Orlando City returns to MLS play, hosting Charlotte FC | OSJ Match Preview


Following Orlando City‘s midweek constest of the CONCACAF Champions League against Tigres, the Lions return to MLS play at home, hosting the winless Charlotte FC.

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

Charlotte come into this match at Exploria Stadium having only scored once this season, thanks to Enzo Copetti against St Louis CITY SC in the second game of the season. The Crown have also conceded seven goals through their first three games, which leads the league so far.

“We’ve played Charlotte before, so we know how we’d like to play against them,” Midfielder Cesar Araujo said before Friday’s training session. “We’ve been able to take good results so far this year, so that’s first and foremost in our minds to continue that. We’ll continue preparing and then look to take the three points. We’re expecting a great game.”

Training notes

Antonio Carlos has appeared on the bench over the last two matches, but has not gotten any minutes after coming back from a month of time missed with an injury. The expectation is to try to get him time soon, but most likely coming off the bench before a full start.

Almost all first-team players were at training on Friday, except for Shak Mohammed, Jack Lynn, Wilfredo Rivera, Alex Freeman, and Thomas Williams. Those players are expected to be playing with Orlando City B in a scrimmage leading up to their first game of the season next week.

Both Freeman and Favian Loyola have also been called up to the USMNT U-19s, while Williams and Mikey Halliday got the call for the USMNT U-20s for games from March 20-28.

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