Lions Host Unbeaten Richmond Kickers
After Open Cup exit, Orlando look to continue their unbeaten run at home Saturday
ORLANDO, Fla. — After suffering a 5-1 defeat to Major League Soccer (MLS) side Chicago Fire Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the US Open Cup, Orlando City SC (10-1-2) returns to regular season action against the Richmond Kickers (7-0-5) on Saturday, June 29, at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
The Kickers sit in third place in the league table, six points below league-leaders Orlando City (32 points). Richmond is led by Midfielder Joseph Ngwenya who has seven goals in 10 games played in 2013 for the Kickers. Entering the second half of the season, Richmond will have to play a majority of their matches on the road- with 12 of their first 14 games occurring at City Stadium. The two teams have not met this season, with Orlando holding 3-1-1 advantage all-time against Richmond.
The Lions recently picked up Brazilian Defender Renan Boufleur on loan from Phoenix FC, who will be available for selection Saturday night. Orlando will be without the services of league-leading scorer Dom Dwyer, as he was called back to Major League Soccer (MLS) affiliate Sporting Kansas City Thursday morning. Dwyer holds the league all-time single season scoring record with 15 goals through 13 games played.
Orlando is currently on a 25 game regular season home-unbeaten streak at Fifth Third Bank Field at the Citrus Bowl, with their last loss coming to Antigua Barracuda in June of 2011.
Source: Orlando city Soccer Media