It’s that time again.
MLS is back, (or will be rather shortly) and a lot of talk has been going on. New Twitter Icons, last minute signings and all have been the talk.
With no centre forward yet for The Pigeons, how will they fare with The Lions on March 2nd?
– Previous games against Orlando City have been an average of 2.3 Goals per Match, where as they have yet to score on NYCFC since the 2017 Season.
– Orlando City has never lost in its MLS opener, boasting a 1-0-3 record in its four previous contents.
– Saturday will mark the third time in its five-year history that City will face NYCFC to open the season.
Orlando Facts and Figures:
– In 2018, Orlando finished last in the Eastern Conference with the second-worst attack in the league (43 goals scored) and produced an even worse defensive mark–conceding a league-record 74 goals. Its goal differential of -31 was also the worst in all of MLS.
– The loss of Yoshimar Yotun is a lot bigger then what people may fail to realize. He assisted with 14% of OSC touches, and whoever is going to be commanding the midfield in his absence, has big shoes to fill.
– Nani, comes from Sporting CP, and even with his collection of awards for big clubs such as Manchester United, has had a bad string of luck when it comes to injuries. At 32, he can still contend in MLS, as long as he’s healthy.
New York City FC Facts and Figures
– With the loss of David Villa, and Yangel Herrera, there has been controversy as to whether or not we can compete with in the league.
We’ve done better, sadly to say, without Villa in the helm. The summer of 2018, shortly after Dome’s arrival, had us on a winning streak (most notably, stopping the Red Bulls, 1 – 0). Once Villa returned, all of the chances and opportunities were more focused on allowing Villa to score.
– With some solid additions in the Midfield, there will be more competition for the Starting XI. New faces like Keaton Parks, Juan Pablo Torres, will definetly see some playing time throughout the season.
– Over the last two seasons, Callens and Chanot have been a formidable presence as is shown in the stats… With the pair, City’s win percentage is 52% and the team concedes on average 1.1 goals per game.
When one of them is missing, that win percentage dips to 41% and goals conceded per 90 is on average 1.3, showing just how important the pair are to NYCFC.
Starting XI – NYCFC
NYCFC has the proper tools to make a significant amount of damage in The Lion’s Den. Potent strikers with Miti, Moralez and Shradi alone can create chances, as long as Lewis can consistently hit the back of the net. No one is shy to go at goal (as we saw with Ebenezer Ofori during the last Pre-Season game), but it won’t do much if our xG is consistently above a 3.0, but we don’t finish.
Starting XI – Orlando City
With a massive overhaul that OSC tried to do this off-season, its hard to see whether or not they had the time to gel and be cohesive. (However, that sound 6 – 2 thrashing against DC United says differently) Both their attacking and defensive output were lack luster last year, and with a supposed Quad Injury with Dom Dwyer, they might be in some trouble during the first part of the 2019 Season.
End Result: 2 – 0 NYCFC