five things to watch as Orlando City visit Charlotte FC for midweek matchup

When Orlando City SC plays Charlotte FC on Wednesday, these are the five plotlines you should watch:

Last Outing

The Lions visited Bank of America Stadium in the latter part of the season, marking the last meeting between Orlando City and Charlotte FC. During a prolonged downpour, Charlotte maintained the lead for a significant amount of the game until the Lions sneaked one in to steal a point. The game’s winning goal came from a free kick awarded outside the area by midfielder Martín Ojeda, who deceived both sides’ defenders and put the ball in the net.

Spot On

Defensor Rodrigo Schlegel has been Orlando City’s most accurate passer thus far in the regular season of the 2024 MLS season. With 533 passes tried so far this year, the Argentine centre back has completed 90.02% of his passes in regular-season action, the greatest completion percentage of any Lion with more than 100 attempts.

Mint Sensation

Midfielder Martín Ojeda has eight goals overall, including one in Orlando City’s most recent game against LAFC this past weekend, going into Wednesday’s midweek battle against Charlotte FC. The Argentine midfielder has eight career goals, two of which came against the North Carolina-based team in March of last year during the Lions’ 2023 home game against the Crown.

A Euro Debut

David Brekalo, a defender for Orlando City, and Slovenia made a winning start to their UEFA EURO 2024 campaign this past Sunday, drawing 1-1 with Denmark, the 2021 finalists. With an early point in the Group Stage, the Slovenian centre back for the Lions made his debut at the Euros, joining the game as a second-half substitute and bringing his nation back to the competition for the first time since 2000. In Group C play, Brekalo and Slovenia still have games against Serbia and England.

Copa Dreams

Orlando City goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and midfielder Wilder Cartagena have officially been named to Peru’s final roster for the CONMEBOL Copa América USA 2024. The Peruvian duo have combined for almost 150 caps for La Bicolor, with Gallese making 106 total appearances and 40 career shutouts, including 23 matches and 10 clean sheets to date in Copa America, while Cartagena has played in 33 matches for the South American country including four caps in Copa America games. Peru will take on Chile, Canada and Argentina in the Group Stage, with Gallese set to Captain his country through the tournament.

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