XI Breakdown OC

Breaking Down the XI | A-Team for Open Cup

It’s Wednesday night in the City Beautiful and Orlando City is set to take on NYCFC in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals. James O’Connor isn’t holding back and has deployed a first choice lineup for the matchup.

In back, Adam Grinwis will get the start. Grinwis has performed exceptionally in the Open Cup, making some acrobatic saves in his two starts, and will have a chance to build on that tonight.

In front of him, Kyle Smith, Robin Jansson, Lamine Sané, and Ruan will man the backline. Left back João Moutinho is still nursing an injury and won’t return until at least this weekend against Columbus.

In the midfield we see the familiar trio of Will Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, and Sebas Méndez.

Up top, Nani, Tesho Akindele, and Chris Mueller will form the attack. This will be Nani’s first career U.S. Open Cup start.

Starting XI presented by Orlando Health: Grinwis, Smith, Jansson, Sané, Ruan, Johnson, Kljestan, Méndez, Nani, Akindele, Mueller.

Bench: De John, Dwyer, Michel, Patiño, Powers, Rosell, Rowe


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.