Ahead of the new season, Orlando City have been making new additions to their team, and there have also been departures from Orlando City.
One thing we know for sure is that the new additions to the Lion's roster are very exciting and if they all play to their fullest potential, we could be winning the league title at the end of this season.
However, with only 11 players allowed on the pitch at a certain time, in this series of articles, we would be discussing the various formations that coach Kreis can adopt and who would be the best playing to man the several positions. I start with the 4-3-3 formation in this article.
Joe Bendik played 33 times for the Lions last season, and except he gets injured, he remains the undisputed number one, and we would stick with him here. He won 4 Man of the Match awards last year, hopefully, he would do better this time around.
Scot Sutter played the highest number of times for an outfield player last year and faces competition from RJ Allen this season. But, we would stick by him after he racked up 4 assists and a pass success rate of 80.4% last season.
Mohammed EL Munir looks like he would provide more attacking endeavor from this position, but we would stick with Donny Toia until the Libyan proves his worth. Toia provided 2 goals last year, he would need to do better this time, but he offers stability at the back.
Right center back
Jose Aja played 15 times for the Orlando Lions last season, but we think Amro Tarek has more athleticism and would beat him in the race for the right center back spot. We stick with the on-loan Egyptian.
Left center back
Jonathan Spector played in 25 MLS games for the Lions last season, we expect him to remain a key player for the Lions again when the new season resumes. He had the average rating of 6.88 last season and posted an impressive 82.1% pass completion rate.
Oriol Rosell would undisputedly be tasked with the number six role at Orlando city this season. The Spaniard played 12 times in Europe before making the move and is rated on average at 6.79 by Whoscored. Despite his combative style, he only collected two yellow cards in those matches before moving to the MLS.
Central attacking midfielder
Sacha Kljestan posted an impressive 10 assists and 3 goals in the MLS last season, this stat makes him too valuable to be left out of their Lions starting lineup, he takes up a place in our central midfield.
Central attacking midfielder
Cristian Higuita played 26 times for the Lions last season, contributing 2 goals and a solid 87.6% of his passes were complete. The Colombian takes the second central midfield spot as the likes of Cam Lindley and Chris Mueller have to prove their worth before getting into the team.
Left wing forward
Justin Meram is one of the most experienced and arguably the most accomplished MLS player on this team and he would lead the Lions attack from the left. He scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists from the left of attack last season.
Right wing forward
Josue Colman may have just entered the MLS, but he comes with so much experience in the very tough Copa Libertadores and we back him to start in the right of the Lions attack.
Dom Dwyer is the Undisputed starter in the center forward role for the Lions this season. Unless he gets injured, he would be looking to score more than his 9 goals and 4 assists from last season.