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Stéfano Pinho, Uri Rosell in starting XI for Orlando City against Toronto FC

Orlando City SC forward Stefano Pinho (29) defends against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) in the second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Toronto FC vs. Orlando City, 8

Where: BMO Field

Watch: (Local) TV 27

The Buzz: Orlando City (6-3-1, 19 points) gets reigning MLS Cup champion Toronto FC at BMO field after getting a short week to prepare. … The Lions are coming off a 2-1 loss to Atlanta United, though both coach Jason Kreis and the club’s players agreed Orlando City built some momentum in the second half of that match. … Star striker Dom Dwyer (lower-body injury), right back Scott Sutter (knee), Yoshi Yotún (yellow card accumulation) and centerback Jonathan Spector (concussion) remain out. … Toronto FC (2-6-1, 7 points) is coming off a 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution. … The Reds will be without Sebastian Giovinco (red card suspension) and Jozy Altidore (foot surgery).

Players to watch

Striker Stéfano Pinho: Pinho had an amazing debut for Orlando City, scoring a match-tying goal in stoppage team in the club’s season opener against D.C. United. He’ll be a key part of the attack today with Dwyer out.

Holding midfielder Uri Rosell: Is the holding midfielder ready for a full 90 minutes? His passing in the middle third will be critical today. It’ll also be good to see how he pairs with Cristian Higuita.

Centerback Amro Tarek: It’s his last game before he leaves for Cairo for international duty. He’s been an anchor for Orlando City’s back line this season.

Bold Predictions

  • Pinho gets his second goal of the season, and it’ll come in the first half
  • Chris Mueller finds the back of the net again
  • Orlando City won’t give up a set piece goal

Lineups

Toronto FC:

Orlando City: (4-2-3-1, R to L) Bendik; Johnson, Sané, Tarek, El-Munir; Higuita, Rosell; Mueller, Kljestan, Meram; Pinho

Bench: Edwards, Schuler, Allen,Powers, Rocha, Laryea, Colmán

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