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New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC Pick & Prediction AUG 6th 2022

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Orlando City SC will welcome the New England Revolution to town Saturday night in a showdown of Eastern Conference teams looking to reverse their current misfortunes.

Both teams are on extended winless streaks and could use good performances to turn things around.

Orlando City (8-9-6, 30 points) lost to last-place D.C. United 2-1 on Sunday, extending their winless streak to four games. They have now lost two games in a row. Junior Urso gave them the lead in the ninth minute, but D.C. United both tied the game and scored the game-winner during second-half stoppage time.

The Lions, who are 5-6-0 at home, recognize the need to turn the tide after a disappointing result and run of form.

"It is another important week and another important match with it being tight in the standings," Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja said. "Surely, we have to recognize the importance of the moment to catch up with points. ... We still enter with motivation to get three points and be urgent."

Orlando City have added multiple players to their roster for the playoff push ahead of the MLS transfer deadline. In July they added forward Nicholas Gioacchini, member of the 2021 Gold Cup-winning U.S. men's national team late in July. Then, this week, they added midfielder Wilder Cartagena, who has spent time with Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese on Peru's national team.

New England (6-7-9, 27 points) is on a six-game winless streak after drawing Toronto FC 0-0 last Saturday. The Revolution have failed to score in back-to-back games, and the six-game streak is the longest under head coach Bruce Arena.

Goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic was key in preserving the late draw against Toronto with a penalty save in the last minutes of the game.

"Happy he's playing well," defender Brandon Bye said. "Obviously, the PK save was unbelievable."

New England was also active at the transfer deadline, bringing in reinforcements in the form of defender Christian Makoun from Charlotte FC, attacking midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shradi from Los Angeles FC and goalkeeper Clement Diop from Inter Miami.

The acquisition of Makoun is intended to help New England's defense, which has given up the sixth-most goals in the Eastern Conference (34) despite two straight clean sheets by Petrovic.

The Revolution (2-5-4 on the road) also traded away midfielder Sebastian Lletget to FC Dallas after they had acquired him this past offseason in a trade with the LA Galaxy.

--Field Level Media

New England Revolution vs. Orlando City SC Recap NOV 29TH 2020

Nani scored two goals and had an assist to rally host Orlando City SC to a 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Dom Dwyer also scored a goal for the Lions (9-13-9, 36 points), who trailed 3-1 after 41 minutes. Brian Rowe had four saves for Orlando City, which remained four points behind the seventh-place Revolution (10-10-10, 40) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Cristian Penilla and Gustavo Bou scored goals and Carlos Gil had two assists for New England, which also scored on an own goal by Orlando City midfielder Tesho Akindele. Matt Turner finished with four saves for the Revs, who picked up a point on eighth-place Montreal (11-16-4, 37) which was upset at home by FC Cincinnati 1-0.

New England took a 3-1 halftime lead, scoring its first goal in the 15th minute when Bou's crossing pass into the middle of the box deflected off the side of Akindele in the middle of the box and inside the right post for an own goal.

Nani tied it seven minutes later when he flicked a header from the edge of the six-yard box past Turner and inside the far corner of the net.

Penilla then put the Revolution back in front in the 35th minute with a brilliant one-touch off a long pass from Gil, looping the shot from outside the penalty box over an onrushing Rowe for his fifth goal of the season.

Bou made it 3-1 in the 41st minute with his seventh goal of the season, taking a pass from Gil at the top of the penalty box and then firing a right-footed shot under a defender and inside the left post.

Orlando City then scored two goals in the span of seven minutes early in the second half to tie it. The first came on a header by Dwyer inside the far post off a crossing pass from Nani in the 47th minute. It is Dwyer's sixth goal of the campaign.

Nani then got his brace in the 54th minute when he deked a defender at the top of the penalty box and then fired a left-footed shot inside the right post for his 12th goal of the season.

--Field Level Media
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