The Man in Seat 9: Patrick Vieira No Regrets

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EDITORIAL (May 23, 2018) — Someone is lying. Either OGC Nice in a large piece of brinksmanship or Patrick Vieira trying to keep the team focused on that task at hand while it all plays out. Or possibly both sides. Each exaggerating or underplaying their position in the chess game of negotiations. Patrick Vieira has […] READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: David Villa Day

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Editorial (May 19, 2018) — Today, at the match between New York City FC and the Colorado Rapids, New York City honored David Villa by proclaiming May 19th as David Villa Day. And on David Villa Day, the Captain did as he pleased. Scoring a brace, making amazing back heel passes, and generally having, what appeared […] READ MORE



The Man in Seat 9: New York City FC Drowns In Hudson River Derby

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EDITORIAL (May 5, 2018) – The first leg of the Hudson River Derby was a total and utter failure for New York City FC. It wasn’t the Red Wedding; it was worse. Because today the Boys in Blue walked on to the pitch and decided that they didn’t want to play. Maybe they had their minds […] READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: The Magic of David Villa

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EDITORIAL – David Villa did something magical last night. And no, I am not speaking about scoring his 400th goal for club and country. Although that was magical and I’ll get to that in a moment. No, last night, New York City FC got airtime in the late night news sports update. David Villa forced the […] READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: An Uninspired New York City FC Falls to Portland

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EDITORIAL (April 22, 2018) It’s a far fall when your wings of wax melt. In one of the best soccer venues in Major League Soccer, under bright spring sunshine, and on a horrible pitch — you will never get me to like or support FieldTurf — an uninspired New York City FC falls to Portland Timbers in a […] READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: NYCFC vs Atlanta United — A Rivalry of Equals

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EDITORIAL – There are two types of rivalries in sport. A rivalry of severe dislike, and a rivalry of equals. The first type is built on abject hatred and is usually geographically based. It is passed from generation to generation. It is eternal and unwavering. It doesn’t matter where either of the two teams is […] READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: NYCFC Keeps it Real in the Bronx

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NYCFC Keeps It Real in the Bronx: The Boys in Blue romped to a decisive victory Wednesday, defeating Real Salt Lake by a 4-0 scoreline and going three points clear in the MLS Supporters' Shield standings. READ MORE


The Man in Seat 9: The Top 5 MLS Foreign Born Signings

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Editorial – Being that this week is a bye week for the Boys in Blue, the Man in Seat 9 has decided to use his extra time to jump into the “Who are the most important MLS Foreign Born Signings” debate. To be clear, I am not in the Zlatan fan camp. Is he a great […] READ MORE


The Man In Seat 9: Quake-Proof New York City FC Win at Avaya Stadium

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Editorial (April 1, 2018) – For this away match, the Man in Seat 9 had decided to join The Third Rail at St. Pat’s Bar and Grill and continue the review of New York City FC’s Pub Partners. It was not to be. Having come down with a horrible spring cold I decided that discretion […] READ MORE