Lions to Face Philadelphia Union at Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday City seeks valuable points as playoff race heats up


banner1Orlando City SC (7-10-6, 27 points) will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl for its third match in eight days when the Lions face the Philadelphia Union (6-13-4, 22 points) on Saturday, August 8. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

The match will mark the first-ever meeting between both clubs in league play. Tickets are available and can be purchased by visitingwww.OrlandoCitySC.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY.

The match will broadcast live on MY 65 and Sun Sports. In addition, the game will be transmitted in English on Real Radio 104.1 FM and in Spanish on La Grande 1030 AM.

“The mood in the camp has been really good. We’ve had a good chat about the importance of the game tomorrow,” said head coach Adrian Heath. “If we do get a win, it will be six points in the last three games – two points a game – which is what we always aim for. They (Philadelphia) have had some good results of late. They didn’t have the best of starts, but they’ve gradually picked up points along the way. Barnetta is a quality player, and he will certainly help them.”

In Orlando City’s previous fixture at the Citrus Bowl, the team showcased an electrifying performance for its supporters – delivering its highest goal-scoring production in a single game this season as the Lions defeated Columbus Crew SC 5-2.

Rookie Cyle Larin scored twice in the game, along with Aurélien Collin, Darwin Cerén and Cristian Higuita, who recorded his first career goal with the Lions in the victory.

Coming off a midweek loss to Toronto FC, Orlando City heads into Saturday’s game against the Union, aiming for three points as the Lions continue their quest to secure a playoff berth in this expansion campaign.

Currently sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference, the Union enter the match riding a three game losing streak – suffering defeats to Toronto FC, D.C. United and most recently the New York Red Bulls.

The Union also have the second worst away record in the league, winning one out of 11 matches played on the road (1-8-2). However, Philadelphia recently signed Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta, bringing over 75 games of international experience within the side.

C.J. Sapong has been the team’s top-scorer this season, leading the squad with seven finishes.

To purchase group or individual tickets, or to purchase 2016 Season Tickets and take advantage of preferred pricing before August 14, visit www.OrlandoCitySC.com or call 855-ORL-CITY.

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