Columbus Crew SC will be at home again this week to host Orlando City for the first of two regular season meetings between the Black & Gold and the Lions. Orlando comes to Columbus on the last stop of its three game stint on the road. Here are three things to know about Orlando before 7:30 kickoff on Saturday evening. TICKETS.
Orlando comes to Columbus with an array of talent. The Lion’s captain Kaká and striker Cyle Larin were recently named as members of the 2016 AT&T Major League Soccer All-Star game. Kaká is currently ranked sixth in the League for goals scored with nine on the season; in addition Larin has three goals. Alongside the All-Star duo is Orlando midfielder Kevin Molino — who follows Kaká with six goals and leads his team in assists with six on the season.
Struggles on the road
The last time the Lions walked away with a win and three points on the road this season was back on March 18 when Orlando traveled to Yankee Stadium and defeated NYCFC 1-0. It is no doubt that the Lions will come to MAPFRE Stadium hoping to snap its winless streak on the road.
Lone visit to MAPFRE Stadium
The matchup between the Black & Gold and the Lions is only the fourth meeting between the two clubs in history. In Orlando’s first and only visit to MAPFRE Stadium on April 18, 2015, the Lions walked away with nothing when they were shutout 3-0 by the Black & Gold. All time, Orlando City is 1-1-1 against Crew SC. The clubs met three times in 2015. The most recent meeting was on August 1, 2015 when Crew SC traveled to Camping World Stadium and was defeated 5-2 by the Lions.