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Keys to NYCFC's matchup with Orlando

New York City FC will be looking to play spoiler Friday night at the Citrus Bowl when they take on fellow first-year team Orlando City FC. It's the penultimate game for both clubs and the third meeting between the two.

Here are three keys to Friday's matchup as NYCFC hopes to end the season unbeaten against Orlando.

Postseason influence

A loss in their last game to DC United ended NYCFC's playoff aspirations, but with two games remaining they still have an opportunity to leave their mark on the postseason picture. OCFC, unbeaten in their past five matches, sits four points back of the Montreal Impact for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and needs to win out to give themselves a chance of making the playoffs.

Bragging rights

NYCFC and Orlando faced each other in both franchises' inaugural game this past March in Orlando, playing to a 1-1 draw. The second time around in the Bronx, NYCFC won a high-scoring affair, 5-3. Now with their third and final match approaching Friday, NYCFC has the ability to win the season series against their rivals and pull within one point of them in the standings.

Villa vs. LarinTwo players at opposite ends of their careers -- both having equally impressive seasons -- will go head to head in Friday's fixture. The veteran David Villa for NYCFC will look to continue a strong first season in the MLS, while rookie Cyle Larin for Orlando hopes to add to his MLS rookie record 15 goals. Villa enters the match tied for third in the MLS with 25 points, while the 21-year-old Larin is particularly hot, scoring four goals in his last two games.

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