Preview: Orlando City look to snap losing skid against in-form Nashville


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Just days after losing their fourth match in a row, Orlando City comes into Wednesday night’s match looking to right the ship as they head into the final stretch of the season. In their path stands one of the more in-form teams in the Eastern Conference, Nashville SC, who currently sit in 2nd in the standings.

Kickoff for tonight’s game at Nissan Stadium is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX35+ and LionNation.

“It is a team that has confidence, a team that has gotten good results,” coach Oscar Pareja said of Nashville. “We are now with an urgency that is obvious, trying to get out of this moment.”

Nashville (11-12-3, 45 points) are coming off a scoreless draw in Chicago against the fire, their league-leading 12th draw of the season. Prior to that match, the 2020 expansion side had won its last four of five matches played.

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Orlando (10-8-8, 38 points) will be missing starting defender Robin Jansson, who will miss the match due to yellow card suspension. Starting centerback Antonio Carlos will return from his red card suspension he received during their match against the Philadelphia Union.


Injuries: Both Chris Mueller and Joey DeZart will be game time decisions for the match. Mueller, who has had tightness in his quads, did not train on Monday. As for DeZart, he also did not train Monday with hamstring tightness. Alexandre Pato and Uri Rosell remain out with injuries. Rosell has been in and out of the lineup this year, which has been “frustrating” for Oscar Pareja. Pato, meanwhile, has not played since the first week of the MLS season, suffering setbacks with different injuries following his surgery in March. “Obviously, I want him to be back and I’m still hoping that he can come in and help us,” Pareja said of Pato, “But this season is strong, and there’s less games now, but we’re waiting.”

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