prep for NYCFC Next Friday

With the end of regular season play quickly approaching, the last Eastern Conference playoff moves closer to the Lions’ grasp. While Orlando City maintain their focus on winning their last two matches—NYC at home, Oct. 16, and Philadelphia away, Oct. 25—they still need some things to go their way elsewhere. The full breakdown of the playoff chase for Orlando City can be found here.

The Lions are neck and neck with Montréal after Orlando’s 2-1 victory at the Orlando Citrus Bowl last week. With Montréal’s condensed schedule due to games in hand, their players have been put to the test with a grueling travel and match itinerary.

While Orlando City are in the middle of a bye-week, fans had a lot to celebrate as the Impact lost 2-1 at Red Bull Arena Wednesday night, placing added pressure on the Canadian squad. Montréal are on the road again this weekend in Colorado.

A few key factors that Orlando City have in their favor when looking at the Impact’s next game include the suspension of Ambroise Oyongo following his red card in Harrison, and the fact that their star striker Didier Drogba played the whole 90 minutes against the Red Bulls, which will call his availability for this weekend’s match into question.

The Lions will welcome New York City FC to the Orlando Citrus Bowl in a crucial match-up on Oct. 16, and it is not a game to miss. Coach Adrian Heath stated, “There will be a special atmosphere in this stadium for the New York game.” Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and with the amount of support Orlando has received this season, the Citrus Bowl is expected to be electric as the Lions take the field. Tickets are still available here.

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UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Major League Soccer announced it will restart the 2020 season with all 26 MLS clubs competing in the MLS is Back Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida beginning July 8. Upon completion of the tournament, MLS plans to continue its regular season with a revised schedule in home markets. The revised schedule may see certain matches from the original 2020 MLS regular season schedule being cancelled or rescheduled. The final number of matches and the schedule for the remainder of the 2020 MLS regular season and related ticket policies will be announced in the coming weeks.