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MLS soccer break ends, Orlando City ready for Atlanta United

Gold Cup competition nears end as MLS teams get ready for second half of season

ORLANDO, FL - Kaka of Orlando City SC celebrates after he scores the first goal in team history during an MLS soccer match between the New York City FC and the Orlando City SC on March 8, 2015 (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - Kaka of Orlando City SC celebrates after he scores the first goal in team history during an MLS soccer match between the New York City FC and the Orlando City SC on March 8, 2015 (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – With the Gold Cup nearing its end, the second half of the 2017 MLS season gets underway with Orlando City looking for a strong start against Atlanta United on July 21.

Currently sitting in fifth place with an 8-7-5 record, the Lions sit behind Atlanta, New York City, Toronto and the Chicago Fire. 

With a two-game, home-and-away series set against Atlanta, the Lions have a chance to overcome the club with a couple of wins. 

Led by leading goal scorer forward Cyle Larin (8 goals) and assists leader midfielder Carlos Rivas, the Lions will also play the New York Red Bulls, Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew in the coming weeks.

Orlando City midfielder and captain Kaká, who has also had a big impact on the team, was the only Lion to be named to the 2017 MLS All-Star roster.

Announced Tuesday afternoon, Kaká, who will make his third consecutive all-star appearance, has scored three goals and has had four assists in his 13 games this season.

With six shutouts and 68 saves at his feet, Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik will have a tough time against teams like the Red Bulls, who are 10-6-3 and have a plus-12 goal differential. 

The matchup between Orlando City and Atlanta United will be the first meeting ever between the two squads.