NYCFC Ranked #1 in Power Rankings by

NYCFC was Ranked #1 in Power Rankings by

Today NYCFC is ranked 1st in the MLS power rankings. Sam Jones says, A really good way to top the first Power Rankings of the year is to win MLS Cup. An even better way to do it is to win MLS Cup, keep most of your core together, re-sign playmaker Maxi Moralez on a team-friendly deal, address your biggest need by signing new DP center back Thiago Martins, and then seemingly hold onto last year’s Golden Boot presented by Audi winner, Taty Castellanos, at least until this summer. This group is good.

Some might object and say voters are basing too much on Audi MLS Cup Playoffs performance, and they’re just falling into the same trap they did last year with the Columbus Crew. To that, I point out how NYCFC finished fourth in the East standings. They played some of the league’s most visually attractive soccer at times, too.

We’ll see if they can put together a more consistent season in 2022 while balancing Concacaf Champions League, trophy hangover, high expectations for young attacking players and a looming deal for Taty. Even if they can’t find consistency throughout the season, their ceiling is still sky-high."

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