Category: New York City FC

Villa at the double as New York bounce back in MLS

New York (AFP) – David Villa scored twice as New York City FC bounced back from their opening weekend defeat with a 4-0 rout of DC United in Major League Soccer on Sunday. Former Spain and Barcelona star Villa scored once and created another in a dominant first-half display as New York responded to last week’s disappointing loss to Orlando City FC in emphatic fashion.  New York took the lead after only eight minutes when Rodney Wallace volleyed home from close range after Jack Harrison’s curling effort from 25 yards crashed back off the bar.  Wallace then turned provider in ... Read more

David Villa named MLS player of the year

New York (AFP) – Former Spain striker David Villa was named as Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player on Tuesday in recognition of a prolific season which helped transform New York City FC’s fortunes. The Spanish World Cup winner’s goals helped take New York, who finished 17th in their inaugural season, to the club’s first appearance in the playoffs. Villa, 35, scored 23 goals — the second highest tally in the league — and contributed four assists. The former Barcelona star has been the highest scorer in the MLS over the past two seasons along with Bradley Wright-Phillips, with a ... Read more

Ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard to leave New York City

New York (AFP) – Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard will leave Major League Soccer’s New York City FC once his contract expires at the end of the year, the team announced Monday. The 38-year-old English midfielder was signed by the North American league expansion squad in 2014 and scored 15 goals in 31 appearances. He netted the team’s first-ever hat trick against the Colorado Rapids and helped NYCFC reach the playoffs for the first time. “As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have ... Read more

MLS finals preview: New York teams trying to overcome deficit

The second legs of the MLS Cup conference semi-finals are set to take place this weekend, with a number of exciting fixtures becoming do-or-die for the title hopefuls. With reigning champions Portland Timbers not making the cut, 2016 will throw up a new competition winner from the remaining eight teams. New York Red Bulls are one of the favurites according to the latest MLS betting odds, but Jesse Marsch’s men have work to do after losing the first leg of their semi 1-0 to Montreal Impact. The New Jersey outfit finished top of the Eastern Conference in the regular campaign ... Read more

David Villa passes MLS 20-goal mark with brace

Los Angeles (AFP) – David Villa scored twice to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over the Dynamo in Houston on Friday and into first place in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference. City are now two points ahead of the Toronto FC, with the top two clubs in each conference to go straight into the MLS Cup playoff semi-finals. Villa notched his 20th goal of the season in the 52nd minute, receiving the ball from a corner kick from Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, making space and smashing a short angled shot into the net. The Spanish ... Read more

Lampard limps off as City draw 2-2 with FC Dallas

New York (AFP) – Former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard limped out of New York City FC’s 2-2 MLS draw with FC Dallas with an apparent left calf injury. With the playoffs four weeks away it could be a serious blow for City and Lampard, who missed the first 12 matches of the season with an injury to the same leg but has become an increasingly influential force for a club challenging Toronto FC for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Lampard, who has a dozen goals in 15 matches, exited in the 41st minute and returned ... Read more

Lampard at the double sends City top

New York (AFP) – Frank Lampard scored two goals in the closing minutes as New York City F.C. defeated D.C. United 3-2 to claim the top spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. The former Chelsea and England star stroked home the winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time to seal a dramatic win for City at Yankee Stadium. The victory saw the big-spending New York club move to the top of the division with 44 points, one point clear of Toronto F.C. Lampard, an increasingly influential figure for City after an injury-plagued start to his MLS career, ... Read more

Lampard strikes as New York City FC top Montreal in MLS

Montreal (AFP) – Thomas McNamara set up first-half goals by David Villa and Jack Harrison, and Frank Lampard delivered the killing blow in New York City FC’s 3-1 Major League Soccer victory over the Montreal Impact. Spain’s Villa on Sunday opened the scoring with his MLS-leading 12th goal in the 35th minute. Right before the first half, in extra time, Harrison made it 2-0 for the visitors, with an intricate crossover dribble followed by a left-footed shot inside the left post. Montreal were without suspended star midfielder Ignacio Piatti, who was sidelined by MLS for a two-footed tackle from behind against ... Read more