​New York City FC won't have Andoni Iraola and Frank Lampard for next season, but they are already planning for a 2017 campaign where they are expected to be among the contenders for an MLS Cup title.


For that to happen, though, NYCFC needs to do a better job of capitalizing their scoring chances. The loss of Lampard doesn't help as the former Chelsea star was the team's second top scorer behind David Villa, but the management has made a step in the right direction to compensate the loss of the Englishman. 


According to the team's official website, NYCFC has signed the reigning USL MVP Sean Okoli, as the 23-year-old striker becomes the team's first signing of the transfer window.

​​Okoli is coming off an impressive year with FC Cincinnati, as he won the USL MVP thanks to 16 goals in 29 games. The striker has already represented the USMNT at the U18 and U20 level, and he's hoping the move to MLS can set the stage for the next jump in his career.


“It's a big club and we want to win here so it’s not going to be easy to just come here and continue to grow – I know I need to put the work in. I like to work really hard on the field and to score goals and hopefully I can do that in an entertaining way here in New York,” he told the team's official website.


Okoli has already played at the MLS level with the Seattle Sounders and with the New England Revolution, but he's yet to score a goal in the league. From what we can see in the video of his MVP Campaign with Cincinnati, he shouldn't have problems to adjust to MLS quickly.

​​He's obviously not going to score 16 goals in his first MLS season, but who knows? He seems to be talented enough to make an instant impact for a NYCFC side that needs all the help they can get on the attack.