Major League Soccer

MLS Week 20: Guzan with Atlanta, road win for Red Bulls

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Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta.

"More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said.

Why MLS is more exciting than the EPL

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Collin Deckert explains how the EPL is not as exciting as MLS, and why.

Weighing the MLS rivalries

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Once again, Major League Soccer has manipulated its schedule to bring us a round of games thick with rivalries. The weekend has a sponsor. The league's marketing department is opening up the throttle in a bid for attention. While MLS is clearly the biggest professional soccer league in the country, it nevertheless struggles to entice even a moderate percentage of the available soccer fans here.

SBI Question of the Day: What is the best rivalry in MLS?

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It's rivalry week in MLS, and while that will no doubt make for good viewing all around, it's worth pondering where one's viewing time might best be spent.

The league has no shortage of intense match-ups, but one of the most well-known and entertaining takes place in the Pacific Northwest when Cascadia rivals clash.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 16

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A David Villa brace pushed New York City FC to a 2-1, rain-soaked victory over the Seattle Sounders. (READ)

All three Atlanta United DPs scored en route to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. (READ)

The Chicago Fire found their road form to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1.

MLS Ticker: Plata to Liga MX?, Vieira commits future to NYCFC, and more

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Real Salt Lake has easily been one of, if not the worst team in Major League Soccer this season.

However, Joao Plata has been a bright spot for Mike Petke's side, who currently have 14 points through their opening 16 matches this season. Plata, 25, has two goals and two assists in 12 appearances this season.

Match report: NYCFC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

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Two late goals from NYCFC erased Fafa Picault's opener as the Union lost their second straight match, 2-1.

Midweek MLS: Big wins for Columbus and Houston

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Week 14 of the 2017 MLS season started on Wednesday with Columbus shutting out Seattle 3-0 at MAPFRE Stadium. Federico Higuain scored in the 10th with Justin Meram doubling the lead in the 21st. Meram assisted on Ola Kamara's goal in the 59th. Zach Steffen kept the clean sheet with three saves.

NYCFC and New England drew 2-2 at Yankee Stadium.

The immediate future of NYCFC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2017) US Soccer Players - Forgive me if I'm still not sure what New York City Football Club is, exactly. Or rather, forgive me if I can't pin down exactly what they'll be.

NYCFC is the shiny new plaything of one of the world's richest people. At the same time, it's an American brand extension for an organization that is fundamentally challenging the way we think about soccer ownership.

MLS Week 7: Villa hits from distance

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Week 7 of the 2017 MLS season saw a packed Friday and Saturday schedule due to the Easter holiday. The weekend opened with a goal of the year candidate from NYCFC's David Villa. With NYCFC up 1-0 at Philadelphia from a 52nd minute Jack Harrison goal, Villa found the back of the net from 50 yards in stoppage time.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-2 NYCFC

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The Union fell to NYCFC 2-0 at home to remain winless on the season.

MLS-New York City FC

Whitecaps snap NYCFC win streak with late Reyna winner

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Yordy Reyna's introduction to the Vancouver Whitecaps faithful was a memorable one.

The 23-year-old forward made his presence known with an 88th minute winner, snapping New York City FC's four-game win streak with a 3-2 Whitecaps win. Despite falling behind just before halftime, and registering only one shot on goal in the first half, the Whitecaps came from behind against New York City FC to win on the power of second half goals from Jordan Harvey and Jordy Reyna.

NYFCFC Notes: Vieira Forced To Make Changes in Win Against Minnesota

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The New York City FC coaching staff, as part of its normal course of match preparation, had formulated a plan against the expansion Minnesota United Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. In addition to the starting XI and the squad of 18, the scheme included pre-emptive problem solving and the anticipation of match scenarios.

NYCFC continue run, show resiliency in win over Minnesota United

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RJ Allen was expected to start at right back for New York City FC in Thursday night's 3-1 win against expansion Minnesota United. Ethan White was expected to be on the bench, ready as a sub. Both missed a team meeting, so both got downgraded: Allen to the bench, White to the stands.

NYCFC cruises past Minnesota United for fourth consecutive win

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Thursday night's match started with an NYCFC blunder but it certainly ended with a flourish from Patrick Vieira's side.

After conceding an early goal, NYCFC scored three unanswered to topple Minnesota United, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium. The win is NYCFC's fourth straight in league play while the Loons fall following a two-match unbeaten run.

SBI Spotlight: NYCFC's Sweat making most of second chance in MLS

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Just three-and-a-half years into his professional career, Ben Sweat has experienced a lot. He's felt the high of being drafted as a first round pick and the low of being promptly discarded just one year later. He's experienced the grind of working his way back up to where he feels he should be and the anxiousness that comes from wondering if he'd get an MLS second chance.

NYCFC signs U.S. U-17 defender Sands as club's first Homegrown player

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New York City FC has signed 16-year-old James Sands as their first ever Homegrown player.

The defender joined the NYCFC academy when it first began back in 2015 after playing locally with New York Soccer Club since he was 10 years old. He has represented the U.S. at the youth level, helping the team finish second in the CONCACAF U-17 Championships in May.

Villa brace pushes NYCFC to rain-soaked win over Sounders

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The rain stopped just about everything on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Routine passes fell short and players regularly soared across the grass like a child on a Slip N' Slide.

However, the rain simply couldn't stop David Villa and, ultimately, another NYCFC home win.

Trio of quickfire goals push Atlanta United past NYCFC

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Atlanta United always has the potential to score in bunches, and they did just that on Sunday to stun New York City FC.

Three goals in quick succession helped push Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Two of those goals came from Miguel Almiron, who now has five goals in his past two matches.

Kreis happy to be settled in Orlando City after several whirlwind years

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On Sunday night, New York City FC celebrated their fourth founding day anniversary with a convincing 3-0 win against Orlando City – their first conquest in four tries against the coach who initially guided the nascent franchise.

On December 11, 2013 – a little less than six months after New York City was founded Jason Kreis was selected head coach of the MLS expansion side.

Kreis takes shot at Vieira following Orlando City's loss to NYCFC

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For a variety of reasons, Orlando City and New York City FC have developed into natural rivals after coming into MLS as expansion partners. After Sunday's match, that rivalry saw a bit more fuel added to the fire.

Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis, who managed NYCFC in the club's inaugural season, took exception to several comments from current NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira.

Villa brace helps NYCFC end Orlando City's home unbeaten streak

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A comprehensive performance by New York City FC ended Orlando City's home unbeaten streak.

NYCFC extended their unbeaten streak to four behind a brace from David Villa, beating Orlando City, 3-0. With thewin, NYCFC also jumped Orlando to move into third place in the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC Notes: McNamara, Pirlo, RSL and more

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It was an important night for Tommy McNamara. A regular in the starting XI the previous season, McNamara had been relegated to reserve duty with the additions of Rodney Wallace, Maxi Moralez, Alexander Ring and emerging teenager Yangel Herrera. With Herrera departing for the U-20 World Cup and Andrea Pirlo back home in New York, head coach Patrick Vieira plugged McNamara into the starting group at FC Dallas on Sunday night.

Rapid-fire goals lead NYCFC to win over Atlanta United

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NEW YORK Sunday's match between New York City FC and Atlanta United was billed as a clash of two of the most potent attacks in MLS. It lived up to the hype in that regard, at least for one team.

NYCFC rode second half goals from Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez to a 3-1 win on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, earning the club their second straight win.

In return to Yankee Stadium, Kreis 'couldn't be happier' with Orlando City performance

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NEW YORK —Jason Kreis sat in a familiar spot on the podium on Sunday afternoon. He fielded questions from the New York media following a statement win at Yankee Stadium, sitting in front of an NYCFC logo felt likehis own just over a year-and-a-half ago.

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.

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.

D.C. United controls NYCFC en route to home victory

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A breakaway goal at RFK Stadium disrupted the otherwise solid New York City FC defense and NYCFC's early surge as a top Eastern Conference team.

A lightning-quick sprint and shot after a NYCFC back line miscue from DC United's Lloyd Sam provided the breakthrough while Luciano Acosta added another as D.

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Revolution vs. Red Bulls: Three questions to consider in week 19

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Can the Revs stay hot in midweek matches? That, and all the other talking points you need to know.

Neither the Revolution nor the Red Bulls have fared well in recent league matches. On Sunday, the Revs endured a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of CJ Sapong and the Philadelphia Union; the Red Bulls lost 2-0 to NYCFC on June 24.

22 short stories about D.C. United’s win over NYCFC

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The Last Word turns to The Simpsons to guide us through United's second straight victory

Last year, after a particularly uneventful 0-0 draw between D.C. United and New England, I paid homage to one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons and divided the game up into 22 talking points. Saturday's game against NYCFC was not so dreary, but I enjoyed the format and promised myself I'd bring it back.

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NYCFC wins at home

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Friday's soccer news starts with NYCFC coming back to beat Minnesota United 3-1 at Yankee Stadium. Christian Ramirez put United up in the 9th minute. Alexander Collins equalized in the 38th with Jack Harrison putting NYCFC up for good in the 52nd. Harrison assisted on David Villa's goal in the 63rd minute.

David Villa’s goals

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Monday's soccer news starts with NYCFC's David Villa hitting his 50th and 51st MLS goals. Villa scored from the penalty spot and the run of play in the 2-1 win over Seattle. It's easy enough to point to that as proof that a designated player works in Major League Soccer. Villa joined MLS in a familiar situation.

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders

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MLS is on the weekend soccer TV schedule with NYCFC playing Seattle at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. This weekend is also the start of the Confederations Cup, giving the world an early look at what next summer's World Cup will look like in Russia.

NYCFC vs Seattle Sounders at 1pm on ESPN.

Philadelphia Union

Postgame video: NYCFC 2-1 Union

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Video of the postgame press conference with Jim Curtin, and interviews with Andre Blake, Fafa Picault, and Josh Yaro, after Saturday's match at Yankee Stadium.

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0 – 2 New York City FC

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Jim Curtin isn't the only one to blame for the team's current performance.

Postgame video: Union 0-2 NYCFC

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PSP's Mike Servedio and Kevin Kinkead break down the match. Interviews with Jack Elliott, C.J. Sapong, Adam Najem and Alejandro Bedoya.. Postgame press conference with Jim Curtin.

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.

Union v NYCFC quick reference

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Highlights from our recaps and analysis/player ratings, video highlights, match stats and more.

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.

The Rest

How will D.C. United replace Marcelo Sarvas against NYCFC?

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Due to suspension and injury, United is short on potential defensive midfielders. Let's look at the remaining possibilities.

Defensive midfield has been a bit of a problem for D.C. United in 2017. It was widely considered a potential weak point coming into the year, and after two underwhelming games, it appeared that Marcelo Sarvas might be rotated out for Rob Vincent.