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MLS Preview: Orlando City Travels to Face New England Revolution on Saturday

Lions continue three-game road stint at league leaders

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC (10-7-8, 38 points) continues on the road this weekend, set to take on MLS-leading New England Revolution (18-4-5, 59 points) on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET with coverage set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX35 PLUS.

Saturday’s match, presented by Exploria Resorts, will also be available to stream on LionNation TV in addition to being transmitted on 96.9 The Game in English and Acción 97.9FM, 810AM in Spanish.

“Another opportunity for us to bounce back in terms of the results. Obviously we recognize that we haven’t had a good period here in the last two weeks, but now we’re going against a team who has done a good job so far and that just gives us the opportunity to have a result that can bring again our best hopes for the rest of the season,” Head Coach Oscar Pareja said ahead of the match. “We’re clear on that and New England is a team who has done a good job. They’re having a good moment, but for sure we’re going to be competing with optimism and the same state of mind of trying to get a result.”

The Lions enter the match after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park this past Sunday. Ruan scored the lone goal for the Lions in the match, serving as his second in as many matches for the Club. The side was reduced to 10 men late in the match, with Antonio Carlos being shown a red card, making him unavailable for Saturday’s fixture.

Nani leads the Lions with nine goals this season, set to return to the side after serving a one-game suspension this past week along with teammate Andrés Perea. Mauricio Pereyra leads the side with nine assists, having extended his team-high with the helper on Ruan’s finish in Philadelphia.

The Revs come into Saturday’s match after taking a 3-2 victory from the Chicago Fire at the midweek. A stoppage time game-winner from Carles Gil secured all three points for the Revs on the road, clinching them a spot in the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Gustavo Bou leads the Revolution with 12 goals this season, followed by Buksa with 11. Carles Gil leads all of MLS in assists in 2021, with 16 to his credit.

Following Saturday’s match, the Lions close out their three-game road trip with a visit to Nashville SC on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Nissan Stadium in an 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff on FOX35 PLUS.

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