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10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. A Triumphant Return to NYC For Kreis

Orlando City is top of the Eastern Conference, and their manager Jason Kreis couldn’t be sitting prettier.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 8 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. A Triumphant Return to NYC For Kreis

Orlando City is top of the Eastern Conference, and their manager Jason Kreis couldn’t be sitting prettier.

NYCFC

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.

Vieira remains committed to seeing NYCFC build from back even as principles change

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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.

Moralez brings something "completely different" to NYCFC

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New York City FC supporters have been noisy on social media in the off-season, curious as to what prominent Designated Player the club would obtain to replace retired legend Frank Lampard.

While Maxi Moralez may not rank with Sami Khedira in name recognition, the 5-foot 3-inch attacking midfielder may be NYCFC's most essential acquisition since star forward David Villa.

NYCFC signs Moralez as Designated Player

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Following the departure of Frank Lampard, NYCFC went out in search of their third Designated Player. They got him on Wednesday.

NYCFC announced Wednesday that the club has signed Argentinian midfielder Maxi Moralez as a DP. Moralez joins from Mexico's Club Leon, signing a three-year deal with NYCFC.

16-year-old Sands impresses Vieira, Villa in first NYCFC appearance

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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.

NYCFC seals playoff berth under Vieira's guidance

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NEW YORK — Patrick Vieira tried his best to shy away from it, but everyone else at Yankee Stadium on Friday night knew what his squad's latest win meant.

That New York City FC, in just its second season in MLS, will qualify for the postseason.

Lampard truly makes Thursday his own with another standout performance

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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.

USA vs. Ecuador, US Open Cup, St. Louis Stadium: Freedom Kicks for 16 June 2016

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I'm still sleepy after staying up for free soccer last night, so this is the intro. It isn't the intro you deserve, but it is the one you get. Onto the links!

D.C. United fall to Fort Lauderdale Strikers in penalties in US Open Cup - Black And Red United: Very disappointing.

Vieira refuses to set timetable for Lampard return

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Following New York City FC's latest setback, Frank Lampard walked through the bowels of Yankee Stadium togreet former teammate and longtime friend Didier Drogba. While Drogba stood decked out in Montreal Impact apparel, Lampard stood in street clothes, a look all too familiar in what has been a nightmare of a season to this point.

Arsenal

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/25/17

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A link for every goal from last night.

Philadelphia Union News

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Last week, Josh Yaro announced he would be able to start running as a part of his rehab process. This week, he made good on that announcement.

Mike Sorber To Be Inducted Into The St.

Arsenal are STILL looking for Patrick Vieira’s replacement

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We need another Patrick Viera in our midfield By SK In recent games, we have been bullied and out muscled by the midfield players of any team we come we play. Against Chelsea, our midfield was virtually non-existent. Against Bayern, I kept asking the fella by my side if Arsenal had midfielders playing in the [.

Relax Arsenal fans! Xhaka red card suggests he IS new Vieira

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20 for 20: Twenty games that define Arsene Wenger’s 20 years at Arsenal

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All-round Alaba helps Austria take flight

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Vienna (AFP) Born to a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother, DavidAlabais an unlikely poster boy for an Austrian national team soaring unprecedented heights.

Raised in Vienna, Alaba left his hometown just after turning 16 to join Bayern Munich's youth academy.

As a youngster he idolised Patrick Vieira and dreamed of playing for Arsenal, but Bayern's persistence lured him to Germany where Alaba has blossomed into a world-class talent.

All-round Alaba helps Austria take flight

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Vienna (AFP) Born to a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother, DavidAlabais an unlikely poster boy for an Austrian national team soaring unprecedented heights.

Raised in Vienna, Alaba left his hometown just after turning 16 to join Bayern Munich's youth academy.

As a youngster he idolised Patrick Vieira and dreamed of playing for Arsenal, but Bayern's persistence lured him to Germany where Alaba has blossomed into a world-class talent.

All-round Alaba helps Austria take flight in Euro 2016

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Vienna (AFP) Born to a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother, DavidAlabais an unlikely poster boy for an Austrian national team soaring unprecedented heights.

Raised in Vienna, Alaba left his hometown just after turning 16 to join Bayern Munich's youth academy.

As a youngster he idolised Patrick Vieira and dreamed of playing for Arsenal, but Bayern's persistence lured him to Germany where Alaba has blossomed into a world-class talent.

All-round Alaba helps Austria take flight in Euro 2016

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Vienna (AFP) Born to a Nigerian father and a Filipino mother, DavidAlabais an unlikely poster boy for an Austrian national team soaring unprecedented heights.

Raised in Vienna, Alaba left his hometown just after turning 16 to join Bayern Munich's youth academy.

As a youngster he idolised Patrick Vieira and dreamed of playing for Arsenal, but Bayern's persistence lured him to Germany where Alaba has blossomed into a world-class talent.

New York City FC

D.C. United versus NYCFC lineup: Waiting for Acosta

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Without the diminutive playmaker, United will stick with its opening lineup

D.C. United takes its first and only road trip to New York City this Sunday, going to Yankee Stadium to face off against New York City FC. The Pigeons have a couple of names that you definitely know: Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, and Ethan White, plus a number of lesser known players that they're trying to work into a coherent whole.

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: New York City FC

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NYCFC got deeper, but did they improve enough to take the next step?

Last year under Patrick Vieira, New York City FC ended up surprising a lot of people. Despite the star power on their roster, they looked like a top-heavy team that was built to put on a show more than they were to actually win games.

MLS Ticker: NYCFC signs midfielder, Atlanta adds Argentine, and more

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New York City FC, expected to make a splash this winter with a handful of roster spots and a DP slot to fill,have continued their offseason additions with an international signing.

The team officially announced the long-rumored signing of Panamanian attacking midfielder Miguel Camargo on a one year loan with an option to purchase.

Diskerud's NYCFC future remains in doubt as club looks to add new pieces

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Mix Diskerud's future with New York City FC has been in doubt for quite some time, and it appears that the club is stilllooking for a solution regarding the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder.

Speaking at David Villa's MVP award ceremony on Tuesday, head coach Patrick Vieira said that the club is working to find a solution that works for both the club and Diskerud as NYCFC moves into what should be a busy offseason.

Lampard limps off as City draw 2-2 with FC Dallas

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New York (AFP) Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard limped out of New York City FC's 2-2 MLS draw with FC Dallas with an apparent left calf injury.

With the playoffs four weeks away it could be a serious blow for City and Lampard, who missed the first 12 matches of the season with an injury to the same leg but has become an increasingly influential force for a club challenging Toronto FC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Vieira believes referees influenced by Marsch's comments

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Rivalries always seem to bring out the nastiness in players. Crunching tackles, confrontationsand consistent chirping are the norm when it comes to contests with major stakes, but there was also no love lost between coaches following Sunday's Hudson River Derby.

Vieira blasts NYCFC's lack of humility following loss to Cosmos

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Patrick Vieira has heard this story before, and the New York City FC manager is tired of making excusesfollowing heartbreaking losses.

Facing off with the rival New York Cosmos in Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup clash, NYCFC conceded a late winner to Danny Szetela.

NYCFC dealt a reality check following Orlando City comeback

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A noticeably melancholy David Villa stood in front of reporters in the New York City FC locker room just moments after his sideconceded yet another lead and blew yet another chance at home points. In a soft voice, Villa said plenty about what went wrong on Sunday afternoon, but four words rang most true.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

New York City moves to MLS top with Toronto draw

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New York (AFP) New York City FC moved to the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday after extending their unbeaten run to five matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Toronto FC.

City, fresh from a 2-1 victory over champions Portland on Sunday, took the lead through Ghanaian international Kwadwo Poku, the midfielder curling a finish past Clint Irwin on 16 minutes.

Frank Lampard closes in on NYCFC season debut

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Criticism and skepticism have surrounded New York City FC's acquisition of Frank Lampard since his arrival last summer, but it appears that the former Chelsea midfielder is on-track to make his season debut this week.

During NYCFC's 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers on Sunday night, head coach Patrick Vieira revealed to Fox Sports 1's Julie Stewart-Binks that the 37-year-old is nearing a return and could be in the squad against Toronto FC on Wednesday night and three days later against the New York Red Bulls.

New York City FC revival gathers pace as Timbers felled

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Los Angeles (AFP) New York City FC defeated MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers 2-1 as Patrick Vieira's resurgent side marched towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Goals from former Spain international David Villa and American midfielder Tommy McNamara secured a third consecutive victory for City after Portland's Fanendo Adi had equalized.

New York City FC revival gathers pace as Timbers felled

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Los Angeles (AFP) New York City FC defeated MLS Cup champions the Portland Timbers 2-1 as Patrick Vieira's resurgent side marched towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Goals from former Spain international David Villa and American midfielder Tommy McNamara secured a third consecutive victory for City after Portland's Fanendo Adi had equalized.

Keys to Victory: 4 things D.C. United needs to do to beat NYCFC

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The Black-and-Red need to get on the front foot against a fragile New York City FC side tonight

Coming off of a 1-1 draw on the road last week, D.C. United faces New York City FC in a precarious position. The Black-and-Red are above the red line, but the visitors trail them only due to goal difference.

Opposition 11: Who will NYCFC start against D.C. United on Sunday?

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After some unusual choices, Patrick Vieira's side has settled on a consistent formation

Most of the time, these pieces covering D.C. United's next opponent refer to a pretty familiar formation, with an emphasis on possession, or pressure, or direct play being the real difference. That isn't the case with New York City FC, whose head coach Patrick Vieira has been unafraid to attempt new things all season.

New York City FC slump to MLS loss as star midfielder Andrea Pirlo dropped

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New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira's shock decision to omit Italian star Andrea Pirlo from his squad failed to pay off in a 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the Union in Philadelphia.

Vieira on Saturday stressed that Pirlo wasn't injured, and his absence was strictly a coach's decision.

New York City FC slump to MLS loss as star midfielder Andrea Pirlo dropped

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New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira's shock decision to omit Italian star Andrea Pirlo from his squad failed to pay off in a 2-0 Major League Soccer defeat to the Union in Philadelphia.

Vieira on Saturday stressed that Pirlo wasn't injured, and his absence was strictly a coach's decision.

Christian Pulisic

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Union bits, Detroit bid, more

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Highlights from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference and more Union news. Renderings of downtown stadium accompany Detroit MLS expansion announcement. Pulisic! More news.

Readying for NYCFC, HCI home opener tonight, BSFC hosts Charleston on Sunday, more

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The Union hosts NYCFC (arrive early!). Bethlehem hosts Charleston. Harrisburg hosts Louisville. Pulisic! More news.

The Rest

Mighty Mustafi

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Is it possible to assess the effect of a player upon the future of Arsenal FC after just a few games? Normally No, but every so often a player just ..... fits.

Think back to April 1996. We were playing Sheffield Wednesday (what happened to them?) and losing 1-0 when Ray Parlour got injured.

What has happened to the love affair between Arsene and the Fans?

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As with all great romances, the start of this special relationship was very sotto voce with an understated question ‘Arsene Who?' which swiftly developed into the realisation that we were on the verge of a ‘new deal' era managed by a footballing mastermind, and which was quickly symbolised by the long distance purchase of a footballing great, Patrick Vieira, before ever we had seen ‘The Professor' in person.