NYCFCs third game of the 2019 is against Los Angeles FC. The 2018 Expansion Side will pay visit to the condensed and cold home of Yankee Stadium here in the north east. NYCFC have come off back to back ties against Orlando and DC, drawing these games 2-2 and 1-1 respectively. LAFC on the other hand maintain a 100% record following a hard fought win against Sporting KC, who finished first in the West in 2018, and are the last standing American team in the CONCACAF Champions League. The other game was against 2018 MLS Cup finalists Portland, whom LAFC rather easily defeated 4-1.
Alex Mitrita-This skillful winger is already looking to be a peach of a signing. He creates chances out of nothing, and when he gets that first goal, he'll unleash hell onto the rest of MLS. Mitrita is somewhat what NYCFC need after losing a player like Villa and is on the right track to being a fan favorite with the team.
Sean Johnson-Following a great performance against DC United and a USMNT call up for the second straight international break, Johnson must be on top of the world right now. The very commanding goal keeper needs at least a similar performance to that of last week if NYCFC want a decent result. Going up against a stacked front line, Johnson and the back four need a huge performance.
The Back Four: This is cheating a bit, but NYCFCs back line needs to be disciplined ahead of Sundays game. The Callens-Chanot partnership has proven to be mostly reliable, Tinnerholm was one of the most productive fullbacks last season and has good experience with Malmo in Sweden, and whoever fills in the left back position (Most likely Sweat) will need to step up in their game. Over the offseason, there were good signs of a team that was defensively organized and worked a good offside trap. The back four need to be aggressive yet disciplined with the potential attacking options of Vela, Ramirez, Diomande, Nguyen and Rossi to name a few.
Carlos Vela-The Mexican winger is coming off a great game against Portland, where he notched a goal and two assists. Carlos Vela will be looking to add onto that this coming Sunday against NYCFC.
Adama Diomande-Diomande has scored in both games for LA so far in 2019, and has scored 14 goals in 21 appearances. This is a man who will be a threat, especially off the bench.
Lee Nguyen-This playmaker had a very good record against NYCFC while he was with New England. Nguyen scored three goals and got one assist in about eight appearances against NYCFC. He could be the key that unlocks NYCFC this Sunday assuming he plays.
Keys to the Match:
NYCFC need good organization defensively and need to be a lot more clinical going forward.
The defense needs to have a really good performance against a very talented LAFC front line.
Sean Johnson needs to repeat the performance from last week.
LAFC is another team who NYCFC will play against a team who had high expectations by many ahead of this season and have proven their worth against strong Western Conference opponents.
Let's see what happens in New York City vs. Los Angeles, East vs. West, it's going to be a good game for sure.
NYCFC come off an extremely physical game against DC United. The score was split even at 0-0 following a game that saw great goal keeping from both Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson.
Despite starting off the first fifteen minutes a bit slowly, NYCFC picked up the pace a grew into the game as time past. NYCFC picked up the pace, and forced Hamid into great saves. On the other end, Johnson showed his quality as he made three or four good saves from close range. Overall, NYCFC showed mostly good signs. There was a solid intensity, the defense looked solid, Johnson was inform, Ring is understanding his position, Sands is getting more and more comfortable, Mitrita looks good, Castellanos did a lot of good work off the ball, but Medina didn't do anything. NYCFC proved they still lack a striker, but looked somewhat comfortable throughout the game.
If New York City play like this, I don't see why they can't get into double figures for wins at Yankee Stadium for a third season running. NYCFC made a very motivated and well drilled DC team uncomfortable at times and NYC created lots of chances, but showed signs from points last season that NYCFC do not have a guy who can finish those chances. As long as NYCFC can find a true striker and start Tajouri-Shradi, I don't have any immediate worries going forward. We just need to get a good gap between ourselves and an out of form Atlanta team and stay as close to 1st in the East as we can.
The 2019 Major League Soccer season is upon us as the league has gone through another offseason filled with marquee signings. With the product improving year and years, more clubs have expanded their wallet in order to get top signings. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of them:
Gonzalo “ Pity “ Martinez - Atlanta United
The reigning MLS Cup Champions lost their best player, Miguel Almiron to Newcastle United on a record-breaking deal but responded quickly by signing the Argentinan. Martinez gained a lot of buzz in South America while playing for River Place as one of the best players the region has to offer. Under new Atlanta boss Frank de Bour, Pity is set to make some fireworks alongside Golden Boot winner Josef Martinez and other very talented pieces such as Ezequiel Barco, Darlington Nagbe and Hector Villalba.
Nani - Orlando City
Orlando City has been at the bottom of the league pyramid even since their arrival back in 2015 but that might change with them signing the 32-year-old Portuguese international, their biggest addition since signing Brazilian legend Kaka. The former Manchester United winger joins the Lions a brief stint at Sporting Lisbon. Nani still showed he still had something left in the tank during his time in his home country, picking up seven goals in 16 league appearances. If he can still contribute at his age, the Lions have a chance of being competitive following an absolutely abysmal 2018 season.
Alexandru Mitriță - NYCFC
Following the departure of David Villa, New York had to get their replacement for the Spaniard down. They did that by signing Mitriță from Universitatea Craiova. The winger had the Romanian League on watch, scoring 22 league goals in just two seasons. Although Romania does not have the best of leagues, the 24-year-old has shown he can put the ball in the back of the net. With high expectations on his shoulders, Mitriță will be key for the blue side of NYC to make a deep run come postseason.
Marco Fabian - Philadelphia Union
After the Union made the playoffs, they had one major problem they had to address in the winter: Finding a replacement for Borek Dockal. Philly got their new #10 by signing long-time Mexico National Team player Marco Fabian. Fabian has shown to be a good player but has had his fair share of injuries over the years. If he can stay healthy this season, the Union could be an under-the-radar playoff team if they make it.
New york city fc kick off their 2019 season in orlando for the third time in five years, and here are the keys to the match.