Major League Soccer

The same questions for MLS in New York

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – NYCFC has come a long way. A team that struggled under the popularity and modest success of its rival the Red Bulls in recent years, New York City FC has used its success on the field over the past seven months to market itself to fans across the city.

NYCFC outside of NYC

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 27 2017) US Soccer Players - New York City Football Club exists on the idea that New York City itself needed a soccer club. If you prefer a slightly more cynical take, then just flip that idea over. NYCFC exists on the idea that MLS needed a team in New York City itself.

NYCFC still needs a stadium

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It's not lost on anybody inside the league or watching it that NYCFC's current stadium solution isn't much of one. Yankee Stadium might be fine for Major League Baseball, and some MB fans would like to argue that point. As a soccer venue, it's a reminder of the no better choice scenarios the original NASL faced.

MLS Week 29: A Look Ahead

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With one month left in the MLS regular season, all the focus has shifted toward the races in the Eastern and Western Conference for postseason position.

The East may be less chaotic than the West, but the most meaningful games in terms of playoff seeding occur in the East this weekend.

The West has plenty of intriguing matchups in future weeks, but there's only one match between teams in the top eight this weekend, albeit an important one in Utah.

MLS attendances through gameweek 27 of the 2017 season

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After 302 matches, the average MLS attendance (21,604) is up 0.47% compared to 2016.

This past week in MLS, it was another normal week of reported attendances. There were strong showings in most venues, including Atlanta’s new Mercedes Benz Stadium. A relatively weak turnout for NYCFC’s midweek match.

A new version of an old problem for MLS

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's an endless quest to prove to anyone and everyone with an interest in soccer that, yes, what happens in the United States and Canada is worthwhile and legitimate. With that in mind, Major League Soccer did veritable backflips over the news that NYCFC striker David Villa is once again part of Spain's National Team ahead of their September World Cup qualifiers.

Villa for Spain and MLS

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Friday's soccer news has Spain inadvertently paying the entirety of MLS a compliment by calling in David Villa. Like most elite European national teams, a player leaving for MLS is normally a form of international retirement. Exceptions exist, but Villa's return to Spain at 35 years-old trumps all of them.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/23/17

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Union defense news, MLS Power Rankings, and Champions League qualifiers in today's links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union defender Keegan Rosenberry emerges after months stuck on the bench
The Harrisburg-area native's arrival off the bench in Saturday's 2-2 draw at San Jose broke a streak of 13 games without playing.

Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta could leave at contracts end

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Patrick Vieira concedes Supporters Shield race, Jack Wilshere red carded in U23 match and more!


PHOTOS: The Portland Timbers celebrated the solar eclipse during training |
Both the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City were the two MLS teams closest to the direct path of Monday's solar eclipse.

MLS-New York City FC

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.

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.

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.

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.

MLS Midweek Preview: NYCFC, Sporting KC collide in match with major playoff implications

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Both New York City FC and Sporting KC have big time playoff aspirations, and the latest stop in the road to the postseason sees the two contenders clash in an interconference matchup.

NYCFC hosts Sporting KC on Wednesday in the lone MLS match of the evening, and it's one that could help vault either team to a more comfortable place in their respective conference.

NYCFC Notes: Jonathan Lewis emerges, Patrick Vieira Meets Joe Girardi and more

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Team can be defined as a group of people coming together to achieve a common goal. With contributions from myriad sources within the squad during the course of the season, New York City FC suits the description.

The most recent to emerge from the 26-member first-team is rookie Jonathan Lewis.

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.

Sean Johnson steps up to help NYCFC topple LA Galaxy for road win

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The LA Galaxy's home issues continued while NYCFC continued their ascent up the Eastern Conference table.

Goals from David Villa and Jonathan Lewis led NYCFC to a 2-0 win on Saturday at StubHub Center. The win is NYCFC's third in four matches while the Galaxy have not won a home game since an April 7 win over the Montreal Impact.

News Update

Columbus takes advantage

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We start with Columbus taking advantage of a red card in their 4-1 win over NYCFC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Ola Kamara put the Crew up in the 6th minute in front of 14,416 fans at MAPFRE Stadium. NYCFC's Alexander Callens saw red for violent conduct in the 52nd minute.

Columbus took full advantage with Artur scoring in the 58th and Justin Meram adding a goal in the 69th.

Shutout for NYCFC

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Thursday's soccer news starts with NYCFC shutting out Sporting KC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Jack Harrison scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson needed one save for the clean sheet.

"I think at the end of 90 minutes, they competed with more intensity than we did," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said.

Fulham out, win for Tijuana, Yankee Stadium

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the USMNT scores from Europe and Mexico. Tim Ream was on the bench with Fulham exiting the League Cup 1-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. The game's only goal came in the 13th minute.

"Yes, it's disappointing," Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic said. "We didn't play a good enough game, we didn't create enough clear chances.

Chicago Fire

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/16/17

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New Week, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017.

Orlando City vs.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Inching closer. As the final weeks of the MLS regular season approach, the Chicago Fire are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2012. Although their chances of finishing second in the Eastern Conference likely went out the window after their 1-1 home draw with NYCFC prior to the international break, they can still solidify a first round home match.

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

Clinched. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire qualified for the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2012. A resounding 4-1 win over San Jose coupled with a Montreal loss to NYCFC ensured that Chicago will be playing well into the Fall.

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers at New York City FC Preview Interview

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The Portland Timbers are halfway across the world this weekend and set to take on the newer and bluer side of the Big Apple, New York City FC. With just six games to go in the regular season and teams packed in close in the Western Conference, every point counts for the Timbers.

To get an idea of what the Timbers will be facing in New York on Saturday, we spoke with Jake Gofman of Hudson River Blue and he answered some of our questions about NYCFC.

Storylines: NYCFC vs Portland Timbers

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The Timbers travel to the city that never sleeps

The Story So Far

With the international break over, we can return to our regularly scheduled programming. The last time we saw the boys in green and gold was the derby with Seattle that finished in a 1-1 draw, a decent result on the road in a hostile environment.

The Rest

NE Revolution 2:1 NYCFC

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Revolution vs. NYCFC: Preview, Projected Lineups and How to Watch

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Here's what you need to know about match 33.

For the second year in a row, the Revolution won't play past October. That's not the case for NYCFC, who currently occupy the second spot on the Eastern Conference table. The Revs want to give the Gillette Stadium crowd one last win. And NYCFC wants to distance itself from third-place Atlanta United.

The Peel Episode 47: Life below the playoff line?

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At least we are above FC Dallas.

After yet another poor performance on the road by the Houston Dynamo against the San Jose Earthquake, the guys of The Peel are getting a little worried. With only 1 win in their last 6, can they right the ship and still sneak into the playoffs? Or will they be on the outside looking in?

Rose City Forecast 29: NYCFC vs PTFC

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Almost two weeks ago, you may remember that the Timbers traveled north to Seattle and came away with a 1-1 draw. The Sounders got the first goal when Cristian Roldan finished up a sequence of pinball in the Timbers box. PTFC would respond just before half time when Valeri launched a perfect through-ball to Darren Mattocks who was fouled in the box.

Delamea: "No more time for excuses" after latest Revolution collapse

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The defender called for a mentality change on Wednesday.

During Sunday's match against NYCFC, the Revolution left its fans at the alter. Up 1-0 after 75 minutes of play, the club conceded twice in the final 15 minutes en route to a 2-1 loss.

But Sunday wasn't the only time the team failed to follow through this season.

Report: Mix Diskerud in talks to extend loan with IFK Goteborg

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Mix Diskerud's initial loan deal is set to expire in the near future but the American midfielder is hoping to extend his stay in Sweden.

According to ESPN, Diskerudis in talks to have his loan to Swedish club IFK Goteborg extended through the end of 2017. The midfielder initially joined the club back in March on loan from NYCFC but the original loan agreement is set to expire on Aug.