Kaka and Orlando City Soccer Club visit Talen Energy Stadium to face a reeling Philadelphia Union tonight.
Philadelphia had rebounded from a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas to take a full six points from its next two games. The Uni0n’s form against the Columbus Crew (2-1 win) and New England Revolution (3-0 victory) did not carry over to their fourth game of the year.
A red card handed out to Warren Creavalle, who was already on a yellow card, would aid in the downfall of the Union against the Chicago Fire, as they lost 1-0 on a Kennedy Igboananike goal. Former Philadelphia midfielder Veljko Paunovic got his first win as a professional club head coach, as well as a full three points in his first match-up with the Union since his MLS return.
Orlando comes to Philadelphia possibly missing three starters, plus a Kaka who only came back from injury last week. Brek Shea received a retroactive red card for a tackle in Orlando’s 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers. Lions star striker Cyle Larin, last year’s Rookie of the Year award winner, is battling a hamstring injury, and Tommy Redding is still dealing with a head injury.
Despite injury and fitness concerns, Orlando is excited about the opportunity to play the Union in Philadelphia on a potentially cold and dreary night.
“I think it’s going to be about attitude,” Orlando head coach Adrian Heath said at his weekly press conference. “We proved on Sunday that we can come and play against anybody in the league – now can we do it again. We are going to be under pressure for large of periods of the game, but can we cope with it and can we go and play our football when we can.”
The Union have their own issues, as Creavalle receiving a ban means that head coach Jim Curtin will have to turn to one of two players: either Tranquillo Barnetta, who missed the first three games with arthritis issues, or Vincent Nogueira, who has only played once in 2016 due to his own injury problems.
Tune into Univision Deportes (nationally televised game – no MLS Live stream or regional sports programming available) at 7 p.m. to watch the Union host the Lions.