Forty Shades of Blue: St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC

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BRONX, NY (March 23, 2018) – What can one learn from spending St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC? Perhaps everything. Perhaps nothing. Or perhaps forty things. Lets see. Forty Shades of Blue: St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC Nine points from three matches? Good lord. The team didn’t get nine points in its first season until late […] READ MORE


Feel It Still: NYCFC Home Opener 2018

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This is my fourth NYCFC Home Opener. For two of them I’ve been with the press, and for two I’ve been with the fans. Some of them have been cold. Some of them have been arctic. Some of them have been wins, some have been ties. All of them have involved some element of trepidation. […] READ MORE


Daydream Believer: A look back at NYCFC’s 2018 Season

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Editorial (March 10, 2018) – Every season starts with hope. Every season starts with a dream. A belief that maybe, just maybe, this is the year the team pulls it all together, the year the passes connect, the year the saves are made, the year the points are taken at the key moments. That this […] READ MORE



Seen and Not Seen: Do MLS Teams Have a Personality Disorder?

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It may be that I am too close to it. It may be that if I were in, say Seattle, or Toronto or Houston or Los Angeles I would have a different opinion. But in September, when I watched the final regular season Hudson River Derby of 2017, I found myself thinking about the natures […] READ MORE



Let us Now Praise Famous Men: Farewell to Andrea Pirlo

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I admit it. As much as I admired the man and his accomplishments, when the rumours began circulating that Il Maestro had been sighted in Manhattan, I was not amused. For what NYCFC needed in that first summer of its discontent – as it and much of MLS has always needed – was a strong […] READ MORE


All of This; And Nothing: NYCFC’s 2017 Season

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You’re heading up to the Bronx to watch the second leg of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and you’re thinking about NYCFC‘S 2017 season. So you take the long way. You sneak through the Holland Tunnel and emerge among cobblestones and then drive up through Manhattan. You take the West Side Highway so you can […] READ MORE



Big Time: A Look at NYCFC’s Playoff Opponents

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In its most basic terms, NYCFC win five games and they raise the MLS Cup. Simple as that. Sure, sure, you may say that technically they don’t need to beat everyone they play to advance, and yes, of course, that’s true. They could win on the road and then, ah, let’s not make this harder […] READ MORE