Orlando City travel to D.C. seeking to avenge 96th minute loss


Bryce Brimhall / Valencia Voice

Kaká was selected as part of the Brazilian National teams preliminary 30-man roster for Copa America on Monday.

Orlando City SC will meet their first repeat opponent of the season when they face D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The Lion suffered a 1-0 loss to D.C. the last time the two clubs met, with the lone goal coming late into stoppage time off of a free kick. Now Orlando City will travel to our nation’s capital with a chance of evening the season series.

“They’ve got arguably the most experienced team in the league, they’re veterans of this league, they know what to do and I think it’s going to be a really tough game for us,” said Adrian Heath following Tuesday’s training. “But I do think we matchup quite well with them and if we can play anywhere to the potential that we did a few weeks ago I’ll take that performance now.”

D.C. United were outshot by Orlando City 17-11 during their last meeting but the 96th minute goal by Luis Silva was enough to give United the victory. D.C. currently sits in a tie at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with 18 points.

Orlando City is coming off a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution that saw the Lions come back from down 2-0 in the 72nd minute and tie the game with two goals during the final 15 minutes of play.

“The mood in the dressing room after the game was like a moral victory because of coming back the way we did,” said Heath. “I think we’ll take a lot of strength from that result and I think it was important for us as a group to not only get a point but score some goals,

“Hopefully we can go and give the same sort of performance that we gave against D.C. at home.”

Brek Shea should get his second straight start in the midfield on Wednesday as chemistry between the 25-year-old and the rest of the midfielders has been building over the past two games.

Orlando City has a 2-1-1 record on the road this season and have scored five goals over four games away from home.

Fitness will be something to look at during Wednesday’s match as Orlando is coming off a game on Friday while D.C. played on Saturday against Sporting KC.

Things won’t get any easier for Orlando City once they return home as they’ll have a quick turnaround before facing the defending MLS champion L.A. Galaxy on Sunday at the Citrus Bowl.

Kaká makes Brazil’s Copa America preliminary roster:

Orlando City captain Kaká was named to the Brazilian National team’s 30-man preliminary Copa America roster earlier this week and will have an opportunity to turn some heads over the next few weeks in an attempt to make the final 23-man roster that must be submitted by June 1.

“Every time they remember me for the list it’s a big pleasure,” said Kaká on Tuesday when asked about being named to the 30-man roster. “For me I love to play for Brazil and every time that I can help my national team I’m happy for that.”

The 33-year-old midfielder will have four league games between now and June 1 to prove to Dunga and his staff that he deserves a call up for the tournament in Chile. Nine games into his inaugural MLS season Kaka has three goals and an assist for Orlando City and has been notorious for feeding good balls into his forwards from the midfield position.

“Now I have to wait, I’m on the waiting list,” added Kaka. “This is motivation for sure, I know that they are watching me here, so if I’m still playing good and I have consistent games, probably I’ll have the possibility to play on the national team again.”

If Orlando’s biggest designated player gets the nod from Dunga he would miss a minimum of three league matches, with the potential of missing six MLS games if Brazil makes it to the final on July 4.