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


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


Fields of Gold: Final Thoughts on the 2017 Gold Cup

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Editorial (August 21, 2017) – During halftime of the U.S. Men’s National team’s match against El Salvador in the 2017 Gold Cup, I took a moment to look out from the press box. Not at the field I’d been studying all night, but out past the goal posts where the Philadelphia Eagles would soon play, […] READ MORE


Save it for Later: Toronto FC beat NYCFC

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The vitriol after Toronto FC beat New York City FC was instant, intense, and pretty all inclusive. Everyone came in for attack. Andrea Pirlo, Tommy McNamara, Patrick Vieira, Jack Harrison, me (yeah, that last one surprised me too). And if I have learned anything these 3+ years of writing about soccer (though it’s clear from […] READ MORE


Get Up, Stand Up: NYCFC beat the Chicago Fire

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Nine years before Manchester City Football Club was founded. A hundred years before the homeland of the owners of that esteemed club was formally established. And 143 years before the founding of New York City FC, a Prussian General by the name of Bernhard Graf von Moltke – the architect of the wars that ultimately […] READ MORE




OK, OK, What’s Next? A Look at NYCFC’s Next Five Matches

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As I write this, you’re celebrating the truths we hold to be self-evident. And RJ Allen, Jack Harrison and the rest of the team are enjoying the sites in lovely Vancouver ahead of their match with the Whitecaps tomorrow night. But fans should pause for a moment to acknowledge the historic level their team is […] READ MORE


What’s New?: NYCFC Beat the Red Bulls in Harrison

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To be fair, there were warning signs. Before NYCFC beat the New York Red Bulls, their fans confessed to me their concerns. Concerns? Because of their attacking abilities. “You have Bradley Wright Phillips” I pointed out. Yes, but who else? “Gonzalo Veron?” I offered. They shrugged. “Daniel Royer, who scored the winner ten days ago […] READ MORE