Patrick Vieira

MLS-New York City FC

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.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira: "We're going to be good enough to challenge Toronto"

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PHILADELPHIA New York City FC finished in second place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last year and one goal short of reaching the conference finals.The club could have deemed that good enough to not have to make many changes to its roster ahead of the 2018 campaign, but it opted for a different approach in an effort to get deeper.

NYCFC faces long odds in second leg agaisnt Columbus

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"I expect them to sit back, have a deep block and go in to counter-attack," said NYCFC head coachPatrick Vieira.

"We think the best way to advance is by scoring a goal so we're going to be focused on attacking," Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter told SiriusXM FC.

So, when the two teams square off in the second leg of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday with the Crew up 4-1.

Following first leg shellacking, NYCFC still holding onto hope of unlikely home comeback

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Heading into the postseason, the big focus for NYCFC was to avoid the failures of last season. Their postseason debut, a 2016 clash with Toronto FC, was over in the blink of an eye thanks to naive defending and a vicious attack. It ended 7-0 on aggregate and, at times, it didn't even feel that close.

Patrick Vieira calls for NYCFC to be more 'ruthless' in front of goal

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A soccer goal is eight feet by 24 feet – an enormous frame that at certain moments during a match or season appears to shrink.

"I could not relax," said New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira after Wednesday's 1-0 triumph at Montreal.

Vieira could see from the opening minutes that he might have license to sit back and relish a dominant performance by his club.

A look at the tactics on display in the Hudson River Derby

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The New York Red Bulls may want to hang their head's after this weekend's draw to New York City FC. The truth, though, is that the 1-1 draw between the teams represents a critical shift in the Hudson River Derby that will make it a compelling match for years to come.

Jesse Marsch and Patrick Vieira are proving to be worthy adversaries that are dissecting each other and each other's team to great detail, planning their every move.

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.

Clock is ticking and no transfer news for NYCFC

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If the clock strikes midnight on Wednesday evening without additions to the New York City Football Club, there is a former French international who will not be pleased.

"Three," said NYCFC head coach, Patrick Vieira after training on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Kreis takes shot at Vieira following Orlando City's loss to NYCFC

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For a variety of reasons, Orlando City and New York City FC have developed into natural rivals after coming into MLS as expansion partners. After Sunday's match, that rivalry saw a bit more fuel added to the fire.

Orlando City head coach Jason Kreis, who managed NYCFC in the club's inaugural season, took exception to several comments from current NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira.

NYCFC Notes: McNamara, Pirlo, RSL and more

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It was an important night for Tommy McNamara. A regular in the starting XI the previous season, McNamara had been relegated to reserve duty with the additions of Rodney Wallace, Maxi Moralez, Alexander Ring and emerging teenager Yangel Herrera. With Herrera departing for the U-20 World Cup and Andrea Pirlo back home in New York, head coach Patrick Vieira plugged McNamara into the starting group at FC Dallas on Sunday night.

NYCFC Notes: Defensive struggles for Wallace, Shelton remains hamstrung and more

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Following the acquisition of Rodney Wallace nearly three weeks into the pre-season, New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira suggested that he considered Wallace a winger – not a fullback.

Although Wallace has performed both roles in his nine years as a professional, Vieira welcomed the Costa Rican international into the NYCFC fold with one positional intention – left wing in a three-man front.

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.

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.

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.

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First leg looms large for NYCFC following playoff exit

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Scoring twice, recording a clean sheet, dominating possession and posting 16 shots sounds like a good day at the office for any team. Yet, for New York City FC, it wasn't enough.

A 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium was met with disappointment, as it was not enough to overcome the 4-1 loss suffered days earlier in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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.

Major League Soccer

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.

MLS Ticker: Plata to Liga MX?, Vieira commits future to NYCFC, and more

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Real Salt Lake has easily been one of, if not the worst team in Major League Soccer this season.

However, Joao Plata has been a bright spot for Mike Petke's side, who currently have 14 points through their opening 16 matches this season. Plata, 25, has two goals and two assists in 12 appearances this season.

Player of the week: Andre Blake

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With seven saves, five against David Villa, Andre Blake was the Union's best player. We take a closer look at PSP's player of the week.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

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.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/25/17

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A link for every goal from last night.

Philadelphia Union News

Josh Yaro running at Union training
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.

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.


Shaky Xhaka forcing Arsenal to pay Seri’s £33m transfer fee?

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How often have Arsenal fans and football pundits talked about the central midfield problem? Pretty much constantly ever since we lost the services of the warrior that was Patrick Vieira, with many feeling it is no coincidence that the Gunners have not lifted the Premier League trophy since the Frenchman left our club in 2005.

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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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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Alejandro Bedoya's 60th cap, USA vs. Mexico: Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/10/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Major Union moments from US Open Cup
The Union will kickoff their quest for the 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup next week when the team takes on Harrisburg City Islanders

Bedoya makes 60th USMNT appearance in 2-0 win against Trinidad and Tobago
Alejandro Bedoya subbed into the US Men's National Team's Hexagonal match against Trinidad and Tobago in the 73rd minute, playing the final 17 minutes and helping preserve the team's 2-0 win.

Around The Forest: It’s Christian Pulisic’s world and we just live in it

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United States down T&T, LA Galaxy to invest $1million in Girls' academy and Patrick Vieira to Ligue 1?


Arena's belief in Nagbe pays off with strong shift in US national team win |
Thursday night's 2-0 win for the US national team over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying was a marquee moment for young American star Christian Pulisic, but it also marked a resurgent performance for Darlington Nagbe.

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.