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NYCFC take first loss of season as valuable 'wakeup call'

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Not much has gone wrong for New York City FC this season.

Even with injury issues plaguing the first month or so of the Major League Soccer campaign, NYCFC has largely cruised, asserting itself as one of the league's deepest and most dangerous teams.

On Sunday, NYCFC experienced its first setback of the young season.

Sunday MLS Scoreboard: Sounders host Loons, NYCFC faces road test at Timbers

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A busy weekend of MLS action concludes on Sunday with a pair of intriguing fixtures on Sunday out west.

The early showdown comes from Seattle as the host Sounders welcome Minnesota United to town. Brian Schmetzer's team are seeking their first win of the season, following a 2-2 draw at Kansas City a week ago.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC's Herrera 'ready for Europe', Union sign defender and more

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Yangel Herrera has been one of the best young players in MLS since making the move to NYCFC, but the Venezuelan midfielder's eyes are now set on a move elsewhere.

"I am ready for Europe," Herrera said, according to AS. "I feel good and I would really like to make the jump."

Herrera is on loan to NYCFC from Manchester City and has started all seven of NYCFC's games this season.

Vieira: Atlanta-NYCFC match shows how far MLS has come

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Patrick Vieira has seen much of the European soccer landscape. His illustrious career saw him feature for clubs in England, France and Italy while playing in countless matches against Europe's biggest clubs.

On Sunday, Vieira coached one of MLS' biggest clubs against another pushing the boundaries and, when all was said and done, what he saw was progress.

NYCFC continues to prove itself as one of the elite teams in MLS

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It's almost impossible for NYCFC to go under the radar. It's just the nature of the club. Big city, big stars, big expectations and, ultimately, big eyeballs on the team week in and week out.

Yet, somehow, NYCFC has somehow, someway quietly kickstarted the season in historic fashion, and the hot start has at least one coach believing Patrick Viera's side is the best MLS has to offer at this point in time.

NYCFC pastes helpless RSL to extend undefeated start

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BRONX, N.Y. — The goals came early and they came often, and the end result was yet another victory for a New York City FC side that is enjoying the best start of any club this year.

NYCFC extended its undefeated run in 2018 on Wednesday night by mauling a listless Real Salt Lake team, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: New York City FC

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NYCFC was predicted to be an elite team in MLS this season, but what they have done so far in 2018 has exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations.

NYCFC currently sits atop both the Eastern Conference as well as the Supporters' Shield standings early in the season, recording an impressive four wins and one draw in their opening five matches.

Ismael Tajouri proving a valuable addition to NYCFC attack

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Although New York City FC's shiny new Designated Player, 20-year-old Paraguayan Jesus Medina, is widely considered the main replacement for former stud winger Jack Harrison, another newcomer has also made a big impact early on for Patrick Vieira's squad.

While it's likely true that Medina will play a primary playmaking role out wide, Austrian Bundesliga veteran Ismael Tajouri has show he's more than just a squad player with three goals over the previous two games.

Shorthanded NYCFC ties Revolution behind Tajouri brace

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Playing without three key starters, New York City FC rallied back from a road deficit twice on Saturday afternoon to come away with a 2-2 tie against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Newcomer Ismael Tajouri continued his strong start with goals in the 51st and 75th minute to keep NYCFC unbeaten through four matches.

Second half goals lead NYCFC past sloppy Orlando City

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It wasn't the prettiest win of the season but, with David Villa out of the lineup, NYCFC will be just fine with Saturday's result.

Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez provided goals on Saturday as NYCFC topped Orlando City, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.

The first goal finally came in the second half, and it was a calamitous one.

David Villa is making the most of his time in New York, on and off the field

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NEW YORK — David Villa is a busy man and, as he sat backstage at the SoHo Apple Store on Monday, his phone buzzed and buzzed. Text messages flew in, illuminating an NYCFC logo even as he was surrounded by friends, partners and confidantes. The vibrating phone sits on the long conference table in front of him, and it serves as an obvious reminder of the fact that there is barely a moment's rest for New York City's biggest soccer star, even on his off day.

NYCFC looking to better close out games following narrow win over Galaxy

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NEW YORK —The dash to the finish line could have been much easier, but New York City FC made things more difficult than they needed to be.

NYCFC won for the second straight week, defeating the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening. While collecting three more points in the home opener was the biggest takeaway, NYCFC stressed after the match the need to close out games better.

NYCFC topple Galaxy for second consecutive win to open 2018

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After picking up a big road win to start the season, NYCFC put in another strong performance against a Western Conference foe to earn three points from their home opener.

Goals from Anton Tinnerholm and David Villa led the way for NYCFC, who toppled the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

NYCFC earns road win over Sporting KC on goals from Moralez, Medina

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A familiar face and a newcomer led the way as New York City FC opened the 2018 season with a statement road win.

Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina provided the finishes for NYCFC, who went to Children's Mercy Park and emerged with a 2-0 win over Sporting KC to open the 2018 campaign.

Two of the team's veterans combined for the opening goal in a half that saw the visitors' attack prove smothering.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York City FC

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New York City FC remain in the space between dazzling entertainers and bona fide contenders as the 2018 season looms.

Capable of playing some of the most fluid, interconnected soccer this side of the Atlantic, NYCFC is also equally as capable of imploding into a confused mess. Their two-legged loss to the Columbus Crew epitomized this as a 2–0 second leg win at home was not enough to offset a 4–1 loss in the first leg.

Two local officials charged with developing Queens lot back plan for New York soccer stadium

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Building a soccer stadium in New York has proven to be a difficult task, but it appears the pursuit could be getting some assistance from a pair of local officials charged with developing a massive plot of land.

QueensBorough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Francisco Moya are set to chair a committee that willcome up with recommendations for a17-acre plot of city-owned land in Willets Point.

NYCFC prepares for life with Jack Harrison

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While Jack Harrison watched his new team at Middlesbrough play to a disappointing home draw with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week, his former club at New York City FC continued pre-season preparations without their valuable cog from a season ago.

Following more than two weeks of speculation, Harrison landed in Manchester on Tuesday to sign a deal with NYCFC's sister club, Manchester City FC.

Report: NYCFC holding out for more as Stoke City improves offer for Jack Harrison

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Stoke City's pursuit of Jack Harrison continues, but NYCFC is reportedly holding out for a bit more.

According to Goal USA, the Potters have increased their bid for the 21-year-old English winger from $4.5 million to$7 million in the days since the initial offer was turned down. According to the report, the bid could rise up to $10 million with incentives.

Report: Stoke City makes bid for Jack Harrison

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When Jack Harrison earned a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last year, it seemed inevitable that English Premier League clubs would come calling soon after.

The chase has reportedly begun.

According to a report by Goal.com , Stoke City has made a $4.5 million transfer bid for Harrison, an improved offer after having an initial $3 million bid rejected.

NYCFC adds Paraguayan Jesus Medina as young DP

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NYCFC kickstarted 2018 with a Designated Player signing.

The club announced on Monday thatParaguayan international Jesus Medina is set to come to New York as a Young DP signing. The 20-year old comes to NYCFC on aa four-year contract with NYCFC following his transfer from Club Libertad in Paraguay.

Report: NYCFC loses out on Belmont stadium site

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The search for a soccer-specific stadium is not coming to an end anytime soon for New York City FC.

The franchise entering its fourth season in MLS lost out on its bid to build a stadium at the Belmont Park site to the New York Islanders of the NHL, per Newsday.

NYCFC's proposal for the site included a 26,000-seat stadium in addition to land for retail development and a facility for soccer purposes.

MLS Ticker: Atlanta reportedly on verge of big signings; NYCFC extends Matarrita; and more

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Gerardo "Tata" Martinez's heavy South American influence helped guide Atlanta United FC to a successful inaugural season. Now, the manager may be bringing in more talent from the region to bolster the squad in itssecond campaign.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Atlanta United FC is on the verge of adding two Argentine players in midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Independiente and defender Franco Escobar from Newell's Old Boys.

MLS Playoff Preview: NYCFC vs. Columbus Crew

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There's still 90 minutes of soccer to be played in the Bronx, but NYCFC faces what is, at best an uphill climb, and, at worst, an absolute impossible task against the Columbus Crew.

In the wake of relocation talk and a slew of off the field debate, the Crew thumped NYCFC, 4-1, in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals to seal a resounding advantage heading towards Sunday's second leg at Yankee Stadium.

MLS Playoff Preview: Columbus Crew vs. NYCFC

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The Columbus Crew won an instant classic against Atlanta United last Thursday. Their reward? A clash with the reigning MVP and an NYCFC team that will want to undo the mistakes of a short-lived 2017 postseason.

David Villa and NYCFC visit MAPFRE Stadium on Tuesday night in what should be an emotionally-charged match for fans in Columbus.

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Must-Watch Goal: Alexander Ring

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It's been a long time since Alexander Ring found the back of the net. The Finland international hadn't scored a goal yet in Major League Soccer or since May 2016 professionally.

However, that all changed on Sunday night as Ring's blistering right-footed effort snatched a point for New York City FC in their 2-2 road draw at Atlanta United.

RSL stress need for defensive improvement after ugly loss to NYCFC

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BRONX, N.Y, Dishing out three, four or five goals feels good. Eating three, four, or five goals does not.

Just ask Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

"We've got to look in the mirror," said Rimando, "and see what we've got to do better defensively and stop letting in goals because I'm tired of picking the ball out of the net.

NYCFC signs 15-year-old Joe Scally to Homegrown contract

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New York City FC have made a historic Homegrown signing.

The club signed 15-year-old Joe Scally to an MLS contract on Wednesday, making him the second youngest player to sign a professional contract with the league. Only Freddy Adu was younger when he first went pro.

Scally is a product of the NYCFC Academy, where he joined in 2016.

Report: Man City to sign Harrison before sealing loan move to Middlesbrough

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Jack Harrison's move to England appears close with reports saying he's set for a big transfer and an immediate loan move.

According to the Northern Echo, Harrison is set to complete a transfer to Manchester City within the next 24 hours. He will immediately be loaned to Middlesbrough, according to the report, and will join the Championship club for the rest of the season.

Jack Harrison and NYCFC remain focused on preseason despite transfer rumors

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Jack Harrison's departure from New York City FC might seem inevitable amid growing transfer rumors. but New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira indicated that there have been no distractions through the first three days of preseason.

"The only thing I can tell you, since the first day Jack has been working really hard and really well," Vieira told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira: "We're going to be good enough to challenge Toronto"

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PHILADELPHIA New York City FC finished in second place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last year and one goal short of reaching the conference finals.The club could have deemed that good enough to not have to make many changes to its roster ahead of the 2018 campaign, but it opted for a different approach in an effort to get deeper.

David Villa hopes to represent Spain at World Cup

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Despite going three years between international call-ups, New York City FC striker David Villa is determined to work his way into the Spain squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia.

"I know that Lopetegui is watching me and that I'm one of the attacking candidates," Villa told Efe.com.

MLS Ticker: Sounders acquire Francis from Crew, Galaxy ink Norwegian defender to deal and more

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It took less than a week for the Seattle Sounders to fill the void left open by Joevin Jones' departure.

The Sounders acquired full back Waylon Francis from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money.

The 27-year-old left back has played the last four season in Columbus, and he brings needed depth to the position in Seattle after Jones left the club for Darmstadt at the end of the 2017 season.

Sources: NYCFC to send Shelton to Sporting KC for Abdul-Salaam

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New York City FC and Sporting KC are set to address areas of needs by swapping a pair of 2015 first round picks.

Sources tell SBI that NYCFC is set to send Khiry Shelton to Sporting KC in exchange for fullback Saad Abdul-Salaam.

Shelton was originally drafted by NYCFC second overall in 2015, serving as the club's first ever draft pick.

Andrea Pirlo announces retirement

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One of soccer's all-time greats is hanging up his boots for good.

Andrea Pirlo announced through his Twitter account on Monday morning that he is not only leaving New York City FC, but the game as a whole as a player.

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- Andrea Pirlo (@Pirlo_official) November 6, 2017

The final stage of Pirlo's career may not have gone as planned with New York City FC, but he did record one goal and 18 assists in 60 games played.

Crew hold off NYCFC comeback, advance to Eastern Conference final against TFC

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The Columbus Crew entered Sunday's second leg against NYCFC with a three-goal advantage, and they needed every one of those three goals to survive their trip to Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC mustered a pair of goals on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to overturn a 4-1 first leg beatdown. When all was said and done, the Crew narrowly held on, winning the Eastern Conference semi-final series, 4-3, to book a date with Toronto FC.

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.

Following first leg shellacking, NYCFC still holding onto hope of unlikely home comeback

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Heading into the postseason, the big focus for NYCFC was to avoid the failures of last season. Their postseason debut, a 2016 clash with Toronto FC, was over in the blink of an eye thanks to naive defending and a vicious attack. It ended 7-0 on aggregate and, at times, it didn't even feel that close.

Crew vs. NYCFC: Your Running Commentary

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After toppling Atlanta United in a stunning penalty kick win, the Columbus Crew return home to face NYCFC in what should be an emotion-filled clash.

The Crew have battled relocation talk for the past several weeks, but it did little to derail them in a Zack Steffen-led win over the favored Atlanta United.

NYCFC prepared to face off with motivated Crew

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The Columbus Crew owner, who has created a massive distraction while his team attempts to maneuver its way to an MLS Cup, plans to be in attendance Tuesday at MAPFRE Stadium when the Crew host New York City FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Anthony Precourt stunned the players, staff and community when admitting to a potential franchise move from Buckeye country to the land of the Longhorns – Austin, Texas.

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Kwadwo Poku officially signs for FC Anzhi in Russian Premier League

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Former New York City FC forward Kwadwo Poku is packing his bags for Russia.

The Ghanaian signed with Russian Premier League side FC Anzhi Makhachkala on Wednesday as he signed a deal that will keep him there until 2020. The move wasfirst reported by Goal USA.

Poku has spent his entire pro career in the United States.