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Breaking Down the XI | New Faces Aplenty

Orlando City is set to take on the New York Red Bulls in their second away fixture of the young season. With a handful of injuries and national team call-ups, you’ll see a handful of new faces in the lineup tonight for the Lions.

In goal, Brian Rowe continues to hold the starting position. Rowe made eight saves last weekend against Montreal.

On the back line tonight, Robin Jansson will make his MLS debut. Acquired on March 12, Jansson should bring some much-needed stability to the Orlando City defense. He’ll be joined by Alex De John and Shane O’Neill.

In the midfield, both João Moutinho and Uri Rosell will start for the first time this season. Moutinho started 10 matches for LAFC last season as a rookie. Rosell started in 18 for the Lions last in 2018, accumulating 1,701 minutes. They will lineup alongside Carlos Ascues and Ruan.

In the forward three, Nani and Sacha Kljestan will pair up again and be joined by rookie Santiago Patiño, who will be making his first professional start. Patiño came off the bench last Saturday and assisted on the Lion’s lone goal of the match.

Starting XI: Rowe, Jansson, De John, O’Neill, Moutinho, Ascues, Rosell, Ruan, Kljestan, Nani (C), Patiño.

Bench: Ranjitsingh, Smith, Sané, Higuita, Dwyer, Mueller, Michel


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