After a disappointing game against the Vancouver Whitecaps last week, Orlando City SC head to Canada to take on the Montreal Impact in their second away game of the season. Despite being without seven players due to international duty, the Lions should do well against a struggling Impact and with last week’s stomach bug behind them will be looking at scoring goals.
Orlando currently sits third in the Eastern Conference with 4 points; behind the two New York teams, New York City FC and NY Red Bulls.
Last week’s surprise finish aside there was a lot to look forward to, the Lions came close to scoring several times and one could speculate that with the more this team trains together and learns each other’s strengths and weaknesses the more goals will come from this growing relationship. Pedro Riberio and Kaká are strengthening their attacks each week and without a last minute slip-up on defense, Orlando could have easily gone on to gain one point in a draw last week.
Players to Watch:
Orlando City SC: Kaká, the former Ballon d’Or winner, did not receive a call-up for Brazil and will be one of the biggest strengths for Orlando with a core of Lions missing this weekend. His only goal for the team came from the season opener and he came very close to scoring several times last week. With Laurent Ciman, one of Montreal’s best defenders, away on international duty Kaká should have an easier time connecting with the goal.
Montreal Impact: This is tough because Ignacio Nacho Piatti is emerging as one of the best players on the Impact but might not be playing this weekend due to personal issues back home in Argentina. However if he is playing Orlando’s defense will need to pay attention to him, he’s a skilled goal scorer who is improving with every week since transferring last year from San Lorenzo.
What Needs To Happen To Win:
Orlando City SC: Score goals, plain and simple. An early concern entering this season was the inexperienced backline but the offense is the side that seems to need working on. Orlando wasted too many opportunities last week for goals and need to attack smarter if they want to start closing the gap for the top spot in the East.
Montreal Impact: Defend Orlando’s offensive attacks. Last week Vancouver parked the proverbial bus and made it impossible for Orlando to penetrate their defense. If Montreal concerns themselves with scoring and not defending they may find themselves on the other end of an unwanted counter attack.
Orlando’s Offense vs. Montreal’s Defense: This may seem obvious but this game will likely be an extended version of last week’s game. Head coach, Frank Klopas will have studied the game tape and figured out the best way to defeat Orlando is to sit back and defend with carefully constructed counters.
Orlando’s Starting XI will look different from weeks past, but should look something like this: