Game preview | Orlando City at New England

Late-game drama struck these teams when they met last time two weeks ago at the then-Citrus Bowl.

Kevin Molino scored a controversial and potential game-winning goal in stoppage time for Orlando City. Lee Nguyen followed by scoring the controversial game-tying penalty kick moments later for the New England Revolution.

And after a week apart, the Lions and Revolution will meet again at Gillette Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“They’ve played virtually the same players, same system for the past two years and they’re good at what they do,” Lions head coach Adrian Heath said. “They’ve got a few bumps and bruises at the minute and we’re not quite sure what the personnel is, but I think we’re pretty certain how they’re going to play. Just a matter of if we can cope with it and if we can impose our own attacking principles on them.”

The Revs (1-2-6, 9 points) are currently riding a four-game winless streak and enter Saturday’s game after a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday.

The double-game week facing New England could also mean a slight advantage in terms of rest for Orlando City (2-2-3, 9 points).

OCSC fell 3-2 to the New York Red Bulls last week, but are in the midst of a three-game skid with their last victory taking place on April 3 in a 4-1 thrashing of the Timbers.

Antonio Nocerino, who missed last week due to suspension, could return to Heath’s lineup, while Júlio Baptista is on track to continue seeing more playing time.

Ricardo Kaká sustained a groin injury and will be a gametime decision, according to Alicia DelGallo of the Orlando Sentinel.

With players potentially returning from suspension and injury, one player will no longer suit up in the purple kit. Orlando City announced Friday that defender Aurelien Collin has been traded to the Red Bulls in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Saturday’s game will broadcast on TV27. MLS Live will also stream the match for those outside of the New England and Central Florida areas.

Projected Orlando City starting XI (4-4-2): Joe Bendik; Rafael Ramos, Seb Hines, Tommy Redding, Brek Shea; Darwin Cerén, Cristian Higuita, Kaká, Molino; Baptista, Cyle Larin.

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