Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Match Preview | Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union (Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic)

Courtesy of OCSC 

By Mike Gramajo

Orlando City SC will kickoff their run in the 2014 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic when they meet the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday (7:00 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports). 

“Over the years, the one thing that we’ve proved to MLS teams is that we’ve always been competitive with them, and we expect to do that again,” OCSC head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “We are always a little bit behind them (MLS teams) in terms of numbers and training time, but I’m still looking for an improved performance from our previous two matches.”      

After having a successful MLS SuperDraft, the Union are entering Wednesday night’s clash as heavy favorites, lining up stars such as Jack McInerney and USMNT star Maurice Edu, who recently joined the club on-loan from Stoke City. 

Despite having already and up and down 2014 preseason, the Union will also enter their match against Orlando having never beaten the Lions, drawing twice and falling once to Adrian Heath’s men. Both the Union and Lions played to a 1-1 draw in last year’s Disney Pro Soccer Classic opener. 

Darwin Ceren and Yordany Alvarez are once again expected to make the start in the midfield, while Heath is expected to start both forwards Dennis Chin and Corey Hertzog. 

The week long tournament will see Orlando also line up against Toronto FC and Columbus Crew. 

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What do you think the outcome will be? Do you think Orlando can pull an upset? Can the Union show their preseason dominance? 

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