By The Numbers: Open Cup Round of 16

By The Numbers: Open Cup Round of 16

8 – Opening round wins

Orlando City got off to a promising start in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last week, defeating Memphis 901 FC 3-1 in Tennessee. Going back to their time in USL, Orlando City have won their opening round game in 8 out of 9 U.S. Open Cups. The Lions have never lost an away game to start an Open Cup.

4 – PK attempts

Orlando City have had a penalty kick attempt in each of their last four games, marking the longest streak in club history. Nani took the first three, officially converting just one, though he slotted home a rebound against Cincinnati. Sacha Kljestan scored against Memphis in Nani’s absence. The Lions’ previous high was three games in a row from May 17-30, 2015.

5 – International absent

Orlando City are well-represented at this summer’s international tournaments. Five Lions are participating in the CONCACAF Gold Cup—Canada’s Will Johnson and Kamal Miller, Honduras’ Danilo Acosta, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Greg Ranjitsingh. Orlando also have star midfielder Sebas Mendez at Copa America for Ecuador. None of these players will be available for the Open Cup clash against New England.

1-1 – Against Bruce Arena

Orlando City have faced Bruce Arena twice in their history, once in each of his last two years with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Lions gave Arena a particularly rude welcome to Orlando in 2015, destroying the Galaxy 4-0 behind goals from Eric Avila, Cyle Larin, Kaka, and Darwin Ceren. Orlando would fall to Arena’s Galaxy in Los Angeles in 2016.

1-0 – Arena at Exploria

Interestingly, Arena has coached at Exploria Stadium once before, but not in MLS. He led the USMNT into its penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Panama in Orlando in October 2017. The Americans ran away with a comfortable 4-0 victory in front of a raucous Orlando crowd in what would ultimately be Arena’s final USMNT win—the team failed to qualify after losing in shocking fashion against Trinidad & Tobago four days later. 

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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.