As the second-year franchises look to take a step forward, New York City FC and Orlando City SC have important pieces to build around in two of MLS' top scorers from last season.
All eyes figure to be on New York's David Villa and Orlando's Cyle Larin on Friday night when Villa looks to stay hot at Yankee Stadium and lead NYCFC to the best start in its brief history.
Although New York City (1-0-1) finished seven points behind Orlando City (0-0-2) and 12 out of a playoff spot during its inaugural season, Villa certainly lived up to expectations after signing as a free transfer from Atletico Madrid to become the first player in club history.
The Spanish forward finished fourth in his MLS debut with 18 goals - just ahead of Larin's 17. Villa had his fifth multiple-goal game in 32 MLS appearances on Sunday when his two early scores gave New York City a lead it couldn't hold in a 2-draw versus Toronto.
NYCFC, tied for second in the MLS with six goals, can now best its 1-0-2 start in 2015.
"The team is getting better and better and I'm really excited about the (Orlando City) game because I saw some really positive stuff," manager Patrick Vieira told the team's official website. >> Read more