New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC Preview

New York City FC vs. Orlando City SC
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Location: Orlando, FL
Time: 7:00 EST

Three players who could impact the game

Cyle Larin

Cyle Larin is OCSC’s powerful target forward. He already has 12 goals this season and been linked to many top European clubs this year. In five games against NYCFC he has six goals and one assist. Larin will definitely cause problems for the already leaky NYCFC defense. Look for him to be a threat in this game and maybe score.

Jack Harrison

This season NYCFC has a revitalized attack. A big part of that revitalization is due to Jack Harrison, the number one pick in this years MLS Superdraft. Using his pace and excellent technical ability, he breaks down teams and either shoots or whips in balls to David Villa. Harrison will definitely be a headache for OCSC. Recently, teams have been double teaming him when he receives the ball. Also, more teams are aware of his abilities. If he can break that double team and beat the defenders, look for NYCFC’s entire offense to be different.

Maxime Chanot

Chanot was NYCFC’s only signing in the summer transfer window. While teams around them bolstered their squads, Patrick Vieira felt that NYCFC already has most of the players they needed. However, credit is due to Vieira and technical director Claudio Reyna for their one signing being on point. So far Chanot has been very impressive in his three appearances, even landing on the team of the week in his first start. In order to shut down the dangerous OCSC attack Chanot is going to have to play well.

When NYCFC is attacking

Look for NYCFC to continue to play the ball out of the back, as this is the philosophy Vieira wants to stick to. Having Chanot back will help playing out of the back. Once the ball is moved to the midfield, look for Andrea Pirlo to play long balls to Tommy McNamara and Harrison. Then they will eventually try and whip in crosses to Villa.

When OCSC is attacking

OCSC will try and play long balls and get Larin the ball. Also, they will use their pace on the wings to try and break down the NYCFC defense. Also, look for OCSC to try and get the ball to Kaka, so he can help orchestrate the offense.

Overall, NYCFC should come out on top. They are the better team, and do not have to play two games this week, like OCSC has to do. However, both of these teams are much better on offense then on defense. In order for OCSC to win they will have to play excellent defense, which they haven’t really been doing lately.