XI TOR Breakdown

Breaking Down the XI | Formation Change in Toronto

Orlando City has made the trip to Canada is ready to take on Toronto FC in a crucial matchup in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.

James O’Connor will deploy a 4-2-3-1 tonight, a formation not often seen from Orlando City in 2019.

In goal, do we even need to mention it anymore, it’s the sturdy Brian Rowe making his 23rd start of the season.

Ahead of him, there are a few changes in the backline. With João Moutinho out due to injury, Kamal Miller will fill in at left back. The rookie center back has played the position well this season in limited duty. The center pairing will look familiar with Robin Jansson and Lamine Sané. To their right, Kyle Smith will fill in for Ruan, who is on the bench tonight. Ruan has logged about a million miles on the right flank this season, so my guess is this is a precautionary move.

In the defensive midfield, Carlos Ascues and Uri Rosell should provide a great link to City’s attack.

In front of them, Chris Mueller, Nani, and Robinho will look to lead the charge. Nani will play in the hole and look to dictate Orlando’s tempo. Tonight will be Robinho’s second start for City after being acquired from Columbus.

Up top, Dom Dwyer will be isolated and look to take advantage of space created in the midfield.

Watch tonight’s match LIVE on My65 or Youtube TV if you are in the Orlando Metro area, or on ESPN + nationally.

Starting XI presented by Orlando Health: Rowe, Miller, Jansson, Sané, Smith, Ascues, Rosell, Mueller, Nani, Robinho, Dwyer.

Bench: Akindele, Kljestan, Michel, O'Neill, Powers, Ranjitsingh, Ruan


UPDATE: March 19, 2020 - In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations..