The time is almost here! In just three days, New York City FC officially kick off their 2020 campaign in their first CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Costa Rican champions AD San Carlos on the road. And right around this time is usually when clubs start announcing their provisional rosters for the tournament.
The CCL’s roster rules are pretty lenient in comparison to its European counterpart, as well as domestic MLS regulations. How it works is that a team can have a roster of up to 35 players and a minimum of 18. That’s pretty much it.
Currently, NYCFC have 21 players listed for the tournament. They are as follows:
Obviously, there are some notable absences here. Offseason acquisition Gedion Zelalem and newest Homegrown signing Tayvon Gray have been curiously omitted from the team’s initial CCL roster, as has newest signing Gudmundur Thórarinsson. The same can also be said for Homegrown player Joe Scally.
CCL rules state that a roster can be added to up to 48 hours before each kickoff, so it’s very possible that NYCFC decided to travel light to Costa Rica for the game on February 20 and add more players upon their “home” fixture at RBA on February 26. But there is still a day left until the deadline, so that could also be considered tentative.
The good news is that NYCFC’s 2019 lineup will all be present in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica in three days. Let’s just hope that the preseason has gotten them all match fit.