2021 Orlando City Preview: Orlando Soccer Journal and Orlando Soccer Show staff predictions

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Orlando City’s seventh season in Major League Soccer kicks off this Saturday at Exploria Stadium when the Lions host Atlanta United at 3 p.m. Coming off the success of last season, our knowledgeable staff here at the Orlando Soccer Journal as well as the co-hosts of the Orlando Soccer Show podcast, have come together to offer some predictions for the 2021 season.

[Read: 2021 Orlando City season preview]

Let’s dive right in:


Mike Gramajo

Over/Under 50 points: Over

Conference Finish: 2nd

Top GoalscorerAlexandre Pato

Breakout Star: Pato

Mike’s expectations for the season: Return to the playoffs, contend for silverware and put the league on full notice.

Austin David

Over/Under 50 Points: Under (But not by much)

Conference Finish: 5th

Top Goalscorer: Pato

Breakout Star: Silvester van der Water

Austin’s expectations for the season: Make playoffs, but eliminated in the MLS Conference Semifinals and the Leagues Cup quarterfinals

Gavin Ewbank

Over/Under 40 Points: Over

Conference Finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Chris Mueller (if Daryl Dike doesn’t come back for the rest of the season)

Breakout Star: Silvester van der Water

Gavin’s expectations for the season: Making the Leagues Cup Final and being eliminated in the playoff semis

Brad Newton

Over/Under 50 Points: Over

Conference Finish: 3rd

Top Goalscorer: Pato

Breakout Star: Silvester van der Water

Brad’s expectations for the season: Making the MLS Conference Finals and U.S. Open Cup Final

Kyle Foley

Over/Under 50 Points: Over

Conference Finish: 4th

Top Goalscorer: Mueller (if he doesn’t explode and get sold)

Breakout Star: Silvester van der Water

Kyle’s expectations for the season: Lose in both the US Open Cup and MLS Playoff semifinals (And also not be embarrasing to watch).


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