New York City FC recently traveled to Manchester to take advantage of the new state-of-the-art training facilities at the City Football Academy. Here's a recap of everything that went down during their 10 day visit.
Friday, February 6
The guys arrived at the CFA for their first training session after a red eye flight from New York.
Saturday, February 7:
After a morning training session, the team took in a game at the Etihad.
Is that the VIP section? I hope they brought binoculars.
Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Sebastian Velasquez, Ned Grabavoy, and Chris Wingert were welcomed onto the pitch at halftime for a quick interview.
Good time with the team watching @MCFC match at Etihad Stadium Disfrutando con el equipo viendo al Manchester City pic.twitter.com/BNybkEYt1e— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) February 7, 2015
A wonderful behind-the-scenes tour led by none other than Jeb "The Stache" Brovsky. This is a must watch if you haven't already.
Tuesday, February 10
It was finally game day and the first time that we watched the guys run out onto the pitch as a team. It turned out to be an entertaining and scrappy affair where everyone was hungry to play and prove that they had something to offer. After everything that has happened during the off season, it was finally time to let the playing do the talking. And after the 2-0 rout of St. Mirren, the boys in blue were ready for more.
So proud to score the first goal in the history of @NYCFC. Good job from the whole team. Let's keep working hard! pic.twitter.com/O06cd2aey8
— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) February 10, 2015
Great win tonight and great team effort! Thanks to all the fans who came out to support the team! God bless @NYCFC— Tony Taylor (@TTaylor777) February 10, 2015
Had so much fun in the game last night. #qualityWIN http://t.co/4RkjZJU71I— Matthew Dunn (@matthewdunnm) February 11, 2015
Great Performance By The Boys Tonite! Great To Get A Win! Just Gotta Build On It And Keep Working To Be Ready For The Season ⚽️ #NYCFC— SeBasTian VeLasQueZ (@TiaN_Futbol) February 10, 2015
Great team win and effort from all of the boys tonight! Thanks for all the love and support both here and back in NY! @NYCFC #appreciated— Khiry Shelton (@khiryshelton14) February 10, 2015
I am here. Like what I saw. I see guys willing to create for each other. The apple will grow now! #NYCFC— Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) February 10, 2015
Great stuff from all the boys in our 1st match! Clean sheet and a W. Thanks to all the fans who came out and watching back at home! @NYCFC— Jeb Brovsky (@JebBrovsky) February 10, 2015
Wednesday, February 11
Some of the guys traveled to the Britannia to watch Man City play a cold Wednesday night game in Stoke.
Here's the view that they had at the game in the City supporters end, courtesy of Patrick Mullins. It appears that Jeb and his stache, in the brown hat, were getting up close with the locals.
Thursday, February 12
Mix trains with the team for the first time!
I am happy to report that his hair was as magnificent and flowing as ever.
Friday, February 13
David Villa met Sergio Aguero...
Photos of @Guaje7Villa and @aguerosergiokun kicking it during fun skills competition. View: http://t.co/VCfCjgG3YZ pic.twitter.com/00ehRelzC0— New York City FC (@NYCFC) February 13, 2015
...and some local children.
Stars from @NYCFC, @MCWFC and @MCFC's EDS teamed up to support @citctweets at the CFA: http://t.co/14TYss2hde pic.twitter.com/eo75GnM9z9— CityintheCommunity (@citctweets) February 14, 2015
While Kwadwo Poku met his playing idol, Yaya Toure.
Sunday, February 15
New York City took on their biggest challenge of the preseason so far with a match against Danish side Brondby. The 0-2 final scoreline was not what anyone hoped for, but valuable lessons were undoubtedly learned by all.
Plenty of positives from the match today and the squad is really coming together. NYCFC fans should be excited,I know I am!#5boroughs1city— Jeb Brovsky (@JebBrovsky) February 15, 2015
Another game for us to keep on growing as a team and continue improving Partido para seguir creciendo como equipo pic.twitter.com/zOdYucG5k0— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) February 15, 2015
Had a great time in Manchester for preseason. Had many positives and still things we can work on. We… http://t.co/idGOlyfl9y— Tony Taylor (@TTaylor777) February 15, 2015
Not The Result We Wanted, But Lots Of Things We Can Learn From And Another Step Forward Towards The Start Of Our Season #NYCFC #Preseason— SeBasTian VeLasQueZ (@TiaN_Futbol) February 15, 2015
During that game, most of the players on trial got another run-out, and time will tell which of them might be joining the team for the season.
The four that we are aware of are Pablo Alvarez, Fran Martinez, Andre Rawls, and a new face that made an appearance in the Brondby game, goalkeeper Eirik Johansen. The Norwegian 22 year old is a Manchester City Academy product, and was apparently training with New York City since their arrival in England.
Also, is Shay Facey only training with the team for preseason, or is a loan to New York City in his future? If coach Jason Kreis likes what he has seen from the young defender, it is a possibility. Facey has recently spoken highly of Kreis and the team, and he would relish the chance to compete for first team minutes. We will just have to wait and see. In less positive news, we also learned that goalkeeper Ryan Meara did not make the trip to Manchester and would be out for about 6 weeks because of injury.
Now that the team has wrapped up training in England and are back home, the next stop is Charleston for the Carolina Challenge Cup. The first game New York City will play there is on Saturday against Orlando City.