U23s Match Preview: 7.10.12 vs. IMG Bradenton Academics
Bout between second and third place teams to take place on TuesdayORLANDO, Fla. After moving into second place in the Southeast Division of the PDL on Friday, the Orlando City U23s look to continue their strong play on Tuesday, July 10, against IMG Bradenton Academics at Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford, Fla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Orlando is fresh off a 2-0 win over the Panama City Beach Pirates, vaulting the Lions into second place in the division. A first half goal by Gonzalo DeMojica put Orlando up 1-0 while a second half strike by Veneri Valimaa sealed the win over the Pirates at Gavlak Stadium in Panama City Beach, Fla. City has won three straight after falling to division-leading Ocala back on June 20, moving from fourth place to second in the division during that time.
IMG Bradenton, who were previously in second place before Orlandos victory on Friday, stand third in the division with a record of 7-5-2 and 23 points. The Academics most recently fell to VSI Tampa 2-0, with the Flames scoring in the 15th and 90th minutes to capture the victory. IMGs leading scorer is Midfielder Milovan Kapor, who has four goals and three assists in 2012.
The two clubs have only met one time this season, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Jonathan Mendoza notched the equalizer after Orlando went down a goal early on, giving the Lions the draw and important point on the road.
The Southeast is led by the Ocala Stampede, who own a record of 10-3-2 and 32 points. Ocala finishes out the season with a match against the Pirates on Sunday. To claim a playoff spot, Orlando must finish in one of the top two spots within the division to advance beyond the regular season.
For more information on the U23s match on Tuesday and more, including playoff scenarios after the IMG game, visit Orlandocitysoccer.com. You can follow the U23s on Twitter by visiting their page @OrlandoCityU23s for all your City U23s news.
Player to Watch: Sean Reynolds:
Defender Sean Reynolds has come on strong in the past few matches for the U23s. The Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., native has been one of the anchors for the Lion backline, which has only allowed one goal in its past two matches. Look for Reynolds to continue his strong play against IMG Bradenton Tuesday.
Moses Aduny, Johan Bergfeld, Ricardo Campbell, Oumar Diakhite, David Graydon, Will Frandsen, Ryan Griffin, Ezequiel Pedraza, Joseph Toby, Steven Williams, Sean Reynolds, Anthony Arico, Keneil Baker, Jonathan Mendoza, Nicolas Russo, Verneri Valimaa, Jowayne Laidley, Darvin Ebanks, McKauly Tulloch, Gonzalo Demohita, Alexander McDonald, Chip Sanders, Sam Fairhurst