Andrea Pirlo

New York City FC

2017 MLS Season: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union story stream

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The Philadelphia Union head to the Bronx after losing their first game in seven tries. They'll be without captain Alejandro Bedoya and young midfielder Derrick Jones, both of whom are out on international duty with the United States. They'll face off against a New York City FC team that has to play its third match in seven days, and will likely do so without Khiry Shelton and Andrea Pirlo.

Win it for me, legend Pirlo tells Juventus

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win Saturday’s Champions League final for him.

“Here we are: Juve-Real in the Champions League final. I say ‘we’ because even if this time I will not be on the pitch, I will be the number one supporter,” the veteran midfielder wrote in a column for La Stampa, the daily based in Juventus’s home city of Turin.

Win it for me, legend Pirlo tells Juventus

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Rome (AFP) – Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win Saturday’s Champions League final for him.

“Here we are: Juve-Real in the Champions League final. I say ‘we’ because even if this time I will not be on the pitch, I will be the number one supporter,” the veteran midfielder wrote in a column for La Stampa, the daily based in Juventus’s home city of Turin.

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.

SBI Question of the Day: What is Pirlo's best role with NYCFC?

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Even the most talented stars are at the mercy of their body's ability to perform at a high level. All the technique in the world can't prolong a career if your legs simply can't carry you, and that holds true for everyone on a long-term scale, though some rebel against it longer than others.

Reports: Andrea Pirlo To Join Chelsea Coaching Staff As Of Next Season

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As anybody who has witnessed him in "action" for New York City over the past year or so will duly attest, Andrea Pirlo effectively retireda while ago now.

Indeed, with the 37-year-old midfielder having now dwindled to an insouciant saunter, it's being rumoured that he's finally about to shuffle off the footballing coil and into the coaching racket.

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

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Los Angeles (AFP) David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference.

City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals.

Sporting KC exploits NYCFC defensive mistakes in win

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Ike Opara starred in a winning effort for Sporting KC on Sunday night at Children's Mercy Park, netting his first goal of the season for the home side.

Not only did Opara lock down MLS leading goalscorer David Villa in an entertaining one-on-one matchup, but he tapped in the goal that sealed a 3-1 win for Sporting KC.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Andrea Pirlo

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Match report: NYCFC 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Lampard, Villa, and Pirlo scored for NYCFC as they downed Philadelphia Union 3-2 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

GAME THREAD: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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MLS back!

UNION GAME #15
VS
Yankee Stadium, New York City, NY
Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00 PM
TCN - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS Live
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Hudson River Blue
Starting XI
Thomas McNamara, David Villa, Jack Harrison Forward Fabian Herbers
Andrea Pirlo, Andoni Iraola, Frank Lampard Midfield

Chris Pontius, Tranquillo Barnetta, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Warren Creavalle

Rónald Matarrita, Jason Hernandez, Frédéric Brillant, R.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man group for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final, but are facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man group for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final, but are facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Conte fine-tunes Italy’s Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte cut several Euro 2016 hopefuls from a preliminary squad on Monday as he unveiled a 30-man squad for the Azzurri's second pre-competition training camp.

Italy will head to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France looking to reach a second successive final but facing a formidable challenge after failing to get past the first round at the past two editions of the World Cup.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/22/16

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Easy like Sunday morning hanging a touchdown on New York City FC.

Philadelphia Union News

Orlando City vs Montreal Impact: Final Score 2-1 as Cyle Larin's Brace Leads Lions To Victory
The Union face Orlando City in their next match on Wednesday. Here's how Orlando did in their last game.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

Shelton, McNamara shining for NYCFC

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In the Designated Player era, MLS teams are always going to be judged by their marquee signings. As the signings go, so go the team.For New York City FC, a team with the likes of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard on their roster, the ceiling for success is especially high—and potentially disastrously low if any or all of those players don't find their footing in their new home.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat NYCFC

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The Black-and-Red need to get on the front foot against a fragile New York City FC side tonight

Coming off of a 1-1 draw on the road last week, D.C. United faces New York City FC in a precarious position. The Black-and-Red are above the red line, but the visitors trail them only due to goal difference.

Juventus

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

Serie A: Juventus Striker Paulo Dybala Arrows Home Stunning Free-Kick Against Former Club Palermo (Video)

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Juventus extended theirlead at the top of Serie A to 10 points on Friday after a convincing 4-1 win against Palermo in Turin.

Ex-Palermo star Paulo Dybala was the star of the show for Juve, bagging a brace which included an outstanding first-half free-kick.

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Dybala made the move to Palermo from Argentina in 2012, quickly becoming a star for the Sicilian club.

From Berlin to Balotelli through gloom and glory: The 10-year evolution of the Italy national team

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by Franco Ficetola What were you doing ten years ago today? If you're reading thisthen the chances are you probably love football. And if you love the beautiful game, it's more than...

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No Pirlo, as Conte names provisional pre-Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo was among the absentees as coach Antonio Conte named a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp with several stars absent with Cup finals to play.

Conte, who earlier Monday was cleared of sporting fraud charges relating to a match-fixing affair while he was coach of Serie B team Siena in 2011, can now fully focus on the Azzurri although questions remain over his final 23-man squad.

No Pirlo, as Conte names provisional pre-Euro 2016 squad

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Milan (AFP) Italy veteran Andrea Pirlo was among the absentees as coach Antonio Conte named a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp with several stars absent with Cup finals to play.

Conte, who earlier Monday was cleared of sporting fraud charges relating to a match-fixing affair while he was coach of Serie B team Siena in 2011, can now fully focus on the Azzurri although questions remain over his final 23-man squad.

MLS-New York City FC

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.

Italy's Conte says Giovinco, Pirlo paid consequences of MLS moves

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Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo will not be a part of the Italian National Team's Euro 2016 run, and, according to head coach Antonio Conte, their MLS moves may have been the deciding factor in their exclusions.

The Toronto FC forward and NYCFC midfielder were left off of Conte's 30-man preliminary roster, which was released on Monday.

David Villa

NYCFC projected starting 11 to face D.C. United

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This week, Opposition 11 looks over David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and the rest of the New York City FC lineup

You might not have particularly fond memories of D.C. United's last trip to Yankee Stadium. Leading New York City FC 1-0 and frankly doing so comfortably, a short-handed United side saw a huge error from stand-in left back Luke Mishu gift David Villa a 79th minute goal, and a game the Black-and-Red were quietly putting to bed instead became a raging hellion.

NYCFC signs Moralez as Designated Player

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Following the departure of Frank Lampard, NYCFC went out in search of their third Designated Player. They got him on Wednesday.

NYCFC announced Wednesday that the club has signed Argentinian midfielder Maxi Moralez as a DP. Moralez joins from Mexico's Club Leon, signing a three-year deal with NYCFC.

Have a look at D.C. United’s player ratings in FIFA 17

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From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game

EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: Hall, Ridgewell, Pirlo and more

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An MLS veteran is set to move on to his next career, while several stars feel the fallout of Thursday night's All-Star Game.

Veteran goalkeeper Tally Hall is reportedly set to retire from professional soccer to begin a career in law enforcement.

Dunga on Kaka: D.C. United & Sundry Soccer Links for 10 June 2016

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MLS Team Not Happy About Brazilian Manager Dissing The League - Deadspin: Dunga gets all poopy about Kaka. And our comrades at The Mane Land disses back good.

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New Chelsea Boss Pans Quality Of MLS

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It is fair to say that current Italy national team boss Antonio Conte is not a big fan of Major League Soccer. Conte decided not to include Sebastian Giovinco or Andrea Pirlo in Italy's provisional 30-man Euro 2016 squad because of where they play.

The former Juventus coach admitting that their decision to play in the MLS influenced his final selection.

Major Link Soccer: Dynamo Moscow Relegated, van Gaal out

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Big shakeups across Europe as the Winter schedule comes to a close

Seattle

Still in what's thought of as the prime of a professional sporting career, Dani Foxhoven has hung up her cleats. Foxhoven showed up to last week's Seattle Reign-Portland Thorns match to cheer on two of her former clubs.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/8/16

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Philadelphia Union News

Union notes: More from Maurice Edu, Copa comments and veteran ball shagging
Here's round up from this week's new on the Union.

MLS News

A collection of the most entertaining responses to Brad Evans' Donald Trump tweet
Have a laugh at some of the most entertaining responses.

The Rest

Major Link Soccer: Mallory Pugh to be introduced today

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After weeks of speculation, the 19-year-old will finally play for an NWSL club.

Seattle

It was a great weekend for the Seattle Reign. After demolishing the Washington Spirit 6-2 on Saturday, the Reign have taken the top spot in Power Rankings.

Haley Kopmeyer is up for Save of the Week for her late game reaction save that kept the Spirit to just two goals on the afternoon.

Nike Furnish Andrea Pirlo With Special Wine-Themed Custom Tiempo Boots (Photos)

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Nike have furnished Andrea Pirlo with his very own pair of custom Tiempo boots, boots that were intended to marry his two favourite pastimes: football and loitering around at vineyards.

Having spent his childhood helping out and harvesting grapes in the vineyards of Flero, Italy,Pirlo now owns and operates his very own winery in the region.

Notes from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Injury updates on Fabinho, Ilsinho, and Nogueira. Curtin on reported Lahoud sale. Marquez makes MLS Team of the Week, More news.