With the talent on Orlando City’s roster, it can’t be acceptable missing the postseason two straight years.
In terms of Major League Soccer, Orlando City SC is young. Only in their second season in the top league after their run in the USL, the Lions are one of three teams eliminated from playoff contention.
With a roster boasting former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka, unstoppable striker Cyle Larin, and USMNTer Brek Shea, they don’t lack talent. It is hard not to draw comparisons to the other team that entered MLS in 2015 alongside Orlando City, NYCFC.
While they are two entirely unique teams, they both have a lot in common. Both fired their coaches they entered the league with. Ironically, OCSC hired that coach fired by their counterpart, Jason Kreis. They both missed the playoffs last season.
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But a major difference is where they sit right now. Orlando City leads only the basement dwelling Chicago Fire, while NYCFC is currently tied on points atop the Eastern Conference table.
Cyle Larin won’t be with Orlando City forever. Honestly, he could be gone as soon as this offseason. The second year Canadian striker is a hotly discussed player among leagues all over the world.
If he sticks around, and 2017 is his last ride with OCSC, the club needs to take advantage. Even without Larin, this club is too talented to not even make the playoffs. While maybe they may not battle their 2015 expansion brothers for Eastern Conference supremacy, they certainly cannot accept missing the postseason a third straight year.