Quick Bit: Arsenal look to continue their dominant 2022 preseason with a match against an Orlando City SC team already past the halfway mark of the MLS season. The American club will hope its passionate home crowd at Exploria Stadium can give them an edge in the friendly.
Orlando City and Arsenal will meet for the first time when they face off at Exploria Stadium in a 2022 preseason friendly. While Arsenal are gearing up for the Premier League season on Aug. 5, Orlando City are already more than halfway through the Major League Soccer season.
Mikel Arteta’s new-look Arsenal are cruising in preseason with dominant displays in victories over Ipswich Town, Nurnberg, and most recently Everton last Saturday night. Summer signing Gabriel Jesus was the star in the 2-0 win in Baltimore with a goal and assist, already proving to be a difference-maker for the club.
Orlando City are in a busy stretch of the season with a congested calendar seeing them play once every three days through end of July. The Lions have experienced an average season (8W-7L-6D) but they are are in the mix to make the MLS playoffs in October, and they also host a single-elimination U.S. Open Cup semifinal on July 27.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.
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120 mins from kickoff: The Gunners will be debuting their new kit in the Orlando friendly.
Orlando City vs Arsenal lineups
We’ll see how many of the players who were absent against Everton will be back in contention for the match against Orlando City. Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe, and Fabio Vieira all sat out the first match of the club’s U.S. tour.
Goalkeepers (5): 1-Bernd Leno (GK), 33-Arthur Okonkwo (GK), 32-Aaron Ramsdale (GK), 13-Alex Runarsson (GK), 30-Matt Turner (GK)
Defenders (11): 2-Hector Bellerin, 6-Gabriel, 16-Rob Holding, 22-Pablo Mari, 12-William Saliba, 17-Cedric Soares, 20-Nuno Tavares, 3-Kieran Tierney, 18-Takehiro Tomiyasu, 97-Reuell Walters, 4-Ben White
Midfielders (9): 25-Mohamed Elneny, 15-Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 8-Martin Odegaard, 5-Thomas Partey, 23-Albert Sambi Lokonga, 10-Emile Smith Rowe, 35-Lucas Torreira, 21-Fabio Vieira, 34-Granit Xhaka
Wingers/Forwards (8): 26-Folarin Balogun, 9-Gabriel Jesus, 27-Marquinhos, 11-Gabriel Martinelli, 24-Reiss Nelson, 14-Eddie Nketiah, 19-Nicolas Pepe, 7-Bukayo Saka
Orlando City can be expected to use backups, Orlando City B reserve team players, and academy products for the match against Arsenal given it is currently navigating a spell of seven matches in 22 days.
Goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar had jaw surgery in June with a 6-8 week recovery schedule, and Argentine winger Gaston Gonzalez is out with a long-term ACL injury. Adam Grinwis and Joao Moutinho were both listed as questionable for Saturday’s match in Atlanta, but were still available off the bench though they did not see minutes.
Goalkeepers (4): 1-Pedro Gallese, 40-Adam Grinwis, 31-Mason Stajduhar, Javier Otero
Defenders (10): 2-Ruan, 6-Robin Jansson, 24-Kyle Smith, 26-Michael Halliday, 35-Brandon Hackenberg, 4-Joao Moutinho, 15-Rodrigo Schlegel, 25-Antonio Carlos, 30-Alexander Freeman, 68-Thomas Williams
Midfielders (8): 5-Cesar Araujo, 10-Mauricio Pereyra, 17-Facundo Torres, 23-Jake Mulraney, 34-Joseph DeZart, 11-Junior Urso, 21-Andres Perea, 32-Wilfredo Rivera
Wingers/Forwards (8): 7-Alexandre Pato, 13-Tesho Akindele, 27-Jack Lynn, 9-Ercan Kara, 19-Benji Michel, 22-Alexander Alvarado, Nicholas Gioacchini
Orlando City vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream
Thurs, July 21
Weds, July 20
Weds, July 20
Thurs, July 21
UK & Canada: The match can be seen on Arsenal.com in the UK and Canada (?5.99).
USA: The friendly will be streamed on ESPN+ in the USA from Exploria Stadium.
Australia: Fans in Australia can watch the match on Paramount+.
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