Orlando City hosts the hot Philly in the US Open Cup – Orlando Sentinel

Orlando City didn’t have time to reflect on their loss last Saturday.

Just three days after a 4-1 loss at CF Montreal, the Lions are back home with the MLS Eastern Conference’s best team, the Philadelphia Union. However, Tuesday’s 7pm game will be in the round of 32 for the US Open Cup. If Orlando wins, the Lions have three more games to win before reaching the championship game later in the year.

“There’s a responsibility that we have as a group, whether that’s the players or the coaches. We must move on and prepare for the next; that’s our job,” said coach Oscar Pareja after Saturday’s game. “We have to prove that we are not the team we presented in our last game and we have to turn the tide. Our focus is on Philadelphia with this game coming up in the middle of the week and we need to be prepared for that.”

Orlando won its first match of the tournament on April 20 when Alexandre Pato and Junior Urso led the Lions to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship.

This is the first time the Lions and Union will meet this year, with two league games coming up in July and September. Orlando defeated Philly one of the two times they met in the league last year, winning their home fight 2-1.

With both teams just playing this weekend, you can expect wildly different lineups for Orlando and Philly. During his weekly media availability, Union coach Jim Curtin said at least seven bench players would start Tuesday night against Orlando.

“This is an opportunity where that depth will be tested,” Curtin said. “You’ll see some guys present themselves for more minutes.”

Orlando is having to shrug off its recent performances, including two of its last three games losing by three goals each.

“We have to think, ‘I want to win; this is my food. And that’s what we’re hungry for,'” midfielder Urso said last week. “Let’s try to do our best on the field. This is our dream. Let’s prove to everyone that we can be at the top in the final.”

The Lions also saw the debut of new midfielder Jake Mulraney on Saturday, coming on for Benji Michel in the 57th minute. Mulraney was acquired by Atlanta United last Thursday for $200,000 in general allotment money spread over the next two years.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Mulraney said after the game. “When I heard I was being traded to Orlando, I was immediately excited. I can already see the cohesion in the team in the training room, which makes me happy.”

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