After a two-week long break that felt like two years, we’re back! It seems like ages since Atlanta United came back to grab a thrilling win over the San Jose Earthquakes to send us off into the MLS-less unknown. We’re back now and what a fixture it is that awaits us. The build-up for the first-ever Orlando City-Atlanta United match has been interesting to say the least.
We’ve seen debates about whether or not this is even a rivalry, a billboard put up in enemy territory, and some less that desirable internet shenanigans that has even brought out an official statement from one side. Needless to say, this one should be fun. Whether you feel it’s a rivalry or not, something about this match feels important. That beautiful mixture of excitement and nervousness is kicking in and this one has a feeling that it matters even though it’s July.
Orlando will be without their leading scorer as Cyle Larin has been called up to Canada’s Gold Cup roster. Atlanta have a few niggling injuries to Kenwyne Jones and Jacob Peterson, but have their full allotment of starters available. This match will be televised nationally on ESPN and will kick off at 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta United’s lineup: TBA
Orlando City’s lineup: TBA
How to Watch
Venue: Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL
Kickoff Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Available TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Available Radio: 92.9 The Game (available via official ATLUTD mobile app)
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