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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: 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.

Jack Harrison revels in England U-21 experience as NYCFC heads towards playoffs

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Jack Harrison is an England international.

In his first call-up to the England U-21's, the Stoke native proved that he belonged as a player and a person. These were not Harrison's assumptions following a nine-day camp that included European qualifiers against Scotland and Andorra – they were the exact words of the England manager, Aidy Boothroyd

"To hear that at the end of camp was really encouraging," said the New York City FC winger.

Claudio Reyna on American soccer: "We're far too arrogant"

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As a former U.S. Men's National Team star, Claudio Reyna was left very, very disappointed by what he saw from the U.S. Men's National Team throughout the World Cup cycle, but the NYCFC executive wasn't fully surprised by the U.S. team's failure.

Reyna took aim at the mentality possessed by many throughout U.

NYCFC Changes Potential Playoff Date

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New York City FC has reached an agreement with Major League Soccer to avoid the possibility of a home playoff match on the road.
The Eastern Conference semi-final second legs were to be contested on November 5. If NYCFC hosts the second leg (they are currently positioned in the table to host) that game will now be played on Wednesday, November 1 in the Bronx.

NYCFC submits stadium proposal for Belmont Park

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New York City FC has submitted a bid proposal to build a soccer stadium at Belmont Park ahead of Thursday's 2pm deadline. The New York Islanders of the National Hockey League have also tendered a proposal.

According to NYCFC President, Jon Patricof, at least 35 potential sites have been reviewed by the club.

Jack Harrison avoids sophomore slump by reaching double-digit goal mark

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In January of 2016, New York City FC traded their fourth overall pick and allocation money to the Chicago Fire for the player selected first overall, Jack Harrison.

So far, it's fair to say it's worked out.

"We worked hard to pick him from the draft last year, because we saw that talent," said NYCFC head coach Patrick Viera.

Patrick Vieira calls for NYCFC to be more 'ruthless' in front of goal

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A soccer goal is eight feet by 24 feet – an enormous frame that at certain moments during a match or season appears to shrink.

"I could not relax," said New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira after Wednesday's 1-0 triumph at Montreal.

Vieira could see from the opening minutes that he might have license to sit back and relish a dominant performance by his club.

Dynamo earn valuable road point against NYCFC

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The Houston Dynamo may not have earned a point in New York City on Saturday afternoon, but they did earn a valuable draw in Connecticut against New York City FC.

Playing in East Hartford, the Dynamo earned a 1-1 draw against NYCFC on Saturday. The match was moved to Rentschler Field due to a rescheduled New York Yankees game.

Diego Valeri scores in seventh straight to lead Timbers past NYCFC

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The Portland Timbers remain very much in the hunt in the Western Conference, and they furthered their case on Saturday thanks to yet another goal from Diego Valeri.

The Argentinian star fired a goal in his seventh consecutive match, leading the Timbers to a 1-0 winner over NYCFC at Yankee Stadium.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Jonathan Lewis

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Jonathan Lewis didn't get the most playing time of any rookie throughout the month of August, but the NYCFC winger made the biggest impact by leading his team to a pair of big wins.

Lewis scored his first two career goals in August, helping lift NYCFC to wins over the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution in consecutive weeks.

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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.

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.

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.

NYCFC holds on to second despite tie with Crew

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A win on Sunday would have locked up a first round bye for NYCFC. They didn't get it, but held on to second place nonetheless.

The Columbus Crew sealed a 2-2 draw on Sunday at Citi Field, but, coupled, with the results from Atlanta United and the Chicago Fire, NYCFC held on to second place.

Diego Fagundez sends Revs to home win past 10-man NYCFC

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Although the New England Revolution's season will end in disappointment after being eliminated from playoff contention last weekend, the Revs have been one of the best home teams in MLS.

On Sunday night, the Revolution pocketed their franchise record 12th home win, thanks in part to a 26th-minute red card to New York City FC's Jack Harrison and a brace from Diego Fagundez to lead the hosts to a 2-1 victory.

NYCFC season finale moved to Citi Field

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New York City FC is being kicked out if their own home again.

The club announced today they are moving their final home match of the regular season against Columbus Crew SC to Citi Field in Queens due to the New York Yankees making the American League Championship Series in the MLB Playoffs.

Andrea Pirlo to retire at conclusion of NYCFC season 

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Although easily winning in the category of "Least Suspenseful Soccer Declaration in 2017," an Italian legend has made public his intentions. New York City FC midfielder and Italian soccer legend, Andrea Pirlo, will retire at the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season.

"You realize yourself that the time has come," said Pirlo in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

Nikolic, Villa score as Fire and NYCFC draw

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The goalscoring designated players took center stage at Toyota Park as the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 with New York City FC on Saturday.

The opener came after 20 minutes, with Nemanja Nikolic scoring his 21st goal of the season. The Hungarian scored after a defensive gaffe by the away side, eventually resulting in the him winning the ball inches from the goal line and easily scoring.

Harrison’s goal enough for NYCFC to cruise in 1-0 win in Montreal

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Montreal's September heat wave and heavy rain were not an issue for New York City FC. Keeping control for most of the game, NYCFC cruised to a 1-0 victory thanks to Jack Harrison's 29th minute strike.

NYCFC applied a tremendous amount of pressure on Montreal from the opening whistle. As the first half went on, the Impact's defense cracked at the 29th minute.

Patricof on NYCFC: "We have a chance to be one of the biggest clubs in the world."

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A New York City native, Jon Patricof remembers his introduction to professional soccer as a nine-year old. His family commuted to Nassau County Coliseum to watch Major Indoor Soccer League boy wonder Steve Zungel and the New York Arrows.

Some 35 years later, Patricof still resides in the city but no longer has to embark for Long Island to watch a professional match.

With season winding down, NYCFC looks to put pressure on TFC in Supporters' Shield hunt

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In August, Patrick Vieira conceded the Supporters' Shield to Toronto FC. They were just too far ahead, he said, and catching them this late in the season just wasn't going to happen.

Maybe, just maybe, he spoke too soon.

With Wednesday's win over Sporting KC, the shorthanded NYCFC pulled within six points of TFC atop the Eastern Conference.

Late goal from Jack Harrison leads NYCFC past Sporting KC

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Although the club's biggest name was out of action, one of NYCFC's young stars helped lead them to a major home victory over a playoff contender.

Jack Harrison fired a late bouncing strike past Tim Melia, leading NYCFC to a 1-0 win over Sporting KC on Wednesday night in the lone midweek MLS match.

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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.