Orlando City – The Mane Land May results prediction

After picking up four points in three games with a 1-1 record in April, Orlando City is looking to calm the storm and get meaningful results against several teams above them in the table and some of the Eastern Conference's best. The Lions will play six games in May, and before tonight's home game against FC Cincinnati, I wanted to put my psychic abilities to the test and try to predict the team's results over an entire month.

Saturday, May 4th – vs. FC Cincinnati

The most important thing about a bad loss is not letting yourself be beaten twice, and that's exactly what the Lions will want to avoid as they try to shake off the heartbreaking last-minute loss to Toronto FC in late April when they host FC Cincinnati. Last year's Supporters' Shield winners enter the game on a two-game winning streak after defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in their last game. Cincinnati is a different squad than the one that won the Shield a year ago. USMNT forward Brandon Vazquez is playing in Mexico and new additions Miles Robinson and DeAndre Yedlin are joining the roster this year. Fortunately, Orlando's offense has awakened and in April the Lions scored multiple goals in two of their three games. Cincinnati will be without the services of Aaron Boupendza due to a broken jaw and I want this game to be a high scoring but even result.

Prediction: Orlando City – FC Cincinnati 2-2.

Saturday, May 11 – at Philadelphia Union

The Union found itself in a bit of a haze after the Concacaf Champions Cup, similar to Orlando, with just four points separating the teams in nine games. Subaru Park, a place that has previously been impossible for road teams to win, was finally cracked by Orlando City last year, and the Union has already lost once in front of a home crowd this year thanks to Real Salt Lake. The first road test of the month for the Lions will test the team's ability to play in a hostile environment and a win could go a long way towards moving up the table. Orlando still has to deal with Andre Blake, Jack Elliot and Daniel Gazdag, but this version of the Union feels a little less threatening than in years past.

Prediction: Orlando City 2-1 Philadelphia Union.

Wednesday, May 15th – against Inter Miami

Lionel Messi and his friends in a short week after an away game… it feels like the planners are doing this on purpose at this point, doesn't it? Orlando will look to avenge its worst result of the year, a 5-0 loss that occurred March 2 in South Florida. The key to this game will be dealing with emotions, as the Lions have shown in the past that they have the right players in place to frustrate Messi, but they can also get stuck in the moment. This could be a coin toss as there could potentially be a heavy rotation on both sides and Miami continues to deal with multiple injuries to its supporting cast. Nonetheless, I think Orlando is flipping the script here and the game against the boys in pink will be a turning point for the entire season.

Prediction: Orlando City 2-0 Inter Miami.

Saturday, May 18 – at San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose has had a miserable start to the new year and is currently tied with the New England Revolution by four points in the Wooden Spoon favorites. Still, this will be Orlando's third game in eight days, a task the team hasn't had to deal with since Concacaf tied the MLS regular season in March. To me, it feels like the trap game on the schedule, coming from a tough midweek game against in-state rivals and the following week taking on the highest-scoring juggernauts known as the Columbus Crew. I expect Oscar Pareja to change the squad for this game to try and save some mileage on the legs and that will ultimately be the team's undoing as they need to salvage a draw against the Quakes late on.

Prediction: Orlando City 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes.

Saturday, May 25th – vs. Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew will face the Lions in their first game of the season at the end of the month. The reigning MLS Cup champions have been on a roll in both the MLS regular season and the Concacaf Champions Cup and will now face CF Pachuca in the final game of the tournament on June 1. The timing of this game a week later could create some interesting storylines as the Crew – which also has a midweek game on May 29 – looks to stay fresh. As an Orlando fan, I wouldn't hold my breath hoping for a few unknown names in the starting lineup. The Crew is capable of hurting teams in a variety of ways, even with a week off and training in Orlando, I think The team that knocked OCSC out of the 2023 MLS playoffs will once again claim an away win while wants to prepare the team for their championship final.

Prediction: Orlando City 0-2 Columbus Crew.

Wednesday, May 29th – vs. Chicago Fire FC

The stormy month ends in the Windy City as Orlando travels to Chicago for a midweek game to close out the month. Chicago, like Orlando, had a turbulent start to the season and the Fire are currently only one point ahead of the Lions in the table. Orlando won both meetings in 2023 with a final score of 3-1. I think after five more games this month, chemistry issues should be a thing of the past, and while points are always at a premium in MLS, I believe Orlando will keep their winning streak alive against the Fire by scoring early and then jump to the top on your way to victory.

Prediction: Orlando City 3-0 Chicago Fire FC.

If things go the way I've set them up now, Orlando will score 11 points in the month of May. The month will also end with Orlando closer to the playoff line but still out. My predictions are based on the team's historical results against these teams, the schedule congestion of both the Lions and their opponents, and finally, the true belief that this team has the tools necessary to achieve victories at the end of the day. Check back at the end of the month to see how close I came to predicting the right results. Vamos Orlando!

Anna Harden

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