Orlando City beat a ten man New England Revolution 6-1 on Wednesday night. Tensions ran high in the eight yellow card and one red card affair. It’s hard to know what to take away from such a one sided affair. The Revolution were bad (they’re also the league’s only winless team on the road in 2017), Orlando were good, what really matters is if it carries over.
Which Dallas will show up?
Is it really all over? Is the team confident again? Are all the woes of the last two months over? I’d like to hope so, but it’s hard to be confident. A loss against underachieving Orlando away could undo any good that breaking the streak has done. Only time will tell if Dallas are truly out of their funk.
Orlando used a 4-3-1-2 against New England. With only three days rest Kaka is out of the picture against Dallas and I’m sure we’re in for a slew of other changes as well. Larin will probably start since he didn’t earlier this week.
Key match up
Yoshimar Yotun vs Hernan Grana
Before dismantling the Revs, Yotun, OCSC’s new DP signing, had only one assist to his name. But the Peruvian international capitalized on his opportunities on Wednesday and added two assists and a goal from the left midfielder position. He isn’t afraid to venture forward, but Dallas could use that to their advantage. If Dallas can get Hernan Grana crossing like he did last week, then he and Michael Barrios can exploit the space Yotun leaves behind when he ventures forward on a FCD counter. Their presence on the right side may also keep him more grounded allow him less positional freedom as he will have to contribute to the effort to stop them.
Being accountable for a player on your side defensively is a two way street though, Grana will have to tone down his attacking hi-jinx to avoid exposing Dallas’ right side to the DP.
Key to victory: Pressure
Orlando are determined to play the ball out of the back with a possession based style. This is certainly different than what Dallas faced against Colorado. We saw Javier Morales as a deep playmaker and Papi wasn’t afraid to park the bus after taking the lead. While it revitalizes everyone’s faith in Pareja to see a tactical change pay off, the same strategy isn’t going to work against Orlando. Pareja is going to have to pull off another tactical change to cope with Orlando’s very different style of play. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 4-4-2 again to allow Urruti and Colman to chase down and pressure defenders to see if they can break up Orlando’s methodical passing out of the back.