Orlando City SC

The Citrus Bowl in Orlando was a fun place to be to watch soccer last season, and should be even more fun this year. Cyle Larin, Kaka, and Carlos Rivas makes for a lethally potent attack, Antonio Nocerino was added to improve their midfield's solidity, and the pairing of Aurelien Collin and Seb Hines should make for an impressive defense in front of Joe Bendik.

All that's to say that a team that only barely missed the playoff cut in the Eastern Conference of MLS will be very eager and very capable of jumping over that line this season. An already-talented and fun team got even better this winter, and they have the ability to blow the playoff chase wide open this season. Stay tuned, because this team could be making a lot of noise over the coming months.

2015 record 12-14-8, 7th place in Eastern Conference

2015 Playoffs Did not qualify

Key additions Antonio Nocerino, Joe Bendik, Kevin Alston, Devron Garcia, Richie Laryea, Hadji Barry

Key losses Tally Hall, Lewis Neal, Eric Avila

Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Joe Bendik; Brek Shea, Seb Hines, David Mateos (currently hurt but will start when he returns), Rafael Ramos; Cristian Higuita, Antonio Nocerino, Darwin Ceren; Kaká, Kevin Molino; Cyle Larin

Q&A with Michael Citro, The Mane Land

Why should a new fan support this team?

Orlando City has some of the league's most likable stars in Kaká, Cyle Larin and Brek Shea. The club plays an exciting brand of soccer and, being a mostly young team, is only starting to scratch the surface on how good it can be.

Our season hinges on...

Staying healthy. Orlando City lost an unbelievable number of man games to injury last season and still managed to stay in the hunt for the final playoff spot entering the final weekend. Shaving some missed games from Shea, Kaká, Kevin Molino or Aurelien Collin may have made the difference between finishing seventh and perhaps as high as third in the Eastern Conference.

Why this year won't be like last year

Orlando City had by far the most man-games by players 21 years old or younger in MLS last season. The team addressed its youth "problem" by bringing in veteran depth players like Kevin Alston and experienced starters like Italian international Antonio Nocerino. The team also has midfielder Adrian Winter and center back David Mateos for the full season.

The Lions are still young in many respects, but all of the players who were new to MLS last year now have a year under their belts and know what to expect. Even head coach Adrian Heath, who admitted at Media Day that 2015 was a learning curve for himself as well, won't be surprised at what life in MLS holds in store this time around. In addition, it would strain credulity to think the team will suffer as many key injuries in 2016 as it had last season, and Heath has addressed the discipline problems that caused so many suspensions last year. By keeping the starters on the pitch, Orlando City can make up the difference in points that cost it a playoff position in 2015.

Game we're most looking forward to in 2016

Orlando City entered MLS last year alongside New York City FC, but by no means is there a fraternal bond between the clubs as a result. On March 18, the Lions travel up to Yankee Stadium for an early-season clash in the burgeoning rivalry, and you can believe our fans will relish the chance to watch the teams square off in season two, looking to grab the season series after the points were evenly split in 2015. And given the increased ambitions for both teams this year, that match could have very real consequences for the Eastern Conference playoff race come season's end.