MLS: Five Predictions For The 2016 Season

New York Clubs Struggle

Both teams in the New York area experienced somewhat dramatic makeovers in the off season, NYCFC to a greater degree, that have modified their rosters. However, expect the two teams to experience similar fates.

NYCFC have added many new faces, the most significant being the high profile hiring of manager Patrick Vieira. Their roster looks more promising than last season’s but relying on a few aging players and having a true lack of experience in their ranks will prevent the club from having a strong second season. Expansion clubs require a certain mold to be successful and it is truly difficult to see NYCFC figuring that out in 2016.

The Red Bulls had a very strong 2015 season but will have to adjust their plans due to the departure of 20 year old defender Matt Miazga to Chelsea of the English Premier League. Though they have kept virtually the same players as last season, the club will struggle to replace Miazga, a fan favorite who was one of the biggest contributors to their success. It is possible that the Red Bulls could stay among the top teams in MLS, but it will likely take them a decent amount of games to get it right.