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Fantasy Focus: Running of the Bull

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Getting fat off the weak

This round's leader was DC Buzzards,with a whopping score of 173 points, 20 more than the next closest team. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.9) tallied two goals and an assist on the way to 46 points, easily leading the team. Behind him were Red Bulls teammates Sacha Kljestan ($11.

Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 20: Guzan with Atlanta, road win for Red Bulls

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Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta.

"More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said.

David Villa wins ESPY for Best MLS Player

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Though lost in the U.S. Men's National Team focus last night, New York City FC's David Villa came away with a trophy at the 2017 ESPY Awards.

The 35-year-old star striker and captain of NYCFC walked away with the award for Best MLS Player at last night's show, beating out competition from Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges, and New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.

A look at the biggest transfer needs for MLS Supporters' Shield contenders

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The summer transfer window is a funny one. At this point in the season, you generally know what you have and what you don't, but the process of addressing those needs in the mid-summer window is a tough one. Midseason additions always bring in mixed results, and adding the wrong one could set teams back in a major way.

Around The Forest: San Jose Earthquake’s Matheus Silva wakes from coma

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David Villa and the Chicago Fire take home a fair share of midseason awards from ESPN FC and more.

Portland:

New swimming beach opens next week in Portland | KGW.com
Soon the city of Portland will have a brand new swimming beach. Poet's Beach marks the city's first designated swim area on the Willamette.

SBI MLS Player of the Month: David Villa

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New York City FC went unbeaten in MLS play during the month of June, remaining a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their best player and top goalscorer is now getting the recognition he deserves for a great month.

With three league goals in four matches, NYCFC forward David Villa is the SBI MLS Player of the Month for June.

Why MLS is more exciting than the EPL

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Collin Deckert explains how the EPL is not as exciting as MLS, and why.

Andre Blake nominated for an ESPY

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The Philadelphia Union goalkeeper is up for MLS Player of the Year

Philadelphia Union and Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake is up for an ESPY for MLS Player of the Year. Voting started on June 21 and the award will be handed out on July 12 during the ESPYS. Blake is up against Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges, New York City FC forward David Villa, and New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips for the award.

MLS, USMNT, NWSL, Bundesliga, & more: Freedom Kicks for 6/20/17

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Plus: a special appearance by a very special animal.

Happy Tuesday! I've got a full slate for you all today, so let's get to it.

DC United's Star Muslim Goalie Balances Faith with Soccer | VOA

Brief profile on our man Bill Hamid.

World Cup status more secure, U.S. soccer shifts attention toward Gold Cup | The Washington Post

Some of Goff's thoughts on what Bruce Arena's Gold Cup roster may look like.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 16

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A David Villa brace pushed New York City FC to a 2-1, rain-soaked victory over the Seattle Sounders. (READ)

All three Atlanta United DPs scored en route to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. (READ)

The Chicago Fire found their road form to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1.

Villa looking to provide more to NYCFC after netting 50th MLS goal

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It may have taken New York City FC captain David Villa a bit longer than he would've liked to net his 50th goal in Major League Soccer. However, the 35-year-old striker likes the save his best for when it's needed most and some were not as surprised about it than most.

Villa scores 50th, 51st career MLS goals

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-1 win Saturday over the Seattle Sounders, becoming the fifth fastest player in MLS history to reach 50 career goals.

The reigning MLS MVP Villa needed just 78 games to score 50 goals as he leads all MLS players with 14 multi-goal games since he joined the league two years ago.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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With seven saves, five against David Villa, Andre Blake was the Union's best player. We take a closer look at PSP's player of the week.

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.

Wallace, Villa fire NYCFC past Atlanta in MLS

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New York (AFP) – Reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player David Villa celebrated his contract extension with New York City FC with a goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Atlanta United.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa returned from a one match absence due to illness and quickly made his presence felt at Yankee Stadium.

Villa extends New York City MLS stay

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New York (AFP) – David Villa has extended his stay in Major League Soccer for at least another season after inking a deal through to the end of 2018, New York City FC announced on Wednesday.

The former Spain and Barcelona star, who joined the club in 2014 and is the reigning league Most Valuable Player, said remaining in New York was a straightforward decision.

Villa extends New York City MLS stay

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New York (AFP) – David Villa has extended his stay in Major League Soccer for at least another season after inking a deal through to the end of 2018, New York City FC announced on Wednesday.

The former Spain and Barcelona star, who joined the club in 2014 and is the reigning league Most Valuable Player, said remaining in New York was a straightforward decision.

Post-match analysis: Union 0-2 NYC FC

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Philadelphia Union made changes in midfield, but still looked reactive and impotent in their second straight home loss.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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With week seven of the MLS season in the books, some surprising results headlined the action around the league.

New York City FC took down the struggling Philadelphia Union, 2-0, capped by a stunning 50-yard David Villa chip over Andre Blake.

Villa, teammates in awe over 'perfect' long-distance strike

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David Villa is no stranger to scoring magnificent goals. He's also familiar with attempting to chip Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake.

In the last meeting between New York City FC and the Union on June 18, 2016 at Yankee Stadium, the Spanish legend barely missed a chance to score a stunning goal against the Jamaican goalkeeper.

‘I Was Tired From Running’ – Exhaustion Leads David Villa To Score 50-Yard Super-Looper Goal Against Philadelphia Union (Video)

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New York City beat Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Friday night to clamberback to the top of the MLSEastern Conference table.

Indeed, it looked like Jack Harrison's 52nd-minute opener was shaping up to be the only goal of the match right up until David Villa doubled New York's tally in the final minute of normal time with a proper belter of a strike.

Harrison, Villa punish porous Union in NYCFC win

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All it took was one major defensive mistake and a moment of total brilliance for New York City FC to leave Talen Energy Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

Jack Harrison made Keegan Rosenberry pay for a mistake on the left wing in the 52nd minute to give Patrick Vieira's side its first road points of the season.

New York City FC

Whitecaps snap NYCFC win streak with late Reyna winner

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Yordy Reyna's introduction to the Vancouver Whitecaps faithful was a memorable one.

The 23-year-old forward made his presence known with an 88th minute winner, snapping New York City FC's four-game win streak with a 3-2 Whitecaps win. Despite falling behind just before halftime, and registering only one shot on goal in the first half, the Whitecaps came from behind against New York City FC to win on the power of second half goals from Jordan Harvey and Jordy Reyna.

NYCFC continue run, show resiliency in win over Minnesota United

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RJ Allen was expected to start at right back for New York City FC in Thursday night's 3-1 win against expansion Minnesota United. Ethan White was expected to be on the bench, ready as a sub. Both missed a team meeting, so both got downgraded: Allen to the bench, White to the stands.

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.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Union press conference, MLS recap, Wenger finally defeats Mourinho: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/8/17

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Somebody's got a case of the Monday links.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin's Post-Game Press Conference from Union vs. New York Red Bulls
Here's Jim Curtin's press conference from this weekend's game.

D.C. United drop more points at home in 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact
The Union face DC United on Saturday here's how their last game went.

David Villa signs one-year contract extension with NYCFC

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David Villa will be spending at least one more year in the Big Apple after being signed to a one-year contract extension.

The team's first signing, captain and record goal scorer shows no signs of slowing down following winning the MVP last season.

Villa ices game with spectacular chip shot

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Washington (AFP) – Former Barcelona striker David Villa helped lead New York City FC to a 2-0 victory Friday with a jaw-dropping chip from 53 yards out against the lowly Philadelphia Union.

The 35-year-old Spaniard delivered the clincher with his highlight chip in the 90th minute in front of a crowd of 16,000 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Villa ices game with spectacular chip shot

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Washington (AFP) – Former Barcelona striker David Villa helped lead New York City FC to a 2-0 victory Friday with a jaw-dropping chip from 53 yards out against the lowly Philadelphia Union.

The 35-year-old Spaniard delivered the clincher with his highlight chip in the 90th minute in front of a crowd of 16,000 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Union 0, New York City FC 2: Instant recap and player ratings survey

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David Villa's goal wasn't the difference, but it was a dagger nonetheless.

The Philadelphia Union yet lose yet again, this time to hated rival New York City FC. The Union had a number of good chances with movement and getting the ball into dangerous areas in the first half, but they were unable to convert in the final third.

Philadelphia Union

For one night, the Union make it fun again

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The winless streak is over. Enjoy this moment while it lasts.

It was a long time coming.

The past eight months have been horrible for Philadelphia Union fans. A winless streak that was approaching the ignominy of MLS all-time winless streaks does a lot to a fan. It stops being fun to watch the team find new and creative ways to not win, be it a David Villa golazo that we will literally never stop seeing or giving up three unanswered goals to Montreal.

Major Link Soccer: Philadelphia Union to host a town hall

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Union hope to connect with fans, UEFA is going ABBA, and Schelotto is tied to LAFC.

MLS

MLS, thanks largely to the Sounders, have been tied to harvesting Boca Juniors for players, but now LAFC is tied to taking something else - a manager. Guillermo Barros Schelotto appears to be in the running to take the helm for the expansion club.

Union lose again

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NYCFC handed the Union yet another loss on Friday night.

At first, David Villa's Goal of the Year candidate appeared a fitting end to another feckless performance from the Philadelphia Union. The World Cup champion's 54-yard chip soared over Andre Blake, who went flying into his net shortly after the ball did.

Match Preview: Philadelphia Union v. New York City FC

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With five matches gone in the 2017 season and no wins, the Philadelphia Union host New York City FC and look to find a way to salvage their season and, perhaps, coach Jim Curtin's job.

The Rest

Fantasy Focus: Gerso Vain

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You probably think this blog is about you.

Bonjour! I don't often use this space to talk about personal things, but from here forward (for the next 3 years, at least), I'll be coming to you from Brussels, Belgium. My wife's work has taken us overseas, so here I am. This is going to increase the difficulty of keeping up with MLS, as most games will be kicking off at or after 1am here (New England/Columbus this past weekend was live on Belgian cable for some reason), but I have Direct Kick, and I do love a challenge.

Union press conference, David Villa contract extension: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/4/17

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Get the links while they're fresh.

Philadelphia Union News

Richie Marquez goal vs. Portland named TruMark Financial Goal of the Month for April
Richie Marquez headed home a corner from Haris Medunjanin in the Union's match against Portland, which fans voted as April's Goal of the Month.

NYCFC Notes: Adjusting formations, Pirlo's free kicks and more

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Of the 75 matches that New York City FC has played since its berth in the 2015 season, the contest against D.C. United on March 12 at Yankee Stadium is noteworthy. The 4-0 thrashing of DCU was arguably the top performance in club history.

NYCFC played a 4-3-3 system and created the illusion of large spaces at Yankee Stadium where the pitch appears smaller than many of the greens at Augusta National.