Live Blog: Orlando City vs. DC United

Orlando City SC looks for its first win in the month of May as the Lions host D.C. United to start a four-game home stretch.

Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin celebrates after a goal during a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Photo by Mark Thor / Orlando City SC)

Tonight’s starting lineup. Rafael Ramos is on the bench. Tony Rocha is on the bench, too. He’s played three minutes for City so far this season.

Forecast for tonight’s game.

(Going to get ready to leave for the stadium now. See everyone at the game!)

In terms of goal-scoring, City’s leader in that category, Cyle Larin, has only scored one goal in the past seven games. Kreis was quick to make sure fans and media alike don’t fret over this.

When you score seven goals in seven games, we don’t bring him to the side and put him up on a pedestal and tell him how great he is. So when he goes one goal in seven games, we don’t put him down and tell him what a nasty, little boy he is. We say, “Continue to work the way you have, and the goals will come.” He’s getting chances. We’re getting lots of goal-scoring chances. We’re doing a lot of things right. At the moment, we’re a little unfortunate to not make the plays at the most critical moments.

Here’s our full story with quotes from Ramos himself (and a cool graphic one of our guys made).

Rafael Ramos Is Confident After 1st Full Game

As for the good news, right-back Rafael Ramos is healthy. He posted a tweet last night which hinted at him being with the first team for tonight’s match.

With regard to injury news, there’s good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad: Team captain Ricardo Kaká is out with an injury for tonight’s match, per Kreis. Here’s Orlando Sentinel beat writer Alicia DelGallo with the details.

Let’s get started with our latest edition of Notes & Quotes. Media had access to head coach Jason Kreis and midfielders Will Johnson and Servando Carrasco.

Here’s what Carrasco had to say about turning around City’s misfortune as of late.

I think we’re very hungry. I think we’re ready to kinda change this script. And look, these two games at home are gonna be huge.

I’m going to start the live blog a little early today. We’re about three hours from kickoff. Check out some of the storylines entering this midweek matchup against D.C. United.


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