Last year, we made fifteen NYCFC predictions for 2015, and our batting average was akin to that of Stephen Drew (but without any of the power).
Luckily, this is a new year, and until the conclusion of next weekend, everyone in Major League Soccer is undefeated.
To be clear: this is not my 2016 wish list. This is a list of things that will most definitely, factually occur.
- NYCFC will win its opener against Chicago.
- Frank Lampard will score in his first start of the season.
- The good guys will not lose a single game to the Red Bulls.
- New York City’s sterling record against Canada will continue-- just like last year, they will lose only one total game versus Montreal/Toronto/Vancouver.
- They will qualify for the Eastern Conference playoffs in either the 4th or 5th spot.
- Eirik Johansen will make a start in goal in one of the first five games of the season.
- During the campaign, Lampard will announce that this is his final season as a footballer.
- Set to take the reigns at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola will speak openly of his admiration for either Kwadwo Poku or Ronald Matarrita, and trans-Atlantic rumors will begin to swirl…
- Once again, NYCFC will score more regular season goals than Portland.
- A player not named David Villa will score a hat trick.
- Andrea Pirlo will score on a direct free kick.
- Jack Harrison will impress during Mix Diskeud's and Matarrita’s summertime absences for the Copa America.
- A New York City midfielder will win MLS Goal of the Week.
- Tony Taylor will emerge as a fan favorite, and will be among the team’s top 5 scorers for the season.
- Andrew Jacobson will score another screamer from 30+ yards.
- The good guys will win their first-ever MLS playoff game.