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2023 NYCFC Player Preview Hub

We analyze every player on the NYCFC Senior Team roster, and look at a squad undergoing the biggest rebuild in club history.


Welcome to Hudson River Blue’s 2023 NYCFC Player Preview Hub. Here’s how it works: We’ll add a new player preview every weekday morning at 7 am ET to our homepage, and all of the profiles will be compiled here at this hub. Be sure to check back every day

  • March 4, 2023 
    Player Preview: Santiago Rodríguez, by Andrew Leigh
    He’s back as a Designated Player and now faces the burden of replacing Maxi Moralez as the creative center of NYCFC’s attack

  • March 2, 2023
    Player Preview: James Sands, by Andrew Leigh
    After a rocky loan spell in Scotland, NYCFC’s first-ever Homegrown player is back in MLS hoping for consistent game time, and to rediscover his breakout 2021 form.

  • February 15, 2023
    Player Preview: Andres Jasson, by Noah Kassell Yung
    The 21-year-old winger will need to become more physical if he is to cement a rotational spot in the NYCFC Senior Team

  • February 14, 2023
    Player Preview: Gabriel Segal, by Calvin Daniel
    The 21-year-old made the leap from college to professional football last year, but will a forward with zero goals and one assist in the German fourth division see playing time with the Senior Team?

  • February 13, 2023
    Player Preview: Alfredo Morales, by Derian Trahan
    The 32-year-old will bring a veteran’s intelligence to the role of deep-lying playmaker, but Alfredo won’t be afraid-o to do the dirty work and be the enforcer when necessary

  • February 10, 2023
    Player Preview: Chris Gloster, by Oliver Strand 
    The 22-year-old was left off the preseason roster, and he could find there’s no room for him on the NYCFC Senior Team this year

  • February 9, 2023
    Player Preview: Braian Cufré, by Andrew Leigh
    The loaned-in Argentinian fullback arrives looking for playing time and to solidify NYCFC’s left side, though he faces ample competition for minutes

  • February 8, 2023
    Player Preview: Mitja Ilenič, by Oliver Strand
    The 18-year-old right-back oozes confidence — playing the full 90 minutes in a historic upset win over an England squad that featured Emile Smith Rowe, Curtis Jones, and Folarin Balogun can do that

  • February 6, 2023
    Player Preview: Maxime Chanot, by Calvin Daniel
    NYCFC’s elder statesmen will see a lot of playing time now that Alex Callens is gone

  • February 3, 2023
    Player Preview: Justin Haak, by Calvin Daniel
    The Homegrown earned a promotion to the Senior Team halfway through last season – is this the year he locks down a spot in the Starting XI?

  • February 2, 2023
    Player Preview: Malte Amundsen, by Derian Trahan
    The left-back is solid defensively, but needs to work on his attacking support if he’s going to be a regular starter

  • February 1, 2023 
    Player Preview: Luis Barraza, by Noah Kassell Yung
    The 26-year-old goalkeeper is the heir apparent to the starting role at NYCFC

  • January 31, 2023 
    Player Preview: Maximo Carrizo, by Andrew Leigh
    The sky is the limit for the youngest-ever player to sign an MLS contract, but is he ready to make the leap to the Senior Team at age 15?

  • January 30, 2023
    Player Preview: Matt Freese, by Joe Lister
    After spending four years as the backup to Philadelphia Union star goalkeeper Andre Blake, the 24-year-old made the move to NYCFC to seek more playing time — and compete for the starting role

  • January 27, 2023
    Player Preview: Gabriel Pereira, by Andrew Leigh
    The Brazilian winger enjoyed a strong debut season and could be poised for even bigger things as part of a remade NYCFC attack.

  • January 26, 2023
    Player Preview: Tony Alfaro, by Oliver Strand
    The central defender will be a crucial depth piece in a defensive line that’s reeling from Alex Callens decamping to Girona FC

  • January 25, 2023
    Player Preview: Matías Pellegrini, by Oliver Strand
     The 22-year-old logged only 70 minutes after joining NYCFC in August, but we’re getting the good feels that this could be a breakout year for the Argentine winger

  • January 24, 2023
    Player Preview: Kevin O’Toole, by John Baney
    A surprise starter in the final seven games of the 2022 season, will the wingback from Princeton get more minutes this year?

  • January 23, 2023
    Player Preview: Thiago, by Derian Trahan
    This is the year for the winger to step up and become the attacking menace we know he can be

  • January 20, 2023
    Player Preview: Talles Magno, by John Baney
    The 20-year-old superstar-in-the-making has all the ingredients for the breakout season that NYCFC will need from him

  • January 19, 2023
    Player Preview: Keaton Parks, by Derian Trahan
    After missing much of last season after undergoing blood clot surgery for the second time, will Keaton once again become the complete player we know him to be?

  • January 18, 2023
    Player Preview: Samuel “Kwaku” Owusu, by Noah Kassell Yung
    The talented central defender will continue to anchor the NYCFC II back line, and might see limited minutes with the Senior Team

  • January 17, 2023
    Player Preview: Thiago Martins, by Andrew Leigh
    The Designated Player needs to improve on a rocky 2022 and become the foundation of NYCFC’s defense.