With the season-opening match against Orlando right around the corner, we break down New York City FC’s projected starting XI.

New York City Football Club kick off their 2017 campaign on Sunday against Orlando City SC. The Lions debut their new home stadium against their northern rivals. NYCFC are looking to make the postseason for the second consecutive year; Orlando are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in their third year of existence.

How will NYCFC line-up for the opener? Manager Patrick Vieira led his team to the postseason a year ago, but the loss of Frank Lampard and a bevy of new faces presents several interesting options for the Arsenal legend.

Here are our projections for NYCFC’s starting eleven in the season opener against Orlando.

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