The 2015 MLS Cup champions head into unknown territory as the Portland Timbers travel to face Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl for the first time on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, FS1/FOX Deportes). The Lions have created one of the most electric environments in MLS, ranking second in the league for average attendance last year, which they hope will rattle a Timbers side far from their galvanizing confines of Providence Park.
Both teams will have critical international contingents back for Sunday’s tilt, as a combined eight players were called up for international duty during the March international window. Most importantly for Orlando, the Lions will have Canadian international Cyle Larin back from 2018 World Cup Qualifying. The 2015 Rookie of the Year is coming off a record-breaking season which saw him set a new rookie scoring record with 17 goals scored in 27 games, good for sixth-best in the league. The 20-year-old is continuing to prove not only his productivity but his consistency, as the Ontario native has scored in all three of Orlando’s matches to start the 2016 season, and will look to maintain his good form internationally in order to help Canada climb back against Mexico in 2018 World Cup Qualifying action tomorrow night at Estadio Azteca (10:30 p.m. ET, FS1, UDN, TSN2).