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Jun 23, 2021 at 1.02am UK at Florida Citrus Bowl
Orlando CityOrlando City
5-0
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
Nani (7' pen.), Michel (16', 90'), Dike (31', 49')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Judson (25'), Alanis (52')

Preview: Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Major League Soccer clash between Orlando City and San Jose Earthquakes, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Orlando City play host to San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night looking to strengthen their hold of second place in the Eastern Conference.

While the home side are impressing on one side of the United States, the Earthquakes are down in eighth spot in the Western Conference after a five-match winless streak.


Match preview

Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja on May 8, 2021© Reuters

Orlando have not had it all their own way this season, winning just half of their opening eight fixtures and possessing the fourth-best attack.

However, Saturday night's thrilling 3-2 triumph at Toronto FC moved Oscar Pareja's side into a position where they are now regarded as the nearest challengers to New England Revolution.

There are still five points separating the Lions to the pacesetters, but Junior Urso's late strike in Canada has handed his team a much-needed boost after their previous defeat at New York Red Bulls.

The fixture at the weekend also featured the return of former Portugal star Nani, who contributed his fourth goal from just six outings this season.

At a time when Orlando are on a high and looking to chase down top spot, the Earthquakes are becoming increasingly eager to end a run of form which has left the club outside of the playoff places.

Although Saturday's goalless draw with Austin FC was a step in the right direction, Matias Almeyda will be concerned with how his players have lost their way after a bright start to the campaign.

Not even the return of club legend Chris Wondolowski could improve their fortunes in the final third, the Earthquakes now having scored just once in five contests.

Victory on Tuesday should be enough to take the team back into the top six, but Almeyda may be more wary of his team moving closer to the bottom of the standings now that they hold just a three-point advantage over FC Dallas.

Orlando have conceded just once in their four home fixtures this season, highlighting the size of the task in front of the Earthquakes at the Exploria Stadium.

Orlando City Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W

San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D



Team News

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda on May 30, 2021© Reuters

Almeyda will consider handing recalls to the likes of Cade Cowell and Carlos Fierro for this encounter.

Andres Rios is likely to drop out of the Earthquakes starting lineup, while 38-year-old Wondolowski may be rested after coming through 82 minutes at the weekend.

Daryl Dike made his return to the Orlando squad at the weekend after his hugely impressive loan spell at Barnsley.

However, the young American striker is likely to be kept in reserve for this contest with Pareja contemplating naming an unchanged starting XI.

Orlando remain without Pedro Gallese and Sebastian Mendez due to their participation in the Copa America.

Orlando City possible starting lineup:
Austin; Smith, Carlos, Jansson, Moutinho; Urso, Perea; Water, Pereyra, Nani; Akindele

San Jose Earthquakes possible starting lineup:
Marcinkowski; Judson, Jungwirth, Alanis, Marie; Yueill, Remedi; Espinoza, Lopez, Fierro; Cowell


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We say: Orlando City 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

Having finally halted their losing streak at the weekend, we feel that the Earthquakes will play with more belief in their next game. Nevertheless, we still expect the home side to prevail in this contest, potentially by the odd goal in three after a hard-fought battle.



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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
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BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
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TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
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ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
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ATHLETICS
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HOCKEY
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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
12Toronto153482032-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England17113333211236
2Orlando City168442621528
3New York City FCNY City1582530161426
4Nashville SCNashville1568124141026
5Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia166642016424
6Columbus Crew166641716124
7CF MontrealMontreal166462120122
8DC United166372118321
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls155372020018
10Atlanta UnitedAtlanta162861621-514
11FC CincinnatiCincinnati153571729-1214
12Toronto153482032-1213
13Chicago Fire153391727-1012
14Inter MiamiInter Miami143381224-1212

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