New York City FC 2016 Season Review

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From Last Word on Soccer, by Noah Sobel-Pressman When NYCFC came into the season, they were surrounded with question marks. How would Frank Lampard do after his disastrous first season with the club? How would the back line fare? Was the team getting too old? Was Jack Harrison worth trading for? And the most prevalent […] READ MORE


Who NYCFC Should Protect in the MLS Expansion Draft

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From Last Word on Soccer, by Noah Sobel-Pressman Minnesota United and Atlanta United will be joining MLS next year. The league has decided that an expansion draft will be held with modified rules from the draft NYCFC and Orlando City SC participated in. Who NYCFC Should Protect in the MLS Expansion Draft The Draft Rules […] READ MORE



This Year’s Model: NYCFC 2016 versus NYCFC 2015

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After the first four games of the season, 2016 New York City FC have exactly the same number of points that 2015 NYCFC had after their first four games. And they have exactly the same goal differential. So, after all the changes and promises and transfers and rumours, it’s fair to ask: how different is […] READ MORE


I’m On Fire: NYCFC v Chicago, part 1

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(Editorial) – There were songs. There were chants. There were tears and fears and the gnashing of teeth. The name of the referee, the city of Chicago and even the good Lord himself was taken in vain. There were television cameras and klieg lights and beer and wings and a mighty good craic at the […] READ MORE


What Does an MLS MVP Look Like

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What does an MLS MVP look like? Is he a dominant goal scorer? Is he someone who sets up his players to succeed? Or is he both? Or neither and is instead a net minder skilled in the art of shot blocking? This year’s MVP race can be a tight one if you think all […] READ MORE


Let Me Be Frank With You: NYCFC’s Starting XI with Lampard

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While watching NYCFC draw Houston on Saturday, it began to dawn on some in the stands that someone running around out there in a light blue kit is going to lose his job when a certain English midfielder shows up. But who? What might NYCFC’s Starting XI look like with Lampard on the pitch? Good […] READ MORE


To Have and Have Not: A new world football star for NYCFC?

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The loss to Real Salt Lake on May 23rd, especially on the heels of last week’s heroic draw against the Chicago Fire, has escalated panic amongst the NYCFC faithful to something approaching DEFCON 2. And now that the European season is winding down, the twitter feeds of every fan are awash in speculation, rumour, and […] READ MORE


Reasons to be Cheerful, Part One: The Upside of NYCFC

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It would be easy to simply complain about NYCFC’s loss on Sunday at Yankee Stadium to Seattle. All one would have to do is cut and paste the avalanche of sound, fury, and invective that lit up the twitterverse after the beat-down by Clint ‘Deuce’ Dempsey and Obafemi Martins. Ever tried, ever failed. No matter. […] READ MORE