When New York City FC and Orlando City SC entered the league last season, they developed a unique rivalry sparked by their inaugural status in Major League Soccer. Now in their second seasons, both teams are well positioned to make their first postseason appearances after showing much improvement in year two. New York forward David Villa currently leads the Golden Boot race with eight goals scored this season, helping his team to a current second-place standing in the Eastern Conference (4-4-5, 17 points). Adding to New York’s attack are Khiry Shelton and Tommy McNamara, who each are tied for sixth in MLS with four assists on the season, giving the team a dangerous and consistent attacking trio to watch out for.
Orlando, meanwhile, counters with the dangerous duo of Cyle Larin and Brazilian superstar Kaká. Larin, the 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year, already has six goals on the season following a brace in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Montreal Impact. Kaká and Larin’s growing chemistry on the field has become apparent as they teamed up on both goals against Montreal, with Larin scoring the game-winner off a brilliant piece of teamwork and passing from Kaká in the 87th minute of play (Watch Goal). New York will be sure to look out for Larin in the match on Sunday, May 29, as the 21-year-old forward has four goals in two career games at Yankee Stadium (4 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN Deportes).