Semi Starters

Breaking Down the XI | Semifinal Starters

It’s the Semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup and Orlando City will square off against Atlanta United at Exploria Stadium.

James O’Connor has thrown out a first choice lineup in pursuit of a trip to the final.

In goal, Adam Grinwis will continue his magical Open Cup run. City’s second-year keeper has made miraculous saves throughout the tournament, including the team’s PK shootout against NYCFC.

In front of him is the standard four of João Moutinho, Robin Jansson, Lamine Sané and Ruan. The backline lead the Lions to a clean sheet against FC Dallas on the weekend.

In the midfield, Will Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, and Sebas Méndez will lead the charge.

Up top, it’s the attacking trio of Nani, Dom Dwyer, and Tesho Akindele. With Chris Mueller and Benji Michel available from the bench, look for high pressure from this group all match.

Starting XI Presented by Orlando Health: Grinwis, Moutinho, Jansson, Sané, Ruan, Johnson, Kljestan, Méndez, Nani, Dwyer, Akindele.

Bench: De John, Michel Mueller, O’Neill, 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.