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Yankee Stadium extended baseball nets are apparently removable

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Key quote: "Beyond the dugout, netting will extend to Section 011 on the first-base side and Section 029 on the third-base side. The netting in these locations will rise to eight feet above the playing field (approximately 5.5 feet above the wall surrounding the field of play), and will remain in place from the start of batting practice through the end of the game. These sections of netting may be removed for soccer matches or other events held at Yankee Stadium." So the only sections that will have to deal with netting that they didn't have to last year are the ones behind the dugouts. The rest of the sections down both foul lines may not have to.

Josh Saunders traded to Orlando City SC for 2019 Fourth Round Pick in MLS SuperDraft

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Orlando City acquires goalkeeper Josh Saunders from New York City FC for fourth-round pick in 2019 draft (aka box of Cheerios)

— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 27, 2017

Reports link Danish midfielder Jeppe Andersen to New York City

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Two publications out of Denmark have picked up a story naming Esbjerg fB captain and former Danish U-21 Jeppe Andersen as a potential transfer target for our fair NYCFC. A central midfielder who can also cover either one of the wide positions in a pinch, Andersen is set to be out of contract this summer, and has reportedly drawn additional interest from Danish sides Brondby and Midtjylland. The player is quoted at BT.dk as being amenable to a New York City move if and when a formal offer is made. Valued at just over $300,000 by Transfermarkt, the 24 year old Andersen has two goals in seven league appearances this year, and is currently recovering from a knee injury that ought to hold him out until February.

Is this... IS THIS THE 2017 HOME KIT???

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A Christmas miracle? A Chinese knockoff? One of a series of tentative prototypes? Well, we don't know. But the mere fact that this image is a thing that exists -- plus the fact that it's Christmas -- is more than enough cause for us to speculate merrily! [h/t @Gio_Trombetta via The Twitters]

Crooks: Big NYCFC signing news coming soon?

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The WFAN radio commentator and Sirius XM host doesn't want you, the NYCFC fan, to feel Scrooged this Christmas. Let's not let Atlanta United have all the fun, shall we? Forget about Seattle while you're at it. We trust our man here-- may there be tidings of a designated player under the tree Sunday morning!

Vote Matarrita for 2016 CONCACAF Best XI!

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Ronald Matarrita is one of ten players in the running for a defender spot on the North American confederation's best XI of the year. A first-choice fullback for Costa Rica in addition to our dear NYCFC, Mata's big year has earned him rightful attention from a slew of potential European suitors, with reports linking him to Club Brugge, Hamburger SV, and Borussia Dortmund. It's time to support your mans-- cast your vote for Mata NOWRIGHTNOW!

Ronald Matarrita nominated for MLS Latino Player of the Year

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All hail Mata! NYCFC's Tico fullback is in the running for the honor alongside Seattle's Nicolas Lodeiro, Orlando City's Kaka, Diego Valeri of Portland, Joao Plata of Real Salt Lake, Montreal's Ignacio Piatti, and Gio Dos Santos of L.A. For our money, we should probably go with Piatti-- Mata is still coming into his own, after all. But we're actually quite biased: Matarrita all the way! End. Of. Story.

WATCH: Meet Sean Okoli

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Get to know the newest member of New York City FC, the former FC Cincinnati man who won 2016 Golden Boot and MVP honors in USL. He's a pacey attacking man with the physical tools to play as a proper center-forward. At just 23 years of age, he's still a few years away from his athletic prime, which ought to come as pretty good news for fans of a team that happens to feature David Villa at the top of the team sheet. Welcome to the Five Boroughs, Sean! (h/t NYCFC.com)

A Video Salute to Jason Hernandez

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Let's give due praise to a rugged defender, New York City born-and-raised, who made a profound impact on the first two years of NYCFC. Thank you, Jason! (H/T NYCFC.com)

MMM, FOOD: Cooking up gallo pinto with Ronald Matarrita

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Just because it's Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to stick to the script. How about some heavenly Tico rice and beans courtesy of the Matarrita family?