Breaking Down the XI | The Marathon Begins

It’s the first of a historically busy stretch for Orlando City and James O’Connor has named his XI to represent the Lions in the Nation's Capital.

In goal, Brian Rowe will start for the fourth consecutive league match. He’ll be backed up by Mason Stajduhar who was recalled from loan earlier this week.

The backline will consist of Kyle Smith, filling in for the injured João Moutinho, Robin Jansson, Lamine Sané, and Ruan. Smith appeared as a substitute in Orlando City’s last two matches and last started against Seattle on May 15th.

In the midfield, Carlos Ascues, Sacha Kljestan, and Dillon Powers will team up. Powers has played only 90 MLS minutes this season, all of which came in his start against Seattle. His recent strong performance in the U.S. Open Cup should set him up for success in D.C.

Up top, Nani, Tesho Akindele, and Chris Mueller will lead the attack.

Starting XI presented by Orlando Health: Rowe, Smith, Jansson, Sané, Ruan, Ascues, Kljestan, Powers, Nani, Akindele, Mueller.

Bench: Acosta, De John, Michel, O'Neill, Patiño, Rosell, Stajduhar.


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.