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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.

Following four-game win streak, Red Bulls frustrated by letdown against NYCFC

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NEW YORK Up a goal in the second half of Sunday's Hudson River Derby, the New York Red Bulls were riding mighty high. They entered Saturday on a four-game winning streak before finding themselves with a lead in Sunday's rivalry match. At worst, a point would have sufficed, especially on the road.

NYCFC Notes: Patrick Vieira looks to upgrade team, playing Andrea Pirlo and more

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The aspiration for Patrick Vieira is singular: win MLS Cup in his sophomore season as a first team coach with New York City FC. The Arsenal legend is also pragmatic and has resolved that there is little chance NYCFC can hoist the Cup in early December without roster reinforcements.

Sebastian Giovinco brace guides Toronto FC to massive win over NYCFC

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TORONTO – Coming into Sunday afternoon, Sebastian Giovinco trailed David Villa by five goals in the Golden Boot race. He made that race much closer on Saturday while leading his team to a statement win.

Injuries have derailed Giovinco's 2017 season, forcing the the Italian forward to miss four games at different stages of the campaign.

NYCFC Notes: Patrick Vieira learns from Chile, Fredric Brillant steps up and more

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While supporters jeered referee Allan Chapman and groaned at the prospect of their team playing down a man for extensive minutes against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira valued this inevitable coaching moment.

Vieira was among the 82,000 plus at Met Life Stadium last summer when Lionel Messi missed his penalty in the shootout and Chile defeated Argentina in the Copa America Centenario final.

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.

Major League Soccer

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.

Tommy McNamara: “It’s good for the league”

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 7, 2017) US Soccer Players – Tommy McNamara is one of those MLS players with cult hero status. Despite being on a star-studded New York City FC team that includes David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, McNamara is often the standout player. He's become a fan favorite because of his work ethic and dedication to his team.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

The Rest

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.

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.