Monday, October 3, 2022

MLS Preview: Los Angeles Football Club (3-0-1) at Orlando City SC (2-1-2)

This will be the first meeting between Orlando City and Los Angeles FC since Orlando knocked LAFC out of the MLS is Back Tournament on penalties in the quarter final. LAFC is unbeaten in its two regular season matches against the Lions (W1 D1) including a 2-2 draw in Orlando in 2019.

Orlando City collected four points in two games on the west coast at LA Galaxy and Portland and return home, where it lost its last match at Exploria Stadium to FC Cincinnati. Orlando hasn’t lost consecutive home matches since May-July 2019 against the Galaxy and Union.

Los Angeles FC’s 10 points through four matches equals the best start in club history, matching the total at this stage of the 2019 season. Over the last four seasons, LAFC has lost just once in its first four games of a season (W9 D6 L1).

Júnior Urso scored Orlando’s lone goal in its 1-1 draw with Portland on Sunday, the second time Urso has scored this season, and the second the Lions failed to win (loss vs. FC Cincinnati). Entering this season, Orlando had won all seven matches in which Urso had scored.

Ryan Hollingshead scored twice for LAFC against Vancouver on March 20, scoring multiple goals in a match for the first time in his MLS career in his 208th match (incl. playoffs). Only six players waited longer before scoring their first MLS brace, most recently Shea Salinas, who did so in his 293rd game in 2019.

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