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Tactics, Formations, Analysis

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

Has Johansen Leapfrogged Saunders?

Vieira has not ruled out starting Johansen in the playoffs

Is the 5 Man Backline Our Secret Weapon?

In the last game of the season Vieira opened up a new option in his arsenal with a 5 man backline. Could this lineup be the key to playoff success?

Can Tommy McNamara Fill the Lampard Void?

With Lampard sidelined for the next month, it’ll be up to #McNamaradona to pick up the offensive slack.

Don’t Give up on Khiry Shelton Just Yet

The club’s first ever SuperDraft selection is not what many hoped he might be. But maybe he’s something else altogether.

Could Jack Harrison be the Key to Defeating the New York Red Bulls?

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack will get us a Derby win?

The 109ers

One midfield. Three men. Over a century of combined age. It shouldn't work in a tough, athletic league like MLS. But it's working.

"Better Call Saul" loves Vieira's 'WM' formation

Jimmy McGill isn't a typical lawyer, and Patrick Vieira isn't a typical manager. No wonder that the man who became Saul Goodman is a big fan of the 3-2-2-3 formation, a.k.a. the "WM."

NYCFC's Home Field Disadvantage

Is Yankee Stadium going to be a hindrance to NYCFC in 2016?

Is Federico Bravo the Key to Vieira's Formation?

Is Bravo a defensive midfielder or a center back? The answer could be both, and it could be the key to Vieira's tactical plans for the upcoming season.


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