Orlando City heads on the road to face DC United | OSJ Match Preview


While much of Orlando City‘s focus will be on next week’s second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League against Tigres, the Lions take a business trip in between up to the nation’s capital to take on DC United on Saturday night.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and will stream on MLS Season Pass.

Four days after the final whistle blew in Mexico on Tuesday night and four days before the second leg, the Lions will take on a revitalized Black and Red side under Wayne Rooney. DC has not lost to Orlando under Rooney since he took over midseason last year.

“The approach we have is that we want to go to D.C. and get the three points,” defender Robin Jansson said on Thursday. “That’s the first thing we have in our minds and then we have Tigres [again] after that. But, the first main objective is to get three points against D.C. on the road. Right now we’re traveling a lot and have a tight schedule, so managing the squad and having everyone ready to be the next man up is very important and we need everyone to get in there and give everything.”

Lions Head Coach Oscar Pareja rotated his lineup against Cincinnati prior to the Champions League match, with the expectation to be similar this weekend.

Training notes

Antonio Carlos (leg injury) is no longer listed on the team’s injury report and was spotted at training on Thursday participating fully with the group. There is a possibility that he could see minutes on Saturday to help him get back into playing form.

Forward Ramiro Enrique, who left the Tigres game early, is also not listed on the injury report. Enrique was not spotted at training on Thursday, however the starters from the game in Mexico were inside doing recovery.

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