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Talles Magno, Thiago make MLS “22 Under 22”

We take a look at NYCFC’s history with a list that is arbitrary does a good job handicapping young talent

Os brasileiros vão nos liderar

Héber, Talles Magno, Gabriel Pereira, and Thiago have more than enough attacking firepower to lead NYCFC to a second consecutive MLS title

The overhaul of NYCFC begins

With a group of core players approaching free agency, sporting director David Lee will soon face some difficult roster decisions.

Hot Take: Tayvon Gray is the future of NYCFC

The 19-year-old Homegrown is good, and getting better, and will become world-class

Shape-Shifter: How Nick Cushing’s tactics defeated Gerhard Struber’s press

New York City FC lined up in a 4-3-2-1 but beat the Red Bulls with a 3-5-2 formation that pulled apart the New Jersey defense

New England deserved another red card

Bruce Arena complained about the ref in New York City FC’s 4-2 win, but his undisciplined players were simply held accountable for their actions

Are NYCFC a pressing team?

New York City are known for the possession-based play, but the data show that when the Pigeons don’t have the ball they’re the most active pressing team in MLS

New York City FC midterm report card

Our expert writers sit down for a Roundtable discussion and grade NYCFC’s performance halfway through the 2022 season

Video: All 50 goals Taty Castellanos scored for NYCFC

The striker scored on his debut in 2018, and knocked in his 49th and 50th goals over the weekend

Justin Haak gets his chance

Injuries opened the door for the homegrown midfielder, but will he seize this opportunity?

It makes me want to dribble dribble

Talles Magno is one of the most elite dribblers in MLS: Will his finishing and passing also reach that level?

Where are they now? Grading New York City FC’s offseason moves

We check up on James Sands, Jesús Medina, Gudi Thorarrinson, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, and Tony Rocha

Keaton Parks and Recreation

The data show that the NYCFC midfielder is among the best in MLS, and deserves a shot at the USMNT

Plan Ahead: Three proposals to replace Taty Castellanos

Here is how NYCFC can fill the Taty-sized hole in the attack after the striker leaves for a bigger stage

NYCFC need more from the fullbacks

Injuries unsettled what had been consistently productive positions

Hot Take: We need Maxi in the back

Why one of the best No 10s in the history of MLS should be NYCFC’s new No 6

Let the kids play

The US Open Cup could showcase NYCFC’s next generation of midfielders

Gabriel Pereira dos Santos: Starter, or super-sub?

The understated 20-year-old has changed games coming off the bench since joining NYCFC in March for a reported $5.5 million fee

Ronny Deila: Maxi Moralez and Thiago Martins back in training with First Team

NYCFC manager expects San Jose game on Sunday to be aggressive: "We have to earn the right to play, and be tough inside the two boxes"

The end of the hangover

With the CONCACAF Champions League behind them, NYCFC can focus on being the best team in MLS

NYCFC bring the fight—but it’s not enough

New York City are knocked out of CONCACAF Champions League, Seattle Sounders advance on 4-2 aggregate

Roundtable: How NYCFC can beat Seattle Sounders

Hudson River Blue’s panel of writers map out what NYCFC need to do to overcome Seattle’s 3-1 goal advantage, advance to the CONCACAF Champions League Finals

What do we do about Héber?

Will the Pigeon’s No. 9 be a leading man once again?

Tactical Analysis: The case for playing three in the back

It hasn't always been pretty, but NYCFC need to trust the process

Game analysis: Overreactions to the LA Galaxy win

NYCFC just needs to fix the midfield, defense, and attack

Tactics Time: How To Win The Hudson River Derby

Can NYCFC knock off their biggest rivals on the road?

The Great Left Back Debate: Mata vs. Sweat

Vieira flipped the script by starting Sweat in the season opener. So, who will get the lion’s share of playing time at left back this season?

Tactics Time: How to break through against Sporting Kansas City

Can NYCFC start the year off with three points?

How Can the Boys in Blue Replace Mata?

Short Answer: They can’t. But there are alternatives NYCFC can utilize.

NYCFC Player Ratings, Week 3: Limited Impact

What did had to say about our Boys in Blue on a cold day in the Bronx?

NYCFC Player Ratings: Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Blues gave DCU the cold shoulder on Sunday. Let’s see how our boys fared on!

Week 1 NYCFC Player Ratings: Into the Lion’s Den

A new weekly series commenting on’s analytics


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