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Maxime Chanot’s absence will tell us a lot about NYCFC

The Luxembourg international won’t be in Houston — and that will reveal much about NYCFC’s defensive depth chart, captaincy hierarchy

Matías Pellegrini showing early signs of rewarding NYCFC’s faith

Pellegrini put in his best NYCFC performance to date in the home opener and might now be Nick Cushing’s first choice on the left

What the return of James Sands will mean to NYCFC

The versatile midfielder will allow head coach Nick Cushing change the shape of the team and anchor an ideal Starting XI

Retaining Alexander Callens should be NYCFC’s top priority

Why David Lee should do all he can to retain the Peruvian, even if it means saying goodbye to team captain Sean Johnson.

New York City FC final grades

Our expert writers sit down for a Roundtable discussion and go over the year-end report card for NYCFC’s 2022 season

Farewell to Anton Tinnerholm, NYCFC’s rock at right back

The Tinnerboom was one of the best fullbacks in MLS; his return to Sweden leaves NYCFC with a big hole to fill

Cushing, Callens, Parks and the shape of things

Will NYCFC’s new formation hold up against one of the most direct, intense teams in MLS?

Nicolás Acevedo is NYCFC’s unsung hero

He’s least flashy of the team’s young South Americans, but his contributions have been critical to New York City’s recent success

Nick Cushing wins the Quickfire Challenge

The interim head coach pieced together NYCFC’S biggest wins of the year using only the ingredients he found in the locker room

Sean Johnson: The best goalkeeper in the playoffs is underestimated again

The NYCFC captain made a season-high seven saves in New York City's upset win over CF Montréal, but MLS pundits can't be bothered to take note

Set pieces are key for NYCFC’s playoff run

New York City’s return to form owes much to goals scored from set pieces

NYCFC are among the elite in MLS

New York City logged another strong regular season despite a 10-game stumble, and continue to rank as one of the best MLS teams of all time

How a back three liberates NYCFC’s attack

Nick Cushing found this squad’s best Starting XI by switching to a 3-4-3

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"


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