ORLANDO, Florida (Oct 30, 2021) – Orlando City SC (12-9-11, 47 points) will close its regular-season home play list on Sunday, Oct. 31 against Nashville SC (12-4-7, 52 points). Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Exploria Stadium.
The match, presented by AUDI, will be broadcast nationally on UniMás and TUDN with English commentary available on Twitter. The match will also be broadcast on Real Radio 104.1 in English and Acción 97.9FM, 810AM in Spanish.
“It is important for us to focus on this [Nashville] game and the importance of the points after the obvious lack of result in Columbus, because now the time is urgent for all the teams which are tied in the standings, ”said head coach Oscar Pareja. “The boys are working hard as always and using the extra day we had to get the team energized for this game. As usual on my part, it’s just about trying to keep all the boys energized and with a belief in what we’re doing. It’s a good opportunity for us here to put our presence in front of our fans and try to win it.
Sunday will mark the third time the Lions face the Music City-based team this season and the first of the year at Exploria Stadium. City have won two draws from Nissan Stadium throughout the 2021 campaign, recently taking a 2-2 result to death on September 29 behind an own goal in stoppage forced by Benji Michel.
City enter Sunday’s game looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Columbus on Wednesday. Daryl Dike and Robin Jansson each scored for the Lions in the game, but the second-half rally was short with the team losing a decision for the first time in six games.
Nani leads the Lions with 10 goals this season, followed by Dike now with eight. Mauricio Pereyra continues to hold the team in assists to 10, slightly less to setting a new club record in a single season.
Nashville comes to Orlando after battling for a victory from behind at FC Cincinnati on Wednesday night to claim a 6-3 victory on the night. Accolades from Randall Leal and CJ Sapong along with finishes from Walker Zimmerman and Ake Loba led the Music City-based team to take all three points of the game.
Hany Mukhtar leads Nashville with 14 goals this season, followed by Sapong with 12. Mukhtar also leads the team in assists with 12 this year.
After Sunday’s game, the Lions will close the 2021 MLS regular season with a visit to CF Montreal on decision day on Sunday, November 6 at Stade Saputo.