The cold in the northern half of the United States wasn't enough to stop two of the hottest performances of MLS Week 2. Atlanta United dismantled Minnesota United's back line for six goals, while New York City FC downed D.C. United with ease in frigid temperatures at Yankee Stadium.
Elsewhere, a Western Conference rookie continued to impress and a few unexpected sides extended their perfect records into Week 3.
ORLANDO, Fla. — New York City FC was the better side in terms of keeping possession.New York City FC was the better side in terms ofcreating chances. New York City FC was the better side in terms of keepingits players on the field.
None of that was enough to ruin Orlando City's festive night, though.
Orlando City suffered a big blow early on, but refused to let anything ruin its housewarming party.
After losingKaka just 11 minutes into the match, Orlando Citygot a goal from striker Cyle Larin and hung on for a 1-0 victory over New York City FC in the Lions' stadium opener on Sunday night in front of a sold-out crowd of 25,527.
The offseason saga of Mix Diskerud has come to a close, at leastthe chapter at New York City FC. The castoff midfielder, who was not a part of Patrick Vieira's plans in the preseason, is now free to find a new home.
While announcing its 2017 regular-season roster, NYCFC also made it public that it exercised the one allotted buyout of a guaranteed contract on Diskerud's deal.
The New York Red Bulls needed a replacement for Dax McCarty in the captain position, and it has been filled by one of his former midfield running mates.Sacha Kljestan was given the armband for the 2017 season on Wednesday.
Kljestan helped guide the Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season in 2016.
Today, New York City FC is proud to reveal its new 2017 home uniform, designed by adidas. The Club's second ever home jersey (available soon at World Soccer Shop, Kitbag and UK Soccer Shop) can be seen in a video in which a young fan's dreams become a reality, when he gets to swap shirts [...]
The American players based in Major League Soccer aren't the only ones getting called up for friendlies during the preseason. Giovani dos Santos was named to the Mexico squad for El Tri's February 8 friendly against Iceland.
Dos Santos is the only player outside of Liga MX to be called into Juan Carlos Osorio's 23-man squad for the friendly at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
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.
Though his playing days may be numbered,Frank Lampard may not be done with the beautiful game just yet.
The Mirror reports that Chelsea will offer a position at the club to their former star player and club legend Frank Lampard upon his departure from New York City FC. The team aims to bring Lampard back in either a coaching, ambassadorial , or mentoring role, with the priority simply being his continued relationship with the Stamford Bridge club.
New York City FC squandered opportunity after opportunity to put away the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Shot after shot went wide of the mark as NYCFC failed to properly seal what should have been a runaway home win.
Eventually, the Impact made NYCFC pay for their missteps, stealing a hard-fought point at Yankee Stadium.
The cities of New York and Chicago have always been just a bit different, even if they have plenty in common. They're two of the most recognizable metropolitainsin the world, but both present an entirely different vibe. They aren't traditional rivals by any means, except when it comes to pizza, even if their respective sports franchiseshave collided for plenty ofmemorable momentsin the past.
Mix Diskerud's future with New York City FC has been in doubt for quite some time, and it appears that the club is stilllooking for a solution regarding the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder.
Speaking at David Villa's MVP award ceremony on Tuesday, head coach Patrick Vieira said that the club is working to find a solution that works for both the club and Diskerud as NYCFC moves into what should be a busy offseason.
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.
Let's dispose of the NYCFC game as quickly as possible
Well that was another poor performance from D.C. United, but the guys from Filibuster are here to talk you through it. We talk about the game against New York City FC and start with some praise for Ian Harkes before diving into everything that went wrong.
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.
Both teams are looking to make up for disappointing opening weekends—so which one will?
All right, so the first game of the season didn't go exactly as hoped, did it? And now D.C. United have hit the road to take on New York City FC. NYCFC lost their first game (away to Orlando City), so they'll be looking to wrap up three points at home, while DCU will be aiming to make the statement they'd wanted to make last weekend.
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.
Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.
While Orlando City emerged victorious from Sunday's match against New York City FC, it came at a steep price.
Star DP midfielder Kaka will reportedly miss up to six weeks with a grade 1-2hamstring injury. Kaka was forced off the field early in Sunday's match, just before Cyle Larin put the hosts up in a match they'd eventually win, 1-0.
NYCFC got deeper, but did they improve enough to take the next step?
Last year under Patrick Vieira, New York City FC ended up surprising a lot of people. Despite the star power on their roster, they looked like a top-heavy team that was built to put on a show more than they were to actually win games.
Sporting Kansas City ended their preseason on a sour note, falling in their final game in Tucson, Arizona to New York City FC 1-0. Peter Vermes put out a lineup that would likely be considered extremely close to the 11 that will take the field next weekend in DC. The big absence from the team was forward Dom Dwyer who had a minor knock.