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NYCFC Leagues Cup Preliminary Roster Released: 5 observations

Mounsef Bakrar, Christian McFarlane, four goalkeepers: We have a few observations to make about the 26-player roster.


The Leagues Cup preliminary 26-player rosters for all MLS and Liga MX teams, including New York City FC, are now available online. Below is the complete NYCFC Leagues Cup roster as of Tuesday, July 11.

Note that per Leagues Cup regulations, this is a preliminary roster that may be changed until midnight on Thursday, August 11. (More on that later.)

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Preliminary NYCFC Leagues Cup Roster


  • Luis Barraza
  • Matt Freese
  • Cody Mizell
  • Alexander Rando



  • Justin Haak
  • Andres Jasson
  • Richy Ledezma
  • Alfredo Morales
  • Keaton Parks
  • Santiago Rodríguez
  • James Sands


  • Mounsef Bakrar
  • Kevin O’Toole
  • Matías Pellegrini
  • Gabriel Pereira
  • Gabriel Segal
  • Talles Magno
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Some roster observations:

  1. New striker Mounsef Bakrar is on the roster, and like everybody else in the NYCFC fam we’re itching to get a look at him in action.
  2. New center-back Birk Risa, who signed with NYCFC earlier this week, isn’t on this preliminary roster but could still be added to the team in time for the Group Stage. According to tournament rules, the roster may be changed due to “injury, illness or new player acquisitions.” The changes might not be immediately apparent as “the rosters will be made public at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.”
  3. This squad is carrying four goalkeepers, including NYCFC II regular Alexander Rando. Will we see some rotation between the sticks?
  4. Wunderkind Christian McFarlane made the roster. NYCFC are careful about how they develop young talent, but the 16-year-old has been a regular with NYCFC II, and he might see some playing time in this tournament.
  5. Talles Magno is in the roster despite whispers that he might leave NYCFC soon.
Did we see the last of Talles Magno?