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PREVIEW: New York City FC vs. CS Emelec

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It’s friendly time in Guayaquil! Well, almost, anyway. At 8:00pm ET tonight, our fair NYCFC will take on their gracious hosts, CS Emelec, in what has been confirmed to be a sold-out crowd at the Estadio Capwell.

Three professional trialists and four unsigned rookies will be available for selection alongside New York City’s new-look senior roster. Perhaps most exciting of all? Tonight marks the first time that fans will be able to catch a glimpse of new boys Sean Okoli, Miguel Camargo, Sean Johnson, and Alexander Callens.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to witness #3 overall SuperDraft pick Jonathan Lewis, currently with the United States Under-20s, and newly-signed midfielder Alexander Ring, who’s reportedly still dealing with some paperwork.

But we aren’t going to let that get us down. Hells to the no.

Emelec are 13-time domestic champs in Ecuador, and, unlike New York City FC, were created by an American! Yes indeed— industrialist George Capwell founded the club in 1929, naming it after the Empresa Eléctrica del Ecuador, a power company he managed.

(Capwell was was the team’s player-coach for the better part of two decades, which is pretty damn cool. We imagine that the only reason Patrick Vieira doesn’t do the same for NYCFC is pure humility.)

We suggest not caring about the scoreline tonight; we’re willing to bet that Emelec wins on the scoreboard. New York City has barely begun the tremendous task breaking in a ton of new talent. They’re the visitors. There are a ton of cobwebs to shake off. That doesn’t mean, of course, that this can’t be a thrilling affair for all those involved:

Expect tonight’s loudest cheers to be in favor of David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.

Expect Tommy McNamara to reveal that he doesn’t need to wear a captain’s armband due to one having been already tattooed on his immaculate upper arm.

Expect Kwame Awuah to die for our sins, only to be resurrected as an immortal being of pure energy.

The match will be streamed live on NYCFC.com this evening, with plenty of pub partners set to carry the action as well: the club is hosting an official event at Sabor Latino in Elmhurst, Queens (95-35 40th Road), while a number of other hot spots have some fun things in store for the match, according to the NYC12 supporters group’s Facebook page:

  • BANTER (132 Havemeyer Street, Broolyn)
  • BAR 43 (43-06 43rd St, Sunnyside, Queens)
  • RYAN’S DAUGHTER: (350 E. 85th Street, Manhattann)
  • SLATTERY’S (8 E. 36th Street #3, Manhattan)

What more do you need? Grab a seat, drink a local beverage, and support the Boys in Blue! We’ll be right here with ya.