Orlando City SC vs. Philadelphia Union
|Date & Time||Friday April 8, 2016, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: ORLANDO CITY SC +230 / PHILADELPHIA UNION +124 -- Over/Under: 2.5
UniMás, MLS LIVE
The Philadelphia Union and Orlando City SC meet Friday night at the Talen Energy Stadium.
The Philadelphia Union are off to an OK 2-2 start this season that is led by their defense. The Union have allowed one or less goals in their last three matches and two or less goals in 10 of their last 12 regular season matches overall. Offensively, the Union have four different players with at least three shots on goal this season. C.J. Sapong leads the Union with two goals, Chris Pontius has one assist and Roland Alberg has eight shots. Defensively, Andre Blake has come away with 17 saves on 21 shots faced. The Philadelphia Union have won three straight regular season home games.
The Orlando City SC are off to an impressive start after picking up points in all four matches this season. Orlando is getting it done with a defense that’s allowed just two goals in its last three matches and just five goals in its last five matches overall. Offensively, Orlando City SC has three players with at least three shots on goal. Cyle Larin leads Orlando with three goals, Kaká has two assists and Kevin Molino has 10 shots. Defensively, Joe Bendik has come away with 11 saves on 15 shots faced. The Orlando City SC have won three of their last four regular season road games.
Orlando City SC was shutout by Philadelphia in both meetings last season. The first match resulted in a draw, and the Union beat Orlando City 1-0 back in October.
You have to be impressed with the way Orlando City SC has played this season, but this team hasn’t had any success against the Union so far, and it’s not going to be easy playing them on the road. I think the Union pull this out and give Orlando its first loss of the young season.