ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City B can clinch a playoff berth, while the New York Red Bulls II will regain control of their playoff destiny with a win when the two USL Eastern Conference playoff contenders square off on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium in one of the biggest games in the penultimate weekend of the regular season. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Orlando City B news and notes
Current record: 10-8-12, 42pts
Orlando moved into the playoff positions with a 1-0 win against the Richmond Kickers last Sunday for its second consecutive victory, and second on the road at City Stadium this season.
OCB's goal came through Hadji Barry in the 80th minute for his team-leading ninth goal of the season before a red card for the Kickers' Oscar Umar in the 90th minute helped Orlando to the win.
Orlando enters the weekend in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and a victory on Saturday would clinch a playoff berth as it sits one point ahead of the Red Bulls II with two games to go.
OCB has struggled on home turf this season, however, with only three of its 10 victories coming at Orlando City Stadium. Orlando took a 2-1 win in its last home game against the Charleston Battery on Sept. 23, however, as Lewis Neal scored a late winner.
New York Red Bulls II news and notes
Current record: 12-12-5, 41pts
The Red Bulls II suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Wednesday night at Al Lang Stadium to open its crucial two-game trip to Florida.
After opening the scoring through a well-worked goal by Stefano Bonomo in the 16th minute, NYRB II conceded three straight to go into the break 3-1 down. A goal by Junior Flemmings in the 54th minute gave New York hope until a second yellow card to Jordan Scarlett reduced the visitors to to 10 men with just under half-an-hour to go, and the Rowdies held firm to take victory
New York's pair of goals against the Rowdies extended its current run of two-goal games to seven, as the side reached 50 goals this season in Wednesday night's contest.
The Red Bulls II cannot clinch a place in the playoffs on Saturday night, with with a win would go into its final game of the regular season against the Rochester Rhinos in control of its playoff destiny.
Orlando – GK: Earl Edwards, Jake Fenlason; D: Seb Hines, Kevin Alston, Conor Donovan, Rafael Ramos, Zach Hayden-Ellis, Jules Youmeni, PC, Scott Thomsen, Zach Carroll, Fernando Timbo, Leonardo Pereira; M: Richie Laryea, Tony Rocha, Lewis Neal, Danny Deakin, Jordan Schweitzer, Paul Clowes, Austin Martz, Ryley Kraft, Pierre Da Silva; F: Hadji Barry, Albert Dikwa, Ben Polk, Joe Gallardo, Michael Cox
New York – GK: Rafael Diaz, Evan Louro, Sam Ilin; D: Gideon Baah, Jordan Scarlett, David Najem, Tim Schmoll, Andrew Lombard, Hassan Ndam, David Abidor, Jordan Bailon, Noah Powder, Ethan Kutler; M: Dan Metzger, Arun Basuljevic, Florian Valot, Dilly Duka, Andrew Tinari, Ben Mines, Kazu Shigenobu, Junior Flemmings, Zaire Bartley, Vincent Bezecourt, John Murphy; F: Stefano Bonomo, Douglas Martinez
Orlando – Accumulation warning: Seb Hines, Richie Lareya, Zach Carroll
New York – Suspended: Jordan Scarlett; Accumulation warning: David Abidor, Dan Metzger
REF: GUIDO GONZALES JR
AR1: Francesco Terranova
AR2: Jonathan Quinter
4TH: Albert Escovar
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