Rookies inevitably feel pressure to begin their professional career. There's pressure to perform, pressure to acclimate themselves to a new environment. The game stays the same but the stakes are immeasurably higher as the sport suddenly becomes so much more than it once was.
Like any professional newcomer, Jonathan Lewis is experiencing that level of pressure for the first time as he sets himself up for what should be a big year for club and country.
New York City FC center back, Maxime Chanot, was on the edge of the box in position to build out of the back and received a firm pass from his new goalkeeper, Sean Johnson. His teammates had created a large attacking shape on either side and in front of him.
Early in the 2016 MLS season, New York City FC's Director of Football Operations, Claudia Reyna, was asked to predict when his club would sign its first Homegrown player. Reyna indicated 2018 while admitting that it was an ambitious timetable.
16-year old James Sands may have accelerated the process.
Following the departure of Bruce Arena, the LA Galaxy have taken a step towards replacing him while several MLS teams announced roster moves.
The LA Galaxy will namePeter Vagenas, the team's vice president of soccer operations, as the club's general manager. Vagenas, a two-time MLS Cup winner, will retain his former role and is now charged with replacing head coach Bruce Arena following his hiring by the U.
From biggest DP bust in MLS history,= to solid acquisition with the second highest goal total on the team. From oft-injured absentee to crucial piece in a franchise-first playoff run.
New York City FC star midfielder Frank Lampard has been polarizing to say the least in his time in MLS, but while his bang-for-buck value is up for debate, the gaping hole he leaves in NYCFC's midfield is not.
In a battle between New York City FC's high-octane offense and Toronto FC's smothering defense, one team's strength was going to nullify the other's, and it turned out to be the latter that prevailed in convincing fashion.
NEW YORK — There wasplenty of pomp and circumstance leading up to New York City FC's first home playoff game on Sunday, but it took less than six minutes into the match for Toronto FC to spoilthe party before securing a berth to an all-Canada Eastern Conference final.
D.C. United is looking like MLS' most dangerous team.
A trio of first half goal saw D.C. cruise past NYCFC, 3-1, at RFK Stadium. The win seals a playoff berth for D.C. via their fourth-straight win while NYCFC's push towards the top of the East takes a major dent with the loss.
NEW YORK While the star striker based just west of the Hudson River hasmade serious noise in the race for the MLS MVP award in recent weeks, it was the one based to the east that bolstered his chances of winning that piece of hardware on Friday.
All while helping his club move to within an inch of a playoff spot.
As a crowd of reporters amassed around Khiry Shelton, a rogue bottle of hair gel snuck in among the microphones. It was New York City FCmidfielder Mikey Lopez jumping in to interview his teammate after a game-saving goal.
Question after question piled in as Shelton recounted a goal several months in the making.
Frank Lampard has been one of the league's best players since his return from injury, but the New York City FC midfielder could be set for some more time on the sidelines after suffering yet another injury on Saturday night.
The 38-year-old star was removed in the 42nd minute in Saturday's 2-2 draw with FC Dallas due to a left calf injury.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Thursday was Frank Lampard Day in New York City, even if the man himself wasn't quite sure what it meant. It was perhaps the most unusual honor bestowed upon a player that has had a career full of them, but it was one that Lampard himself admitted was a bit foreign to an Englishman still adjusting to the American way of doing things.
NEW YORK — The dynamic qualities of Ronald Matarrita had been missed by New York City FC for almost a month-and-a-halfdue to an ankle injury. His full return on Saturday proved just how crucial his presence can be for his team.
TheCosta Rican international started and played 85 minutes in NYCFC's 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy at Yankee Stadium, helping create the lone goal of the contest while limiting threats on the defensive side of the ball for his club's seventh shutout of the season.
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – There are many players around the world who have made playing for one club a hallmark of their careers. Scores of others have played for several clubs, but have become synonyms with one of them. Take Landon Donovan.
While not a flashy new player, Real Salt Lake completed the re-signing of a key component of its roster, locking Joao Plata up with a new multi-year DP deal.
The 24-year old winger has been a boon for RSL since his trade from Toronto FC in 2013, as he's notched 30 goals and 30 assists in regular season play, leaving him fifth and third respectively in club history.
Toronto FC has been expectedly quiet during the winter, but they made a significant splash on Monday morning.
TFC has officially unveiled the signing of Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez using targeted allocation money. The 30-year-old most recently played for Cruz Azul in Liga MX and will provide even more experience in TFC's midfield this upcoming season.
While nothing major, any time a player undergoes a surgery is a tense time for a team and its fans.
Thankfully, the New England Revolution have announced on Friday that forward Juan Agudelo has undergone a successful minor surgery on a small facial bone fracture. Agudelo suffered the fracture during the first half of the U.
The next stage of Mix Diskerud's career has officially begun.
IFK Goteborg announced on Friday that the club has signed Diskerud on loan from NYCFC through Aug. 27. The U.S. Men's National Team midfielder has already joined the club for two training sessions under Jorgen Lennartson, who previously managed Diskerud at Norwegian side Stabaek.
Playoffs are coming. But before they do, it's time for United's last home game of the regular season, against the very hate-able, stupidly named NYCFC. (By the way, Jason breaks down DCU's playoff scenarios for you right here, so check that out.)
Putting the playoffs aside for just a minute, though, let's predict what'll happen in tomorrow's match.