Breaking Down the XI | Pereyra Starts
It's Rivalry Week in MLS and tonight Orlando City hosts Atlanta United at Exploria Stadium.
James O'Connor has a new weapon to play with as recent acquisition Mauricio Pereyra has been inserted into the starting lineup.
In goal, Brian Rowe will look to continue his incredible stretch of form. Rowe has made multiple key saves in Orlando's recent string of strong defensive performances.
In front of him, Kamal Miller, Robin Jansson, Lamine Sané, and Kyle Smith will form the backline. This group of four has performed well in the absence of João Moutinho and Ruan.
In the defensive midfield, Uri Rosell and Carlos Ascues will pair up again. The two provide excellent defense in the midfield as well as providing something going forward.
City's attacking midfield will consist of Nani, Mauricio Pereyra, and Benji Michel. Pereyra, who performed well after being subbed on at half against Minnesota, makes his first start since being acquired on July 30th. Pereyra most recently played in Russia for FC Krasnodar. He appeared in 201 games scoring 29 goals and recording 33 assists.
Up top, Tesho Akindele will look to build on what has been a career season. His 9 goals this season are a career high and he has chipped in two assists as well.
Starting XI: Rowe, Miller, Jansson, Sané, Smith, Rosell, Ascues, Nani, Pereyra, Michel, Akindele.
Bench: Dwyer, Grinwis, Johnson, Kljestan, Méndez, Mueller, O'Neill.
• Discuss this story on the Major League Soccer message board...
Major League Soccer Stories from August 23, 2019
- Orlando City Fall 1-0 to Atlanta United - Orlando City SC
- Impact Takes on Toronto FC Saturday Night at BMO Field - Montreal Impact
- Breaking Down the XI | Pereyra Starts - Orlando City SC
- MLS Disciplinary Committee Decision Affects Fire - Chicago Fire
- MLS Disciplinary Committee Decision Announced - MLS
- Storylines | City vs. Atlanta United - Orlando City SC
- #FCDvHOU: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Match - FC Dallas
- Chicago Fire Soccer Club Loans Midfielder Cristian Martinez to Las Vegas Lights FC - Chicago Fire
- Game Preview: New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire - New England Revolution
- Match Preview: Second Leg of the New York Derby Set for Saturday - New York Red Bulls
- New England Revolution Sign Brad Knighton to New Contract - New England Revolution
- Real Salt Lake Hosts Colorado Rapids in Rocky Mountain Cup Finale - Real Salt Lake
- Minnesota United Adds Stewart Kerr to Coaching Staff - Minnesota United FC
- Whitecaps FC Sign Academy Product Georges Mukumbilwa - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Atlanta United Adds Former US International Jonathan Spector to Staff - Atlanta United FC
- Sporting Strikes Late to Secure 1-0 Win over Minnesota - Sporting Kansas City
- MNUFC Falls 1-0 to SKC in Tight Game - Minnesota United FC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.