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Orlando City's Battle Against Messi's Miami: The Road to Leagues Cup


Orlando City: The Road Ahead.
Photo Credit: Orlando City SC

Orlando heads to Miami in the next knockout round of the Leagues Cup, facing a revitalized Inter Miami CF in DRV PNK Stadium. Although Head Coach Tata and Miami have dangerous weapons, Orlando City hasn't lost since the beginning of last month against Real Salt Lake. The Lions have only gotten better since the start of the season.


Pedro Gallese's save against the Houston Dynamo.
Photo Credit: Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire

Orlando City's #9 forward, Duncan McGuire, is having a premiere season. McGuire leads all rookies in 10 goals scored — if he scores Wednesday night, this will also equal the club record with four consecutive matches scored. McGuire is definitely in leading form, and Midfielder Wilder Cartagena's 92-minute saving goal in their last match, against Santa Laguna, also shows the offensive ferocity of the Lions.


Pedro Gallese is cementing his spot as the start; two wins away from 50 wins in his career, and six away from 300 career saves. With one more clean sheet, Gallese will have 30 in all competitions. Antônio Carlos has made his 100th appearance, with the Brazilian solidifying a defensive strategy that looks bright on Orlando's road.


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