Orlando City will face Minnesota United in a game that will decide the second finalist of the MLS 2020. Both sides were considered underdogs and both sides have managed to make it to the semis. The confidence the teams will have on the pitch is needless to mention. "The Lions" are coming from a tough game that ended with a penalty shootout against LA FC. However, "The Loons" will show up here with a far superior performance, as they demolished The Earthquakes 1-4.
The home squad's lineup will be without Dwyer, and supposedly Mueller, whose absence is likely to impact their performance up forward. Orlando has found the net only once per game in their last three matches, which is a downgrade to them scoring five goals in their first two appearances. Their playstyle mainly focuses on controlling the pace of the game, through pressuring, passing, and keeping possession of the ball. But, it is quite worrying that they never managed to win against Minnesota, with their last meeting resulting in a 1-1 draw.
Moving on, the Loons will be missing Opara, as well as Metanire and Chacon coming into question. They have been fantastic on the road, as they haven't been defeated at their enemies' grounds for eleven games now. They are perfectly prepared for the hosts' playstyle, as they can constantly soak the pressure the Lions make. Also, they can control the pace of the game without having possession of the ball. Furthermore, the Loons can flawlessly convert their goalscoring opportunities, with their ability to counter-attack very well, playing mostly with their long shots and passes.
Everything points towards a very close game, with both teams being in great shape. I anticipate Minnesota to be more dominant than their opponent and to win but would watch out for a draw anyways. Good luck!