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MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102.

On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC.

MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

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Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102.

On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC.

MLS Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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Just two weeks remain in MLS play, and some vital matchups will take place across the league on Sunday afternoon.

The schedule starts in the East which is, at this point, fairly locked up. New York City FC has plenty on the line, though, heading into Sunday's match against the Houston Dynamo.

MLS attendances through gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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MLS reported attendances had another good week courtesy of Atlanta playing two more home matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The only downer was New York City FC’s match that was played in Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney Stadium due to a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium. The 10,165 was the lowest reported attendance of the season.

MLS attendances through gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

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MLS reported attendances had another good week courtesy of Atlanta playing two more home matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The only downer was New York City FC’s match that was played in Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney Stadium due to a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium. The 10,165 was the lowest reported attendance of the season.

Rapids snatch late point in draw with NYCFC

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For most of Saturday's match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, it looked like NYCFC would claim an important three points on the road. Colorado Rapids forward Dominique Badji had other ideas, scoring an equalizer in the 89th-minute in a 1-1 draw.
A long-range strike from Thomas McNamara stole the show early, before Badji canceled it out late.

MLS Ticker: Will Johnson arrested, LAFC signs Argentinian attacker and more

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Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested on Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery after an alleged domestic incident involving Johnson and his wife.

According to the police report — published in part by the Orlando Sentinel — Johnson was booked early on Wednesday morning after his wife accused him of tackling her by "wrapping both of his arms completely around her waist" following an argument.

Major Link Soccer: Wayne Rooney calls it quits

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also: MLS roundup, and Manchester City being Manchester City.

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It was only a matter of time before it happened. New York City FC's home game against the Houston Dynamo has been moved to Hartford, CT due to a stadium conflict.

Hudson River Blue says until New York City has a stadium plan, get used to traveling for home games.

Around The Forest: Wayne Rooney retires from International football

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Nat Borchers talking the science of soccer, Barcelona to take legal action against Neymar and more!

Portland:

Nat Borchers this time talking about Stand Together and the Science Of Soccer camp.

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Playing time never comes easy for MLS rookies, and it was especially true of top SuperDraft picks in 2017.

NYCFC-Dynamo Match Moved to Hartford

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MLS is coming to Hartford. For one afternoon, at least.

Due to scheduling conflict, New York City FC will host the Houston Dynamo at Pratt Whitney Stadium on Sept. 23 at 3:00pm instead of Yankee Stadium as a result of a rescheduled New York Yankees home game.

NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna released a statement Tuesday stating Pratt & Whitney Stadium was the club's best alternative.

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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.

David Villa makes Spain cameo, leaves camp with training injury

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David Villa came on near the end of Spain's 3-0 thumping of Italy in Madrid to roaring applause from the Spanish faithful, but will not feature in their upcoming match in Vaduz against Liechtenstein.

The once World Cup champion came on for Isco in the 89th minute of Saturday's match. He didn't do much aside from make a couple passes, but the fans were happy to see their nation's all time leading goal scorer make brief cameo anyway.

A look at the tactics on display in the Hudson River Derby

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The New York Red Bulls may want to hang their head's after this weekend's draw to New York City FC. The truth, though, is that the 1-1 draw between the teams represents a critical shift in the Hudson River Derby that will make it a compelling match for years to come.

Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira are proving to be worthy adversaries that are dissecting each other and each other's team to great detail, planning their every move.

David Villa relishing 'dream' return to Spain national team

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David Villa had largely given up hope of a Spanish national team return. Sure, part of him knew that the world of international soccer was always shifting, that there was some scenario that could see him return to La Roja. The optimist in him knew there was still a glimmer of hope that he could represent his country one more time, but the realist knew that chance became less likely day by day throughout his three-year absence.

Red Bulls, NYCFC play to tie in vital Hudson River Derby

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Friday night's clash between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC had all of the features of a rivalry match. It had big goals, physical play and confrontations aplenty. What it didn't have, though, was a winner.

It was the first draw in Hudson River Derby history as neither New York City FC nor the Red Bulls will be satisfied with the 1-1 result.

Jonathan Lewis finding his goalscoring touch at the right time for NYCFC

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David Villa knows a thing or two about young players. A decade-and-a-half ago, he was one himself, fighting to break through at Sporting Gijon. He rose to prominence with a group of several young Spanish up-and-comers at Valencia, battled with eventual stars at Barcelona and led an upstart Atletico Madrid group to a UEFA Champions League final.

While Supporters' Shield may be out of reach, Patrick Vieira, NYCFC ready for playoff push

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Sunday's win was yet another statement for New York City FC. Down a goal and largely toothless for 70 minutes on home turf, NYCFC battled back and fired a stoppage time goal. It was a win that came in exhilarating fashion, one that seemingly vaulted NYCFC right back into the Supporters' Shield race.

Jonathan Lewis scores stoppage time winner to lead NYCFC past Revs

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For a majority of Saturday's match against the New England Revolution, NYCFC played some pretty uninspiring soccer. However, with a vital three points on the line, a rookie and a veteran stepped up to lead NYCFC to a come-from-behind win.

A David Villa finish was followed up by a late Jonathan Lewis goal as NYCFC pulled out a 2-1 win against the Revolution on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Clock is ticking and no transfer news for NYCFC

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If the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday evening without additions to the New York City Football Club, there is a former French international who will not be pleased.

"Three," said NYCFC head coach, Patrick Vieira after training on Tuesday.

The Best of MLS: Week 22

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One of Major League Soccer's biggest superstars rose to the occasion in the biggest game of the weekend, while an Eastern Conference side surprised many with a victory at home over one of the top Western Conference clubs.

In addition to those performances, a rookie center back continued his stellar season and one of the best playmakers in MLS unleashed another stunning strike.

David Villa continues to carry NYCFC in derby victory

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There's a certain stigma when it comes to the older, star players from Europe coming over to Major League Soccer: they're just coming for one last big check. It's a stigma that has given MLS the unfair appearance of being a retirement league, especially when those big names don't perform and don't play hard.

David Villa hat-trick leads NYCFC to derby win over Red Bulls

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New York City FC has come from beind several times throughout the 2017 season, but they've never come back against their Hudson River rivals, the New York Red Bulls. That was untilSunday evening in the Bronx.

David Villa's first hat trick in New York City guided the Blues back from a one-goal deficit tolead NYCFC to a 3-2 victory, marking the first time in the club's short history that the Blues will take the annual three-match series from the Red Bulls.

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Revs Win Home Finale

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Diego Fagundez bagged a brace to power the Revolution to a 2-1 win over a shorthanded New York City FC on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Fagundez found the breakthrough in the 51st minute on a feed from Andrew Farrell then added another in stoppage time after following up on his own rebound inside the six.

Technically Speaking: #NYCvNE

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall dissects the Revolution's latest performance.

Have a question for Rick? Fire away in the comments section!

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Revs Concede Late & Lose

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Second half substitute Jonathan Lewis doomed the Revolution to its latest road loss after scoring the go-ahead in stoppage time to give New York City FC a 2-1 win Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y.

Lewis scored the decider in the 90+4 minute after he latched onto a ball from Ben Sweat and beat Cody Cropper at the near post.

A Blueprint for Road Success?

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There's bad news, and good news for the Revolution going into Saturday's match at Yankee Stadium.

The bad news: they haven't won on the road this year.

The good news? They may have found the blueprint for the breakthrough.

Last weekend, the locals eked out a 1-0 home victory over the Whitecaps in a performance that didn't exactly entice a massive amount of clicks on its highlight reel.

Houston Dynamo

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against New York City FC

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Who do you want to start against New York City FC?

The Houston Dynamo are winless in their last four matches and head into one of their most difficult fixtures of the year when they travel north to take on New York City FC. The Dynamo will have their work cut out for them as they've struggled mightily on the road this season recording just a single win in 15 road games while New York City has lost at home just twice.

Timber Cruise: New York City FC 0, Portland Timbers 1

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Well that weekend couldn't have gone much better for the Portland Timbers.

Not only did the Timbers earn an improbable 1-0 win at inevitable Eastern Conference runners-up New York City FC, but nearly every other result went their way, too: The Sounders dropped points against the Galaxy at home, FC Dallas got burned by Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City took only one point from their two-game Eastern swing, and the Houston Dynamo lost to the Colorado Rapids at home (?

The Rest

Revolution 2, NYC FC 1: Revs break club record in weird season

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The Revs grabbed their 12th home win on Sunday.

The New England Revolution might've missed the playoffs but they did set a new club record for most home wins in a season. On Sunday, the Revs beat New York City FC 2-1 to collect three points at home for the 12th time in 2017.

The game's defining moment came in the 26th minute when Jack Harrison was shown a red card for a straight-legged tackle on Teal Bunbury.

US U-17s lose to Colombia, NYCFC switching to Queens, and more: Freedom Kicks for October 13, 2017

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The Bronx Bombers send City to Queens.

Hey everyone. It's Friday the 13th and everything is still awful. Thanks to Jason Anderson for taking Wednesday's Freedom Kicks while I was in Trinidad and Tobago watching...that. Yeah, not sure if I'm ready to talk about it, but for now, here we go with the news:

USA 1-3 Colombia, FIFA U-17 World Cup | Stars & Stripes FC
The U-17s lose to Colombia and with Ghana crushing India, the U-17s finish 3rd in the group.

Fire 1 New York City FC 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire and New York City FC played to a 1-1 draw that didn't distinguish either team as a clear cut favorite to finish above the other in the race for positioning in the Easter Conference playoffs. Both played through a fairly conservative match that yielded few clear chances although the overall play wasn't bad.

Diego Valeri Scores Again in 1-0 Portland Timbers Win Over New York City FC

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The Portland Timbers gutted out their fourth road win of the year on Saturday, beating New York City FC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.

After sustained pressure from New York to start the match, the Timbers were able to rattle off a couple of quick chances late in the first half, coming close through a Roy Miller header in the 41st minute and a series of half chances in the moments after.

David Villa excited, nervous for return to Spanish national team

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David Villa, New York City FC forward, and the leading goal scorer in MLS, is making a shock return to the Spanish national team. He last represented his country in the 2014 World Cup, when Spain was bounced in the group stage after winning the whole thing four years earlier.

While the call-up is "a dream come true" for the reigning MLS MVP, he still feels the nerves from returning after such a long absence.