New York City vs Orlando City by Sors
New York City obviously has big ambitions this season, as the club signed with two experienced players in Frederic Brillant (def.) from Oostende and John Mendoza (forw.) from Corinthians in January, in addition to Josh Saunders (goalkeeper), Jason Hernandez (def.), Mix Diskerud (midf.), Thomas McNamara (midf.) and three world-class players in Andrea Pirlo (midf.), Frank Lampard (midf.) and David Villa (forw.).
The hosts began the new campaign the MLS in a good shape, having won four points from their previous two games against Chicago Fire on March 6 (4-3/away) and Toronto last Sunday (2-2/home).
It’s obvious that New York City is among the teams with the biggest potential in attack in this league, but there are still many unsolved problems in defense, which will most probably be the Achilles’ heel of this team (as during the previous campaign).
Frank Lampard is fully fit to make his season debut against Orlando City, which means that Patrick Vieira has almost a full squad to choose from, with the exception of R.J. Allen (def.) and Connor Brandt (def.).
Orlando City failed to qualify for the playoffs in its debut season in MLS and there are no significant changes in this team compared to last campaign, except the arrival of an experienced midfielder like Antonio Nocerino from Milan.
Orlando City owns enough potential in attack to score against any opponent in this league and for this match they will be boosted by the return of Kaka in the starting lineup.
On the other hand, only three teams in the league conceded more goals during the last campaign compared with Orlando City and since this team didn’t make changes in that zone during the break, I expect that these problems will continue.
Conor Donovan (def.), David Mateos (def.) and Carlos Rivas (forw.) are out due to injuries.
I expect a lot of goals in this match between the teams of New York City and Orlando City.
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