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MLS Ticker: NYCFC's Herrera 'ready for Europe', Union sign defender and more

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Yangel Herrera has been one of the best young players in MLS since making the move to NYCFC, but the Venezuelan midfielder's eyes are now set on a move elsewhere.

"I am ready for Europe," Herrera said, according to AS. "I feel good and I would really like to make the jump."

Herrera is on loan to NYCFC from Manchester City and has started all seven of NYCFC's games this season.

Vieira: Atlanta-NYCFC match shows how far MLS has come

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Patrick Vieira has seen much of the European soccer landscape. His illustrious career saw him feature for clubs in England, France and Italy while playing in countless matches against Europe's biggest clubs.

On Sunday, Vieira coached one of MLS' biggest clubs against another pushing the boundaries and, when all was said and done, what he saw was progress.

NYCFC continues to prove itself as one of the elite teams in MLS

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It's almost impossible for NYCFC to go under the radar. It's just the nature of the club. Big city, big stars, big expectations and, ultimately, big eyeballs on the team week in and week out.

Yet, somehow, NYCFC has somehow, someway quietly kickstarted the season in historic fashion, and the hot start has at least one coach believing Patrick Viera's side is the best MLS has to offer at this point in time.

NYCFC pastes helpless RSL to extend undefeated start

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BRONX, N.Y. — The goals came early and they came often, and the end result was yet another victory for a New York City FC side that is enjoying the best start of any club this year.

NYCFC extended its undefeated run in 2018 on Wednesday night by mauling a listless Real Salt Lake team, 4-0, at Yankee Stadium.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: New York City FC

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NYCFC was predicted to be an elite team in MLS this season, but what they have done so far in 2018 has exceeded even the most optimistic of expectations.

NYCFC currently sits atop both the Eastern Conference as well as the Supporters' Shield standings early in the season, recording an impressive four wins and one draw in their opening five matches.

Ismael Tajouri proving a valuable addition to NYCFC attack

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Although New York City FC's shiny new Designated Player, 20-year-old Paraguayan Jesus Medina, is widely considered the main replacement for former stud winger Jack Harrison, another newcomer has also made a big impact early on for Patrick Vieira's squad.

While it's likely true that Medina will play a primary playmaking role out wide, Austrian Bundesliga veteran Ismael Tajouri has show he's more than just a squad player with three goals over the previous two games.

Shorthanded NYCFC ties Revolution behind Tajouri brace

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Playing without three key starters, New York City FC rallied back from a road deficit twice on Saturday afternoon to come away with a 2-2 tie against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Newcomer Ismael Tajouri continued his strong start with goals in the 51st and 75th minute to keep NYCFC unbeaten through four matches.

Second half goals lead NYCFC past sloppy Orlando City

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It wasn't the prettiest win of the season but, with David Villa out of the lineup, NYCFC will be just fine with Saturday's result.

Ismael Tajouri and Maxi Moralez provided goals on Saturday as NYCFC topped Orlando City, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.

The first goal finally came in the second half, and it was a calamitous one.

David Villa is making the most of his time in New York, on and off the field

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NEW YORK — David Villa is a busy man and, as he sat backstage at the SoHo Apple Store on Monday, his phone buzzed and buzzed. Text messages flew in, illuminating an NYCFC logo even as he was surrounded by friends, partners and confidantes. The vibrating phone sits on the long conference table in front of him, and it serves as an obvious reminder of the fact that there is barely a moment's rest for New York City's biggest soccer star, even on his off day.

NYCFC looking to better close out games following narrow win over Galaxy

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NEW YORK —The dash to the finish line could have been much easier, but New York City FC made things more difficult than they needed to be.

NYCFC won for the second straight week, defeating the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening. While collecting three more points in the home opener was the biggest takeaway, NYCFC stressed after the match the need to close out games better.

NYCFC topple Galaxy for second consecutive win to open 2018

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After picking up a big road win to start the season, NYCFC put in another strong performance against a Western Conference foe to earn three points from their home opener.

Goals from Anton Tinnerholm and David Villa led the way for NYCFC, who toppled the LA Galaxy, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

NYCFC earns road win over Sporting KC on goals from Moralez, Medina

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A familiar face and a newcomer led the way as New York City FC opened the 2018 season with a statement road win.

Maxi Moralez and Jesus Medina provided the finishes for NYCFC, who went to Children's Mercy Park and emerged with a 2-0 win over Sporting KC to open the 2018 campaign.

Two of the team's veterans combined for the opening goal in a half that saw the visitors' attack prove smothering.

SBI MLS Season Preview: New York City FC

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New York City FC remain in the space between dazzling entertainers and bona fide contenders as the 2018 season looms.

Capable of playing some of the most fluid, interconnected soccer this side of the Atlantic, NYCFC is also equally as capable of imploding into a confused mess. Their two-legged loss to the Columbus Crew epitomized this as a 2–0 second leg win at home was not enough to offset a 4–1 loss in the first leg.

Two local officials charged with developing Queens lot back plan for New York soccer stadium

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Building a soccer stadium in New York has proven to be a difficult task, but it appears the pursuit could be getting some assistance from a pair of local officials charged with developing a massive plot of land.

QueensBorough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Francisco Moya are set to chair a committee that willcome up with recommendations for a17-acre plot of city-owned land in Willets Point.

NYCFC prepares for life with Jack Harrison

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While Jack Harrison watched his new team at Middlesbrough play to a disappointing home draw with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week, his former club at New York City FC continued pre-season preparations without their valuable cog from a season ago.

Following more than two weeks of speculation, Harrison landed in Manchester on Tuesday to sign a deal with NYCFC's sister club, Manchester City FC.

Report: NYCFC holding out for more as Stoke City improves offer for Jack Harrison

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Stoke City's pursuit of Jack Harrison continues, but NYCFC is reportedly holding out for a bit more.

According to Goal USA, the Potters have increased their bid for the 21-year-old English winger from $4.5 million to$7 million in the days since the initial offer was turned down. According to the report, the bid could rise up to $10 million with incentives.

Report: Stoke City makes bid for Jack Harrison

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When Jack Harrison earned a call-up to the England Under-21 national team last year, it seemed inevitable that English Premier League clubs would come calling soon after.

The chase has reportedly begun.

According to a report by , Stoke City has made a $4.5 million transfer bid for Harrison, an improved offer after having an initial $3 million bid rejected.

NYCFC adds Paraguayan Jesus Medina as young DP

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NYCFC kickstarted 2018 with a Designated Player signing.

The club announced on Monday thatParaguayan international Jesus Medina is set to come to New York as a Young DP signing. The 20-year old comes to NYCFC on aa four-year contract with NYCFC following his transfer from Club Libertad in Paraguay.

Report: NYCFC loses out on Belmont stadium site

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The search for a soccer-specific stadium is not coming to an end anytime soon for New York City FC.

The franchise entering its fourth season in MLS lost out on its bid to build a stadium at the Belmont Park site to the New York Islanders of the NHL, per Newsday.

NYCFC's proposal for the site included a 26,000-seat stadium in addition to land for retail development and a facility for soccer purposes.

Major League Soccer

The MLS report: Laundry week

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It's time for the recap of the week that was in MLS. We take a look at a marquee matchup, some clean sheets, and how the Union's next opponent fared.

The referee in the Champions League

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Don't worry, We're not starting the soccer news with a hot take on yesterday's late penalty for Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals. Quick recap, after giving up three goals at home to Juventus, their series was tied until a stoppage time incident. On what we're all going to agree was a 50/50 call for the sake of argument, referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot.

What can the MLS leaderboard already tell us?

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 9, 2018) US Soccer Players – We may be just over a month into the 2018 MLS season, but it has already produced several milestones. From record-breaking goals to how the league's newcomers are faring, the season is already telling its story.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Joao Moutinho

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There was a lot of excitement surrounding Joao Moutinho going into the 2018 MLS Draft, and even more when he was selected first overall by LAFC. Some first round draft picks thrive under the pressure, while others unfortunately crumble, and Moutinho has certainly done the former through the first few weeks of his professional career.

The MLS report: Week Four

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Another week, another Union bye. Here's the latest recap of the week that was in MLS.

The MLS report: Matchday 3

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It was a colorful weekend in MLS with a shade of sky blue and some reds sprinkled in. PSP's MLS recap is here.

MLS recap: Week 2

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We're trying something new — a weekly recap of all the MLS action. This week's storylines include Champions League success, a rash of late winners, and goals galore.

Timber Cruise: LA Galaxy 2, Portland Timbers 1

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Across MLS it was hard to tell that this weekend was opening weekend. Games were, by and large, far better than the typical Week 1, with standout performances from Columbus, Houston, and NYCFC.

As for the Timbers? Yikes. They looked every bit of Week 1. This team has some work to do.

Let's cruise.

News roundup: Union smash Montreal, all quiet on Czech front, Klinsmann’s salary

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Plus: Bethlehem Steel beat Penn FC, top 98 players born since '98, the keeper's gotta cell phone on the pitch, and more.

Paraguay’s new MLS influence

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 19, 2018) US Soccer Players – When the USMNT takes on Paraguay next month, it won't be just another friendly. It will also highlight the growing relationship between MLS and the South American nation of just 6.8 million. While it's true that waves of foreigners have come to play in this country since the league began in 1996, it's the quality, age, and nationalities of those players that has changed over the decades.

Is allocation money helping the MLS free agency problem?

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Feb 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - A month out from the start of the 2018 MLS regular season, the flurry of transactions hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. We've already seen some highs and lows across the league. Montreal swapped loanee Blerim Dzemaili for a permanent transfer of Bologna's Saphir Taider.

NYCFC and Orlando City in season four

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 31, 2018) US Soccer Players - Two of the most active clubs during a busy MLS offseason happen to have come into the league together back in 2015. NYCFC and Orlando City have been on divergent paths since an inaugural year that saw both come up short of the MLS Cup playoffs.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United lands David Ousted, Sam Adekugbe transfers to Norwegian side, and more

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David Ousted is set to be Bill Hamid's replacement in the nation's capital.

Ousted, 32, transfers to United on a reported two-year contract following a completed trade between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Black and Red. The Danish goalkeeper, who has a third year club option in his new contract, will earn roughly $500,000 this upcoming season, keeping him under the Designated Player threshold.

Nashville, NYCFC, and the MLS expansion model

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer descended upon Nashville on Wednesday where they announced the 24th franchise. The mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry, the governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and the lead investor in Nashville's MLS bid, John Ingram, joined MLS commissioner Don Garber in celebrating the news that first division professional soccer is coming to the Music City.

The Rest

Soccer TV: Atlanta United vs NYCFC

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It's a high-profile MLS match-up on the weekend soccer TV schedule with Atlanta United hosting NYCFC on Sunday. There's also Liverpool vs Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday on NBC while Manchester City continues their push for the trophy at Spurs on NBCSN.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The final matches of the UEFA Champions League's quarterfinal round headline Wednesday afternoon before an MLS nightcap closes the day.

After administering a 3-0 shellacking in the opening leg, Real Madrid will look to avoid a collapse like Barcelona's on Tuesday. After seeing their heated rivals blow a 4-1 lead to Roma, Real will now look to hold off Juventus in Madrid while pushing towards a threepeat.

Revolution v. NYCFC: Four thoughts

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How did the high press work against NYCFC?

On Saturday, the New England Revolution tied New York City FC 2-2. Here are four thoughts on the game.

1. The High Press

The first half was controlled, almost dominated, by the Revs, as they got at least a half dozen excellent scoring chances, while NYCFC got only two.

Revs miss chance to collect full points vs. depleted NYCFC side, draw 2-2 at Gillette

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Revs squandered two separate leads on Saturday.

After enjoying an early-season bye in Week 3 following their dramatic win over Colorado, the Revolution appeared to have all their ducks in a row to snatch three points at home from Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC. New England was at home and back to full strength, while NYCFC was forced to travel the short distance to Foxborough with a short-handed roster due to both injury and international duty.

News roundup: Herbers interview, Martino on U.S. Soccer run, USWNT drama

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Plus Union Academy action, MLS signing & trades, #SaveTheCrew prediction, more.

Nemeth to miss NYCFC match while representing Hungary

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The Revolution forward will head overseas for a pair of friendlies.

Krisztian Nemeth's season has gotten off to an uneven start. Currently the center of transfer rumors, the Revolution forward has seen just 20 minutes of action through two weeks of play. And now, he'll need to wait at least one more week to find his form.

American midfielder Mix Diskerud signs with Manchester City

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U.S. international Mix Diskerud has himself a new club after being cast aside by New York City FC in 2017.

The 27-year-old has joined Manchester City on a free transfer, inking a four-and-a-half year contract with the Premier League giants.

Apparel maker Umbro broke the announcement on Saturday, which Diskerud called it "a great opportunity for himself" in a statement.