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)
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)
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?
T-Mac's long-range bangers. Villa's virtuosic verve. Lampard's rugged riffs. Crouching Khirys and Hidden Harrisons. The Bronx Blues, who led MLS with 62 regular season goals, racked up so many tallies that even Jefferson Mena managed to hit one. Sit back. Grab a cold beverage. Witness the fitness. (H/T NYCFC.com)
Conditional, mitigated pain is still pain. (h/t NYCFC.com)
In ESPNFC's roundup of Andrea Pirlo's recent remarks to Spain's Marca Plus, il Maestro is noted to have expressed superlative admiration for Pep Guardiola, who was interested in signing him from AC Milan in 2010: "How did I feel when he wanted to sign me? How could you not want to go there?" Pirlo said. "We were facing [Barcelona in the preseason] and he told me he wanted me in the team. He met me in his office after the game, we spoke for a long time." (h/t Marca + ESPNFC)
Apologies to Dominic Oduro! Jack Harrison has a chance to nail down a top honor previously held by Brian McBride, Carlos Ruiz, Landon Donovan, and Cuauhtémoc Blanco. You don't get an "I VOTED" sticker for casting your ballot for the New York City FC star man. But you know what you have to do: our democracy depends on it.
Today, Major League Soccer announced an undisclosed fine against NYCFC fullback Diego Martinez. An initial allegation was made that Martinez had uttered a homophobic slur at a ballboy during last weekend's 3-1 loss to DC United at RFK Stadium. The league's subsequent investigation could not corroborate that Martinez's words were homophobic in nature. MLSSoccer.com frames the language as "obscene." Learn from this, Diego.
We can dream, can't we? Yes, we can. Andres Iniesta's contract goes through 2018, by which time Frank Lampard and presumably Andrea Pirlo will have moved on or retired. Villa, who turns 36 that year, could find a new spring in his step backed up by the brilliant Iniesta, who could slide right into one of those midfield spots currently taken up by Dank Frank and the Maestro. You know, unless Messi wants to play the ten instead. (h/t NYCFC Nation)
As he related to Sky Italia, Il Maestro had nothing but good things to say about the American version of the Beautiful Game. "Football is on the ascendancy here and I decided to come and play a part of it. I love the style of sport in America. Here you come to the stadium with your family and the victory comes second. What counts first and foremost is the sense of people coming together," he said, as translated by ESPNFC.