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TOP PERFORMERS: Carles Gil has seven goals
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Urawa Reds head into the second leg of the Asian Champions League final against Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal on Sunday aiming to become the first three-time winners.A second-half goal from Andre Carrillo Diaz gave Al Hilal a 1-0 win over Urawa in the first leg in Riyadh on Nov. 10.“Al Hilal may have dominated but the match ended 1-0 www.thetopsoccer.com/club-team-kit/marseilles ,” Urawa coach Tsuyoshi Otsuki said. “We played that game with an aim and I think we finished it with a result that gives us a realistic chance to fight in Saitama.”Urawa, which also won the competition in 2007, will be hoping for a repeat of the 2017 final when it beat Al Hilal 1-0 and 2-1 in aggregate to be crowned champion again.In addition to the Asian Champions League final, Urawa has other concerns.Urawa is near the J-League’s drop zone with just two games to play and, should results go against it on Saturday, the Japanese side could go into the second leg looking over its shoulders.Urawa sits 13th in the J-League and is six points above Matsumoto Yamaga in 17th Cheap Real Madrid Soccer Team Uniform , one of two automatic relegation positions.Al Hilal, meanwhile, is seeking its first continental title.“We are in a good position at the moment, but we must concentrate in the second leg,” forward Salem Al Dawsari said. “We will not be fooled with the level of Urawa in the first match as they are a strong team and we must double our efforts.”But unlike two years ago, the Riyadh club has the lead to defend www.thetopsoccer.com/club-team-kit/tottenham-hotspur , and starts the final knowing Urawa must attack.In its two previous Asian Champions League finals, Urawa did not concede a goal in the home second legs and wound up lifting the trophy in front of its supporters.With goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa back in the starting lineup after serving a one-match ban, Otsuki’s team will be looking for more home-field success in what is expected to be a sold-out Saitama Stadium. Orlando City SC (7-10-5, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. New England Revolution (8-8-6, seventh in the Eastern Conference)Foxborough, Massachusetts; Saturday Cheap Argentina Soccer Team Uniform , 7 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: New England comes into a matchup with Orlando City SC after putting together two straight shutout wins.The Revolution are 2-8-4 in Eastern Conference games. New England is 5-2-0 in one-goal games.Orlando City SC is 5-7-4 against conference opponents. Orlando City SC ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference allowing only 29 goals.The matchup Saturday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.TOP PERFORMERS: Carles Gil has seven goals and seven assists for New England. Teal Bunbury has five goals over the last 10 games for the Revolution.Nani has eight goals and four assists for Orlando City SC. Tesho Akindele has four goals over the last 10 games for Orlando City SC.LAST 10 GAMES: New England: 6-0-4, averaging 1.9 goals, 1.7 assists, 5.2 shots on goal and 4.7 corner kicks per game while allowing 0.8 goals per game.Orlando City SC: 4-4-2, averaging 1.5 goals, 0.7 assists www.thetopsoccer.com , 3.8 shots on goal and 5.1 corner kicks per game while allowing one goal per game.NOT EXPECTED TO PLAY: New England: Michael Mancienne (injured).Orlando City SC: Alex De John (injured), Cristian Higuita (injured), Shane O’Neill (injured).
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