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How many goals can Orlando City’s offense score this season?

January 25, 2018

 

 

After losing 14 players and signing 9 between December 2017 and now, it is safe to say that Orlando City has gone through some major changes.

 

There is renewed competition among goalkeepers, there is some depth in the full-back, while the center back still needs some reinforcements. The current squad also has an abundance of talent in the midfield and that area would arguably be the toughest for any player to get a shirt.

However, there remain some major concerns about the productivity of the Lions attack.

 

Orlando City scored more goals than only two other MLS teams in the whole of last year with just 39 goals, and the Lions ended the season with a difference of -19 goals.

These statistics do not read well for a team that should be competing for the MLS title this season.

 

To make matters worse, club record signing Cyle Larin has refused to return for preseason training, choosing to instead remain in Turkey in a bid to force a move to Besiktas. His imminent departure means that only 5 players who scored for Orlando last season would be remaining when the new season begins.

 

So who else can score the goals we need?

The three years contract offered to Dom Dwyer last year would see him come under a little pressure as he would now be looked up to for the goals. Dwyer has already won two major trophies in his career and comes with experience too. With an impressive 91 career goals in 182 games, Lions fans can trust Dwyer to score many goals with the creative talents that have been brought in to assist him.

 

Josue Colman has only netted 4 times in his career, but he is still very young and coach Kreis can help him add goals to his game. Sacha Kljestan has been the king of assist in the MLS over the past two season, but he scored only 2 times last year.

 

Stefano Pinho could bring in a few goals, but he has only been able to prove himself in the NASL and US Open Cup. What he needs to add to his game is scoring on a consistent basis.

 

Another major question fans would be asking is how long it would take teenage stars Cam Lindley and Chris Meuller to adapt to the MLS, after all, they both starred for the school team last year? Mueller has asked to play further forward a position he excelled in last year, his versatility would also prove useful if he can score goals from midfield.

 

Jose Villarreal is another goalscoring outlet for the Lions if he would be given enough opportunities to play. He scored 5 goals for LA Galaxy, but he looks like he could have scored more if he was given more chances to play.

 

With enough time to prepare before the season’s opener against DC United, coach Kreis would do well to get his team ready to score goals from more areas of the pitch than relying on the target man.

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