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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 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.

New York City FC

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.

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.

DC United turn tables on New York City FC

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Washington (AFP) – Luciano Acosta scored his second goal of the Major League Soccer season as DC United avenged their worst defeat since 2015 with a 2-1 victory over New York City FC on Saturday.

Lloyd Sam added his first goal of the 2017 campaign for DC United, who were thumped 4-0 by City last month at Yankee Stadium.

D.C. United defeat New York City FC 2-1 for second win a row

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Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half, before United survived a late David Villa goal

D.C. United didn't exactly get a full measure of revenge on New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium, but the Black-and-Red did enough to get all three points, taking down City 2-1 before 18,855.

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.

Philadelphia Union

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.

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.

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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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.

D.C. United

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.

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.

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.

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.