So We Meet Again
This time last season, the Lions and Red Bulls faced off in the fourth match of the year for both clubs at Orlando City Stadium. City claimed victory on the afternoon, with a 4-3 victory over RBNY that saw Dom Dwyer register a brace and a goal each from Will Johnson and Josué Colmán. The match served as the start of City’s Club-record six-game win streak that lasted through May 6, 2018.
On Saturday, rookie forward Santiago Patiño made his Club debut when he entered the match in the 74th minute. Patiño is now the 10th different Lion to make his Club debut in the 2019 season. The Orlando native and former Florida International University product recorded an assist on Dom Dwyer’s stoppage-time goal, becoming the second Lion to record an assist in his City debut this season, Nani being the first. Patiño is now the first player to graduate from Orlando City’s Developmental Academy to register an assist for the first team.
For Club & Country
Four City players have received call-ups to their respective national teams for this week’s FIFA international break. Midfielder Sebastián Méndez was called up for Ecuador for their friendlies against the USMNT on Thursday at Orlando City Stadium and against Honduras on Tuesday at Red Bull Arena.
Defender Kamal Miller received his first call up to the Canadian senior national team and will look to make his debut against French Guiana in Canada’s final CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match on Sunday in Vancouver. Midfielder Will Johnson was called up to the Canadian team as well, but will not be featured after suffering an injury in Saturday’s match.
Midfielder Cam Lindley is the last Lion to be featured for his national team, having received a call up to the U-23 U.S. national team for a pair of friendlies in Spain.
Facing a Former Lion
Saturday’s match will mark the first time City will face former Lion defender Amro Tarek. The Egyptian international was featured in 20 games for the Lions in 2018, with 19 starts while also registering a goal for the Club. Tarek has started one match for RBNY this season, playing the full 90.
- City’s next MLS win will be its 40th all-time.
- Dom Dwyer is one goal away from reaching 20 as a Lion in MLS. Dwyer has 38 overall goals for Orlando City including his first stint in USL Pro in 2013.
- Sacha Kljestan is one assist away from tying Cobi Jones for eighth in MLS history with 91. Jones played 62 more MLS games than Kljestan has to date (306 to 244). Kljestan is the active career assist leader in MLS.