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D.C. United vs. NYCFC Community/Site Player Ratings

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We unpack the unpleasantness.

D.C. United was hoping to get some sort of result in a place (Yankee Stadium) they hadn't against a team (New York City FC) opening up a stadium for another team the previous week. But the 4-0 loss showed several different things of concern for fans, perhaps things beyond what could be dismissed as a one-off rout.

D.C. United listless in NYCFC defeat

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United were again largely toothless without Luciano Acosta

It was not much of a surprise an hour before kickoff on Sunday, with D.C. United visiting New York City FC, that Luciano Acosta was once again missing from the gameday squad. Head coach Ben Olsen had said throughout the week the playmaker was day-to-day with an ankle injury, and as of Tuesday Acosta had not returned to the practice field.

Villa at the double as New York bounce back in MLS

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice as New York City FC bounced back from their opening weekend defeat with a 4-0 rout of DC United in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa scored once and created another in a dominant first-half display as New York responded to last week’s disappointing loss to Orlando City FC in emphatic fashion.

Villa at the double as New York bounce back in MLS

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice as New York City FC bounced back from their opening weekend defeat with a 4-0 rout of DC United in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa scored once and created another in a dominant first-half display as New York responded to last week’s disappointing loss to Orlando City FC in emphatic fashion.

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.

After claiming MVP honors, Villa hopes to continue making history in MLS

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As a player who has won every major trophy imaginable, David Villa had nothing left to prove to the soccer world when he departed Europe in 2014.

However, Villa himself felt he still had plenty left to do.

The Spaniard's ambitions took him onto his next journey: soccer in America.

New York City FC's David Villa named 2016 MLS MVP

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One of the most decorated players in soccer history collected another accolade on Tuesday as David Villa was named the 2016 MLS MVP.

The New York City FC captain and striker tallied 23 goals and four assists in 33 games this season and garnered 25.

SBI MLS MVP: David Villa

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The 2016 MLS season was very kind to New York City FC forward David Villa.

The Spaniard finished the campaign with 23 goals and four assists in 33 appearances as he helped NYCFC qualify for the postseason for the first time. Those accomplishments have led to Villa being named the SBI MLS Most Valuable Player of 2016.

Report: Villa will not face suspension for second leg against TFC

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Already down, 2-0, to Toronto FC after the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal, New York City FC can breathe a sigh of relief after avoiding further bad news.

According to Sports Illustrated, star forward and captain David Villa will reportedly not face a suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee for his kick to the back of Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper.

First half outburst sends D.C. United to playoffs with 3-1 win over NYCFC

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First half goals from Mullins, Boswell, and Vincent guarantee United's playoff spot

D.C. United came into the penultimate game of the MLS season just needing one win to secure their 2016 goal of making the playoffs. In front of the biggest home crowd of the season, the Black-and-Red took care of that business against New York City FC, scoring thrice in the first half to secure a 3-1 win.

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.

Villa shines as NYCFC beats Dynamo to take top spot in East

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A dominant performance from New York City FC earned the team a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday night.

David Villa strengthened his MVP campaign with two goals in the NYCFC win. The first came in the 52nd minute off a corner kick and the second arrived just before the final whistle.

David Villa bolsters MLS MVP chances with brace in NYCFC rout

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NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.

All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.

In midst of another standout season, Villa aims to improve performances on turf fields

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NEW YORK David Villa is having an MVP-typeseason, with 17 goals and two assists to his name thus far to help lead New York City FC to the brink of a playoff spot.

As good as he has been in 2016, Villa still sees room for improvement. Particularly when it comes to playing on turf fields.

D.C. United

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.

D.C. United re-signs Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract

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The target man is here to stay

Black & Red United can confirm that D.C. United have re-signed forward Patrick Mullins to a multi-year contract extension. Mullins made $126K in guaranteed compensation last year, and looks poised for a well-deserved raise. As per MLS policy, exact terms were not disclosed.

D.C. United season review: Patrick Mullins

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United's attack was revitalized after Mullins came to town

Back on July 20th, D.C. United was not in a good place. The Black-and-Red was 5W-7D-7L, the definition of mediocrity. They had been held to one or zero goals on in 15 of their 19 games, and three of the times they did manage to get a second goal came against Vancouver and New England (teams that missed the playoffs).

MLS-New York City FC

Moralez brings something "completely different" to NYCFC

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New York City FC supporters have been noisy on social media in the off-season, curious as to what prominent Designated Player the club would obtain to replace retired legend Frank Lampard.

While Maxi Moralez may not rank with Sami Khedira in name recognition, the 5-foot 3-inch attacking midfielder may be NYCFC's most essential acquisition since star forward David Villa.

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.

NYCFC's prolific offense halted by Toronto's smothering press

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NEW YORK — Something had to give.

In a battle between New York City FC's high-octane offense and Toronto FC's smothering defense, one team's strength was going to nullify the other's, and it turned out to be the latter that prevailed in convincing fashion.

Villa's brace, Shelton's assists power NYCFC past Fire

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NEW YORK — New York City FC still needs a little help this weekend, but the second-year club did its part on Friday night in hopes of clinching its first playoff berth.

Behind a brace from David Villa and tallies from Jefferson Mena and Steven Mendoza, NYCFC topped the Chicago Fire, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium to temporarily reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union

Strength of schedule and other Union bits, SoB election update, league news, more

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Union news and more.

Union preseason dates announced, three more drafted, Real signs with Steel, more

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Union announce three preseason games, select three in final rounds of draft. Union Academy product Matthew Real signs with Bethlehem. League news. More.

Union bits, Steel sign defender, league news, more

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Union pass on Stage 2 of Re-Entry Draft. Barnetta named Union's all-time best. Bethlehem sign Roberts. League news. More.

Union bits and bobs, US Soccer postpones Division 2 decision, more

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Got news if you want it.

Union bits, Academy results, Conference semifinals results, more

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News and such.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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It's the last game of the regular season. If things go well, it won't be the last game of the year.

It's the last match of the regular season, and the Philadelphia Union host the New York Red Bulls. While that would normally light a fire in the bellies of the players and fans, this time it seems like more of an afterthought.

Union news and notes, more

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Newsie news bits.

Andre Blake

Rosenberry, Blake, and Pontius up for year-end awards, more news

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Tri of Union players up for total of four end-of-season awards. Academy's Rayshaun McGann called up by US U-17s along with former Academy GK C.J. Joaquim Dos Santos. More news.

Blake graduates from Generation adidas, more news

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Blake no longer has Generation adidas status. More Union bits and other news.

Major League Soccer

MLS Award finalists include three Sounders

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Jordan Morris, Nicolas Lodeiro and Chad Marshall are the only Seattle players short listed.

No Seattle Sounders are nominated for the prestigious awards of MVP, Defender of the Year or Keeper of the Year. Instead, the team itself and Chad Marshall are each short-listed for the "Fair Play Award", with just half a season Nicolas Lodeiro still earned a nod as potential Newcomer of the Year, and Jordan Morris joins Keegan Rosenberry as the Rookie of the Year favorites.

Best of MLS Week 34: Barnes, Harrison and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps dominated the Best of MLS for the last week of the regular season, while several rookies stepped up to lead their team to victory.

Here's a look at this weekend's Best of MLS

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

His time with the Vancouver Whitecaps hasn't always been easy, but Giles Barnes stepped up in a big way on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: Schweinsteiger, Atlanta United, Villa, and more

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Don Garber addressed a big-name veteran linked to the league, while Atlanta United has signed one for the future.

MLS commissioner Don Garber says the league would "welcome Bastian (Schweinsteiger) with open arms" if the German midfielder was to push for a move. (REPORT)

Atlanta United has signed U.

The Best of MLS Week 30: Manotas, Morris, Bedoya and more

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Several of MLS' stars shined over the weekend, but it was an up-and-coming forward that sealed SBI MLS Player of the Week honors. Mauro Manotas bagged a hat-trick for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, leading the way in a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers.

David Villa appears at GO90 event to promote soccer streaming service

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[David Villa, Captain of the New York City FC, watches the FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match via the go90 app Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in New York. (Adam Hunger/AP Images for go90)]

If you're a professional soccer player and you're on the road most of the time, how do you watch your favorite soccer teams and leagues?

David Villa appears at GO90 event to promote soccer streaming service

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[David Villa, Captain of the New York City FC, watches the FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match via the go90 app Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in New York. (Adam Hunger/AP Images for go90)]

If you're a professional soccer player and you're on the road most of the time, how do you watch your favorite soccer teams and leagues?

The Rest

2016 Player Review: Roland Alberg

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Roland Alberg had an explosive middle of the season, but is there room for him on the roster next year?

Quick, name the top players in MLS in terms of goals scored per minute played. If you thought of Sebastian Giovinco, Bradley Wright-Phillips, David Villa, Frank Lampard, Ola Kamara and players like that, you were right.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Lineup against the Colorado Rapids

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The Houston Dynamo take on 2nd place in the West the Colorado Rapids. Who's in your starting XI?

The Houston Dynamo failed to extend their winning streak after last week's 2-0 home loss to Eastern Conference powerhouse New York City FC thanks to a brace by David Villa. The offense that looked so good the week prior in large part to a hat-trick by Mauro Manotas struggled to get any shots on target despite 11 total shots.

Fantasy Focus: Fly Like a Neagle

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Into the playoff (position)

With so many teams playing twice this round, big numbers were bound to come. Willy Nilly put up 133 points to lead the league. Ignacio Piatti (MTL, $11.7) captained the team and scored 28 points on a goal and an assist. Osvaldo Alonso (SEA, $9.5) trailed with 17 points on a goal of his own, and David Villa (NYC, $12.