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New York City FC

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.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

Villa scores twice as NYCFC shuts out Orlando City

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Orlando (AFP) – Reigning MLS MVP David Villa scored twice as New York City FC posted a 3-0 victory over Orlando City, which suffered its first loss at home this season.

The former Barcelona striker opened the scoring on a first-half penalty kick, set up when Orlando’s Kaka was called for a handball.

D.C. United vs. NYCFC in GIF form

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Watch Lucho and Bill do work, as well as some quiet indicators for United at the back

I like winning, as D.C. United did Saturday over New York City FC. But if you're looking for animated moments of a celebratory nature this may not be the post for you. This isn't to say that we hated the win; we don't, but there were some things to take a closer look at.

Villa at the double as New York bounce back in MLS

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice as New York City FC bounced back from their opening weekend defeat with a 4-0 rout of DC United in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa scored once and created another in a dominant first-half display as New York responded to last week’s disappointing loss to Orlando City FC in emphatic fashion.

Villa at the double as New York bounce back in MLS

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New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice as New York City FC bounced back from their opening weekend defeat with a 4-0 rout of DC United in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa scored once and created another in a dominant first-half display as New York responded to last week’s disappointing loss to Orlando City FC in emphatic fashion.

MLS-New York City FC

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: Embracing change, lessons for Lewis and more

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Change is a good thing. Change triggers progress. Not all change is pleasant but overcoming a tough period can make you stronger.

The transformation in year three of the New York City Football Club has illuminated the varying effects of a makeover.

Major League Soccer

Wallace, Villa fire NYCFC past Atlanta in MLS

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New York (AFP) – Reigning Major League Soccer Most Valuable Player David Villa celebrated his contract extension with New York City FC with a goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Atlanta United.

Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa returned from a one match absence due to illness and quickly made his presence felt at Yankee Stadium.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Wallace, Flamini and more

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Following the club's first win, the Chicago Fire are nearing the return of one of their best attacking options.

Fire forward David Accam is in the "final phase of recovery" according to head coach Veljko Paunovic. The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker has been recovering from a knee sprain.

Portland Timbers

Timbers Trade Rodney Wallace’s Rights to NYCFC

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On Wednesday afternoon the Portland Timbers traded their rights to Rodney Wallace to New York City FC in exchange for $75,000 of 2017 general allocation money and $50,000 of 2018 targeted allocation money.

Wallace, 28, appears poised to return to MLS after a year abroad with FC Arouca in Portugal's top flight and Sport Recife in Brazil's first division.

Stumptown Preview: What Fanendo Adi means to the Portland Timbers

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33 goals in 69 appearances. 26 goals since the start of the 2015 season. Fanendo Adi has consistently been one of the best forwards in the MLS since his arrival in 2014. The young Nigerian fits in so well with the surrounding pieces; offering a large target for the skill players like Darlington Nagbe and Diego Valeri to find and combine with, while also offering wingers like the Rodney Wallace of old and the Lucas Melano of new a target on their whipped in crosses.

Rodney Wallace Heads to Portugal, Signs for FC Arouca

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The Warrior, Rodney Wallace, has finally signed with a club and it is not the Portland Timbers. The MLS Cup goalscorerhas headed to Portugal to join first division side Futebol Clube Arouca, according to a post on the team's site.

Since joining the Timbers in 2011, Wallace played 129 league and post-season matches for the club, scoring 18 goals and adding 20 assists in that time.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Timbers, Impact and more

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The Chicago Fire have been relatively quiet this offseason when it comes to signing talent from outside the U.S., but that changed on Friday.

Across the Atlantic, Eredivisie club FC Groningen confirmed it had transferred 25-year-old defender Johan Kappelhof to the Chicago Fire, and he's likely to sign a multi-year contract.

Timbers Prepare for Familiar Foe as Camp Opens

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We meet again.

The Portland Timbers exorcised a lot of demons in their 2015 MLS Cup run. And at their first training session on Saturday morning it was clear that the Greed-and-Gold are still carrying with them a great deal of confidence from their trophy-winning campaign.

But among the foes that remain for this team is one that should have been vanquished long ago: March wins.

Wallace Rebuffs Timbers’ Contract Offer; Looks Overseas

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The Portland Timbers post-championship offseason hit its first unexpected bump on Monday, as owner Merritt Paulson acknowledged on Twitter that winger Rodney Wallace had turned down the Timbers' contract offer and will ply his trade elsewhere in 2016. Because they extended a bona fide offer to Wallace at the end of the season, the Timbers hold Wallace's MLS rights, making it most likely that Wallace's other suitors are overseas.

Remember That Time the Portland Timbers Won the MLS Cup?

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Hey, do you guys remember the time that the Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup? That was pretty neat, right?

It's that slow time of year, so I can't help but reminisce. Let's take a walk down memory lane.

For those of you who might not recall, it was a pretty wild game. Diego Valeri scored less than a minute in then Rodney Wallace added another in the 7th.

Columbus Crew supporters throw bottles at Portland Timbers players after goal in MLS Cup

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This is ridiculous.

After Rodney Wallace gave the Portlant Timbers a two-goal lead in MLS Cup just 10 minutes into the match, the Crew's supporters located in the end where the goal was scored showered the players with beer bottles.

What just happened?

Rodney Wallace heads the Portland Timbers into a two-goal lead in MLS Cup

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Huge break, but we'll take it!

What in the world is happening right now? The Portland Timbers have a two-goal lead just 10 minutes into the MLS Cup final. Columbus Crew SC will be furious that this second goal was given as it appeared as if the ball crossed the sideline and went out of play.

Player News and Rumors

Timbers roster adds five players while saying goodbye to Wallace, Paparatto & Nanchoff

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Another busy week for the Portland Timbers nets them five players for the 2016 season, but some familiar names have moved onto other chapters as they won't return to the club to help defend the MLS Cup.

Portland Timbers use early goals & stellar defense to outlast Columbus Crew for 2015 MLS Cup

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The theme of the 2015 MLS Playoffs for the Portland Timbers. It started with a simple tifo versus Sporting Kansas City in the Knockout Round, then grew to epic proportions throughout the various rounds. Portland can now bask in...

Portland Timbers outlast Sporting Kansas City in dramatic shootout finish to advance in MLS Playoffs

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Quite simply, this was one of the most incredible MLS matches - actually, it was one of the most improbable soccer matches - I've ever witnessed in person. Emotions were across the board, but in the end, it was the Portland Timbers defeating Sporting Kansas City behind goals from Rodney Wallace and Maximiliano Urruti combined with one of the most dramatic penalty shootouts ever.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Sporting Kansas City third match

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In evaluating the Portland Timbers efforts versus Sporting Kansas City back on October 3, I tried something a bit different - trying to figure out the reasons for the up and down play put forth by them. It's not scores, but something I hope a bit more personal.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Columbus Crew

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We have complete player ratings from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 win over the Columbus Crew back on September 26 on the road. Included are marks for every Timbers player that appeared and a composite mark for the team in addition to marks for the coaches, opponent and officials.

Historic night from Fanendo Adi helps Portland Timbers secure 2 to 1 win over Columbus Crew

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After suffering a humiliating loss to the New York Red Bulls in their last match, Timbers Coach Caleb Porter promised changes. Making three lineup changes for a road match in Columbus, the Timbers used a swarming attack, timely defense and a Fanendo Adi brace to secure a hearty 2 to 1 win.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New York Red Bulls match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 0 loss to the New York Red Bulls - including individual player marks, a collective rating for the team, plus marks for the officials, opponent and coaches.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC third match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 2 to 1 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC from August 30. Included are marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus a mark for officiating, opponent, coaching, and the complete team.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo match

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Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe was able to add another goal to his account with a 75th minute effort that bounced off Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric and into goal. Portland was down two goals at the time, but had been...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. FC Dallas second match

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We have complete player ratings from the 4 to 1 loss for the Portland Timbers to FC Dallas back on July 25 in Frisco, Texas. The ratings include individual marks for every Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent, officials, and a composite team mark.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Vancouver Whitecaps third match

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We have complete player evaluations for the Portland Timbers 1 all draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps back on July 18 at Providence Park. Included are ratings for all Timbers players that appeared, plus a rating for the coaches, opponent and officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Philadelphia Union

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 3 to 0 loss to the Philadelphia Union back on July 11. There are ratings for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the coaches, officials, and opponent.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. San Jose Earthquakes first match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers 1 to 0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes back on July 5 at Providence Park, including marks for each player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and the officiating.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Seattle Sounders FC second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers epic 4 to 1 win over the Seattle Sounders FC, including individual marks for the players, a team rating, and ratings for the coaches and opponent.

Portland Timbers rebound from midweek loss to dismantle Seattle Sounders FC 4 to 1 at home

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After suffering the worst defeat of the 2015 season in their last match, the Portland Timbers were hoping to right the ship against the Seattle Sounders FC at home. While the teams battled back and forth through a physical first half and goals from Darlington Nagbe and Lamar Neagle, the Sounders defense eventually crumbled under a Fanendo Adi brace and late Rodney Wallace tally to absorb a 4 to 1 victory by the Timbers.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Houston Dynamo second match

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers big 2 to 0 win over the Houston Dynamo back on June 20, including scores for each Timbers player that appeared, the coaches, opponent and officials.

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers second match versus Houston Dynamo

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Lost in most of the kerfuffle of this week's U.S. Open Cup match because of the disciplinary meltdown late in the affair was the work of Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey. He made several huge saves on Sounders players - including...

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. New England Revolution

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We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers' 2 to 0 win over the New England Revolution back on June 6 at Providence Park, including marks for every player that appeared, the coaches, officiating and the opponent.

The Rest

Gold Cup Rewind: Costa Rica, Canada open Group A with victories

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The first marquee match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup lived up to expectations on Friday night.

Costa Rica downed Honduras 1-0 on a Marco Urena strike in the 39th minute in front of a sold out crowd at Red Bull Arena. The win tied the Ticos on points with Canada at the top of Group A.

Urena's goal was produced by some exquisite buildup play, starting with a long ball from Giancarlo Gonzalez.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids third match

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There was a lot of this happening on October 25 when the Timbers finished their season. It's always great to see, and I hope that it happens a lot more. Seriously.Jennifer Kesgard, community blogger For a look back at match...