Second place in the Eastern Conference will be up for grabs on Thursday when Orlando City play host to the Philadelphia Union at Exploria Stadium. The Lions have lost two of their last three fixtures to drop into third in the east, while the Union scored early and late against DC United for a 2-1 win.
The Union sit one point and one place above Orlando City in the Eastern Conference standings. The last five head-to-head fixtures between Orlando City and Philadelphia Union have all ended with both teams scoring goals. Eight of the last ten matches for Orlando City ended with both teams scoring. For Philadelphia Union, 50% of the last ten games have also ended that way.
Philadelphia Union have lost only one of the last ten games they have played this MLS season. Orlando City have lost or drawn three of their last five fixtures they participated in. Philadelphia Union have won the last two away fixtures they have played against Orlando City, which was during the 2019 season.
With five wins from their previous 13 games against Orlando City, Philadelphia Union head into Thursday’s game as the slightly better side in the history of this fixture. The hosts have picked up three wins, while five games have ended all square.
Orlando have suffered their first real setback of the season, without a win in their last three fixtures, but with three games in just over a week beginning on Thursday, there is no time for them to feel sorry for themselves.
On Saturday one of the worst teams in MLS right now, Toronto FC, were a real handful for the Lions, who had to fight their way back from a goal behind, scoring with less than 20 minutes to play. Oscar Pareja has seen his team miss a pair of opportunities to move up the table, gaining only one out of a possible six points against two struggling sides in Toronto and the Chicago Fire.