Alexander Ring

New York City FC

The MLS report: Week Four

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Another week, another Union bye. Here's the latest recap of the week that was in MLS.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.

First leg looms large for NYCFC following playoff exit

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Scoring twice, recording a clean sheet, dominating possession and posting 16 shots sounds like a good day at the office for any team. Yet, for New York City FC, it wasn't enough.

A 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium was met with disappointment, as it was not enough to overcome the 4-1 loss suffered days earlier in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

NYCFC faces long odds in second leg agaisnt Columbus

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"I expect them to sit back, have a deep block and go in to counter-attack," said NYCFC head coachPatrick Vieira.

"We think the best way to advance is by scoring a goal so we're going to be focused on attacking," Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter told SiriusXM FC.

So, when the two teams square off in the second leg of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday with the Crew up 4-1.

Tactical analysis: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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NYC executed their tactical approach better than Philly and it paid off with a late win.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

Signing of Finnish international Ring latest move in busy winter for NYCFC

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It was three years before Alexander Ring placed himself in front of a camera for a televised interview while at FC Kaisterslatuern in 2. Bundesliga.

"I'm here to play soccer, not to do interviews," he told the reporter on FCK.TV in August of 2016. Ring spoke with conviction and a warm smile.

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Paatelainen’s Finland revolution – phase one completed, tactical consistency achieved (part 1 of 2)

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After half a decade spent going through the motions and hoping for a miracle with quick fix coaching appointments, the Finnish Football Association finally took the inevitable leap of faith in 2011 and set forth on a long-term project with the national team. The first step was taken in March with the appointment of Mixu Paatelainen as head coach in place of the largely unpopular and unsuccessful Stuart Baxter.

How will lively transfer window affect HJK?

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It has been a highly eventful start to the autumn for HJK. First, maintaining their devastating form in the league, the Helsinki club all but secured the Veikkausliiga title already in August. Then, ‘Klubi' gave Schalke a proper run for their money in the Europa League play-offs, beating the Germans 2-0 at home until imploding in the second half of the away leg as the hosts ran rampage with a 6-1 victory.

HJK-JJK preview

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The surprise Veikkausliiga leaders from Jyväskylä take on the reigning champions at the Sonera Stadium at 6:30pm tonight. JJK remain unbeaten with sixteen points after six matches while HJK sit third with twelve points. Therefore, even with a limited grasp of arithmetic, the hosts are in for a match they need to win.

HJK-FF Jaro preview

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HJK host Jaro at the Sonera Stadium tonight at 6:30pm. The home side have recorded three straight victories (KuPS (H), Inter (H), VPS (A)) after the opening day defeat against TPS in Turku and sit second in the table, a point behind JJK. Jaro have also recovered from their dodgy start to the season, that saw them get beaten by biggest relegation favourites RoPS (A) and Haka (H), by taking all three points at TPS and drawing at home to KuPS.

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The Best of MLS Week 7: Alvas Powell, Alexander Ring, and more

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Week 7 of the MLS season is in the books and it was another week where picking the best of the best was rather difficult. Several players produced standout performances all week long, a lot of excellent goals went in, and more than a few teams had big weeks.

Here is the best of a jam packed week of MLS action.

NYCFC Notes: McNamara, Pirlo, RSL and more

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It was an important night for Tommy McNamara. A regular in the starting XI the previous season, McNamara had been relegated to reserve duty with the additions of Rodney Wallace, Maxi Moralez, Alexander Ring and emerging teenager Yangel Herrera. With Herrera departing for the U-20 World Cup and Andrea Pirlo back home in New York, head coach Patrick Vieira plugged McNamara into the starting group at FC Dallas on Sunday night.

What Medunjanin will bring and other Union bits, league news, more

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Insight into new signing Haris Medunjanin and other Union news. SoB election results. Steel open preseason training. League news. more.