With Orlando City nearing the halfway point of their inaugural Major League Soccer campaign, it's still a little tricky to get a sense of where the Lions fit into a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race.
D.C. United and the New England Revolution have started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, but Orlando City is still only three points away from the third spot in the conference with 14 points. While it might be too early to start talking playoffs, it's the perfect time to check out how the Lions' first 13 games in MLS hold up against other expansion clubs throughout the league's history. It might even give us a better idea of what Orlando City needs to do to lock up a postseason spot in 2015.
Let's start with New York City FC, the easiest team to compare Orlando City to. In case you forgot, Man City Jr. came into the league with Orlando this year and almost ruined the Lions' first game in the top flight. But so far, NYCFC's first MLS season has been an exercise in frustration.