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


Shannon Gomez: NYCFC Player to Watch

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In the Hudson River Derby, a familiar name appeared on New York City Football Club’s bench: Shannon Gomez. Gomez has not appeared for NYCFC in MLS, but has consistently been an unused sub since their first match against the Chicago Fire. He is currently with the club on a one-year loan from W Connection FC […] 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



This must be the place: The NYCFC Home Opener

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Last year, we were strangers. We’d seen them on the internet and on television from the peculiar purple confines of Orlando, and we’d tracked them for months, through press releases and rumour. The signing of David Villa. Of Frank Lampard. Of Mix. Of players we’d admired from the international stage, and of players we had […] 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


At Last: Finally Frank Lampard

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Before I get to Lampard’s debut, it is well to remember the famous article in The Onion in which Philadelphia Eagles’ fans, frustrated by their team’s slow start one September, reportedly give star quarterback Donovan McNabb “3 weeks to win the Super Bowl” (for international readers – the Super Bowl isn’t played until February. Hence […] READ MORE


Personal Jesus: Pirlo Plays

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Permit me a brief, if not unexpected, digression. Believe me, I’ll get to Pirlo in a second. On the last day of the trading deadline in 2004, the Boston Red Sox orchestrated a four-team deal that sent beloved icon Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs, and netted them, among other things, Colombian shortstop Orlando Cabrera […] READ MORE