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Orlando City starting XI gets overhaul ahead of match against Chicago Fire

Jason Kreis instructs rookie Chris Mueller (left) and Tony Rocha during a training session. (Jordan Culver-Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando City vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30

Where: Orlando City Stadium

Watch: WRDQ TV27

The Buzz:  Orlando City (6-4-1, 19 points) looks to end a two-match losing streak with the Chicago Fire (3-6-2, 11 points), another club riding its own two-match losing streak. … The Lions will be without the services of midfielder Yoshi Yotún and centerback Amro Tarek, who are both gone for international duty. … Uri Rosell started in place of Yotun against Toronto, while Chris Schuler could get his second start of the season with centerback Jonathan Spector still out (concussion). … Dom Dwyer remains questionable.  … The Fire have lost three of their last four games. … Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez recently held a media round table and said he hasn’t lost faith in the club, despite its poor start to the season. … The Fire have a laundry list of injured players, and most recently lost defender Matt Polster to an MCL injury. 

Match-day injury announcements

Centerback Lamine Sané sustained a lower body injury in training earlier this week and is day to day. Right back Will Johnson is out sick. 

Players to watch

Cristian Higuita: Higuita has been more hot than cold recently — aside from the Atlanta United match. When he plays well, good things happen for the Lions. 

Chris Schuler: He’s now the veteran centerback with Sané, Spector and Tarek all out. 

Josué Colmán: He’s starting and he’s playing up top. A good chance for the young designated player to shine. 

Bold Predictions

  • Match is tied at halftime
  • Orlando City scores first (they have to at some point, right?)
  • Cristian Higuita avoids a yellow card

Lineups

Orlando City: (4-2-3-1, R to L) Bendik; R.J. Allen, Chris Schuler, Tony Rocha, Mohamed El-Munir; Cristian Higuita, Uri Rosell; Chris Mueller, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram; Josué Colmán

Bench: Edwards Jr., Grinwis, Toia, PC, Laryea, Powers, Pinho

Chicago Fire:

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