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Battles for place in Orlando City's starting lineup and what new signings should expect

January 24, 2018

 

With the resumption of the preseason camp, we are all excited about the new season and we can’t wait to see the new signings take to the field wearing the Orlando City colors.

 

Newcomers like Stefano Pinho, Chris Mueller, Josue Colman, and Adam Grinwis would be looking to stake their claim for a place in the team.

 

Orlando City’s activities in the transfer market ahead of this season show that we would be seeing a very offensive team in the league when the new season begins.

 

Josue Colman, Stefano Pinho, and Chris Mueller are not as experienced or even talented enough to replace Kaka, but they are exciting talents and they would bring flair to the Lions play this year.

 

Goal Keeping

 

Adam Grinwis comes in highly rated, but the 25 years has a lot to do to displace first choice, Joe Bendik. However, from his displays in the early days of camping, we expect him to beat Earl Edwards junior to the number 2 spot.

 

Defense

 

This area of the team features some interesting battles. At left back, Donny Toia played almost all the games last season, but this time he faces genuine competition from Mohamed El Munir.

 

At right back, Scott Sutter played more games than any member of the Lions squad last season, so RJ Allen would have to really be impressive to bench him.

 

At center back, the Lions are expected to make some additions to that area as only Jose Aja and Jonathan Spector are available to play there at the moment.

 

Midfield

 

The midfield would be affected by coach Kreis formation more than any other position.

 

If the manager chooses to play with two central midfielders, Josue Colman and Sacha Kijestan should be the preferred pairing, but one of them may be required to play on the right side of midfield and one of Christian Higuita, Dillon Powers and Will Johnson would battle for the other central midfield slot.

 

On the right side of midfield, Josue Colman should play there, but if any of Cam Lindley and Chris Mueller manages to break into the first team, then he should play there.

 

Striker

 

Dom Dwyer is almost guaranteed a place in the striking role, but the battle for who would support him would be between Stefano Pinho, Chris Mueller, and Jose Villarreal. If Mueller impresses in the preseason, he could get the nod ahead of others, but at the moment, Stefano Pinho is the favorite to partner Dwyer.

 

Richie Laryea played as the super sub for much of last season, this season we should see some of the new recruits taking up that role. Players like Pinho and Mueller look like they can change games off the bench.

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