Know Your Enemy: Orlando City SC

The Union are home once again this week, as they take on Orlando City SC this Friday. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN. Here’s everything you need to know about Orlando ahead of this prime time matchup:

Team: Orlando City SC
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium
Kick Off: 8 p.m. ET
2018 Record: 2-2-1, 7 points, 5th in Eastern Conference
Last Meeting: 6-1 Philadelphia Union win at Talen Energy Stadium, October 22, 2017
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Joe Bendik; Mohammed El-Munir, Lamine Sane, Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter; Yoshi Yotun, Will Johnson; Justin Meram, Sacha Kljestan, Josue Colman; Dom Dwyer
Player to Watch: Sacha Kljestan 

Union fans should know this player to watch pretty well. Sacha Kljestan has been a nuisance for the Union, scoring four goals and earning four assists in nine career MLS regular-season matches against Philadelphia. Since returning to MLS in 2015, the California native helped take New York Red Bulls to the MLS Cup playoffs all three of his seasons with them. Kljestan really broke out in 2016, when he recorded a remarkable 20 assists which was led all of MLS. In 2017, Kljestan yet again led the league in assists with 17. Now the midfielder dons the purple and gold and has one goal and one assist in three games with Orlando. With dangerous weapons on his sides such as Josue Coleman and Justin Meram, Kljestan has many options to play a ball to. Not to mention, he has Dom Dwyer in front of him who has three goals in two games already. When the Union and Orlando City step out onto the pitch under the Friday night lights, be sure to keep an eye on Kljestan.


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