#ORLvMIN Open Game Thread

by on 10 March 2018

When? – 6:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 10
Where? – Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL
How to Watch? Fox Sports North Plus
How to Listen? 1500 ESPN


Official Hashtag: #ORLvMIN
Follow us at @FiveFiftyOne!

Team Accounts
Minnesota United FC – @mnufc
Orlando City SC – @OrlandoCitySC

Live Updates
MNUFC Gameday – @mnunitedgameday

Pre-Match Reading:

Match Preview: Orlando City SC vs. Minnesota United FC (FiftyFive.One)
Quantitative Divination – Center Back Edition: Boxall or Kallman (FiftyFive.One)

Loons gearing up for Adrian Heath’s emotional return to Orlando (Star Tribune)
Loons coach Adrian Heath wants to ‘spoil the party’ in Orlando (Pioneer Press)
Season-opening loss exposes MNUFC’s need for a midfield enforcer (The Athletic)
Minnesota United is at a crossroads (E Pluribus Loonum)

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  • Alex Schieferdecker

    Things I want to see tonight:
    1. Mason Toye make his debut
    2. Kallman
    3. Ibarra
    4. No stupid mistakes in defense

    Is that too much to ask?

    • Tres Gatos

      No and yes.

      No, it should not be too much to ask for. But knowing this team, yes, it is way too much to ask for. 😹😹😹

    • Eric Beckman

      We have at shot at one of these…

      • Eric Beckman

        My bad, we got 3 of 4! I love being wrong.

  • Wes

    This and fire at home are the teamst crest chances for points in the first two months. I’m not expecting an away win, but I’m expecting something close. A loss against a heavily weakened team would be disastrous

  • Eric Ely

    I’m holding out hope for tonight given OCSC’s injuries and suspensions. That said, I’d be pleasantly surprised with an away win. Last weak the same weakened team came from behind to draw D.C. United playing down a man for the entire second half. 1-1 if, as Alex says, there are no stupid mistakes in defense. I don’t have a lot of confidence in that happening though…2-1 or 3-1 seems more likely.

  • Chris RB

    Would be great to get a win here. Orlando is weekend from suspensions/injuries and Loons can generate a lot of buzz before St. Pat’s day opener. Things I’m hoping to see:
    1. Ibson get more involved
    2. Midfield be better defensively
    3. competent attacking before the 70th minute.

  • PaleVermilion

    To quote Tom Hanks in That Thing You Do: “It’s very important you don’t suck today.”

  • Alex Schieferdecker

    Same starting XI as last week, Ramirez for Danladi is the only difference.

    So Adrian Heath thinks he got his tactics right last week? Okay, huh.

    • Tres Gatos

      Good luck with those 4 things happening tonight. 😹😹😹

      • Alex Schieferdecker

        Yeah, well, Kallman definitely isn’t happening, and the defensive mistake was by a winger, but I hope we’ll see the other two.

  • Jeff Wolter

    Go loons!

  • Alex Schieferdecker

    Sam Nicholson absolutely terrorizing the Orlando defense. Just willing to run at people. Love it.

  • Romulus N Filip

    Very clumsy and unnecessary from Finlay.

    • Alex Schieferdecker

      I thought a real misuse of VAR, but what do I know?

      • Romulus N Filip


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  • Alex Schieferdecker

    What a game.