OCB Preview Montreal

OCB Visits FC Montreal for Second Meeting of Season

MELBOURNE, Fla. (June 24, 2016) – Following Sunday’s 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls II, Orlando City B (5-6-3, 18 points) heads to Canada to face FC Montreal (2-11-1, 7 points) on Sunday, June 26, at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. E.T. The match will be streamed live at www.OrlandoCitySC.com/LIVE.

“I think you can be easily fooled by looking at the league table and thinking that Montreal is going to be an easy game, because it won’t be. We’ve watched their last three games, they’ve got bright, sharp, technical players, especially in forward areas that are a threat and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them. It won’t be an easy game at all,” OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis said. “Having said that, we’re on a good run ourselves. We’ve been playing well so hopefully we can keep that going now and go get a positive result.”

In their last fixture, OCB used a late goal to tie the second-place New York Red Bulls II. Devron García scored his first goal for the Lions in the 17th minute before New York took the lead going into halftime. Orlando City Designated Player Bryan Róchez entered the game in the 86th minute and needed only one minute to find Pierre Da Silva for the 2-2 equalizer.

Michael Cox leads the team with five goals and 10 shots on goal, while 2016 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick Hadji Barry has three goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Mark Ridgers leads the United Soccer League (USL) with 45 saves.

FC Montreal is coming off a 3-2 win at the Harrisburg City Islanders with Mastanabal Kacher scoring the opening goal in the 30th minute. Zachary Sukunda scored his first professional goal just six minutes before Anthony Jackson-Hamel made it 3-0.

Jackson-Hamel leads Montreal with three goals and one assist. Kacher, David Choinière and Alessandro Riggi have one assist each. Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau is second in the USL with 43 saves.

This is the second meeting of the season between these teams. On May 1, Lewis Neal found Cox in the 37th minute for the game’s only goal as Ridgers made five saves in his second clean sheet of the season.

The Lions return to Titan Soccer Complex on Saturday, July 2, when they host the Charlotte Independence. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T.

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UPDATE: August 8, 2020 – Major League Soccer unveiled the framework of a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the League’s 25th season continuing in the home markets of the 26 clubs beginning August 12. At this time, MLS has announced the initial phase of the revised schedule through September 20 and plans to announce the balance of the regular season schedule by early September. Attendance at matches will be determined by MLS and club leadership in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.