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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.

New York City FC

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.

Vieira, NYCFC not worried about recent home struggles

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NEW YORK – For the fourth time in less than a month, Patrick Vieira sat in Yankee Stadium's press room without a victory to speak of. Yet, with the same calm demeanor that defined his playing career, Vieira insisted everything will be alright.

Shelton, Lopez left off NYCFC gameday roster due to video incident

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NEW YORK – ­­The names of Khiry Shelton and Mikey Lopez are typically counted among New York City FC's gameday roster, but a disciplinary decision saw the two miss out on Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire.

Head coach Patrick Vieira said the two were left out of the NYCFC team for Sunday's match due to his displeasure with recent social media-related issues.

Patrick Vieira not putting emphasis on NYCFC shutouts

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New York City FC has yet to record its first shutout of the season, but head coach Patrick Vieira is not overly concerned about that.

In fact, he isnot even making it a point of emphasis.

NYCFC is four games into the 2016 campaign, and has had its share of struggles thus far on the defensive end.

Frank Lampard ruled out again for NYCFC-Fire clash

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Frank Lampard missed New York City FC's first matchwith the Chicago Fire this season because of a calf strain. He will also miss the second meeting because of that same injury.

For the fifth straight match, NYCFCwill be without Lampard due to the calf problem that has been botheringhim since preseason.

New York City FC held to draw by 10-man New England [VIDEO]

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New York City FC endured a frustrating day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, held to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw by 10-man New England.

City have yet to win in three home games this season, notching two draws and one defeat in a record that head coach Patrick Vieira flatly said wouldn't do.

New York City FC held to draw by 10-man New England [VIDEO]

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New York City FC endured a frustrating day at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, held to a 1-1 Major League Soccer draw by 10-man New England.

City have yet to win in three home games this season, notching two draws and one defeat in a record that head coach Patrick Vieira flatly said wouldn't do.

NYCFC takes 'step back' with performance against Revolution

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NEW YORK – Even as his team was dropping points, Patrick Vieira was able to find positives in the performances of New York City FC throughout his first few games. On Saturday, he found no such joy.

Despite being up a man for nearly the entire second half, Vieira's NYCFC failed to muster much of an attack in a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution.

Arsenal

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

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Xhaka sending off harsh but shows similarity to Vieira by Sam P. Am I just imagining it or have a lot of Arsenal fans been moaning for years about the failure of Arsene Wenger to sign a proper replacement for the former Arsenal captain and central midfield warrior that was Patrick Vieira? So I am [..

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

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What were you doing this time 20 years ago? Chances are your life has undergone a number of changes in that time. Maybe you grew up, left school, did a variety of odd jobs, got a degree, got married,...

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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.

Don Garber

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.

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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.

Major League Standings: Vancouver won with another PK

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Sounders didn't play during the international break, which is great, but a few teams did so here's what happened in those.

Sounders took the weekend off with the USMNT in action so, for once, we didn't get burned by the international window though three matches did occur in MLS, all on Saturday.