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Young Guns: NYCFC have the most youthful attack in MLS

The average age of NYCFC's starting forwards is 21.3 years.

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Last Saturday, New York City FC took the field with the youngest starting attack in MLS that weekend. Santiago Rodríguez (23), positioned as a False Nine, was flanked Talles Magno (20) on the left and Gabriel Pereira (21) on the right. They were electric, and combined for three goals and one assist: Not only was the NYCFC attack the most youthful to play that match day, they were among the most productive in the league.

They faced off against an FC Dallas starting attack that was the 20th-oldest to take the field that day: Jesús Jiménez (29), Jáder Obrian (27), and Paul Arriola (28) have an average age of 28. To go by conventional wisdom, players in their mid-to-late 20s are in their prime, but the Dallas attacking trio looked flat in comparison to the young guns at the other end of the field.

Not only did NYCFC win 3-1, the Dallas attack didn’t find the back of the net that night – the team’s late consolation goal was scored by defender José Martínez. Youth won the day in Queens. 

MLS Matchday 9
Average Age of Starting Attackers

TeamAvg AgeGoalsResult
2CF Montréal23.80W
3St. Louis City23.80D
4Charlotte FC24.01W
6Minnesota United24.30L
7Houston Dynamo24.50W
8Real Salt Lake24.83W
9Orlando City25.21L
10Atlanta United25.31W
11NE Revolution25.32W
12Philadelphia Union25.73W
13LA Galaxy25.81W
14SJ Earthquakes26.01L
15Austin FC26.20L
16FC Cincinnati26.72W
17Colorado Rapids26.80D
18Inter Miami27.30L
19Nashville SC27.81D
20FC Dallas28.00L
21Seattle Sounders28.11W
22Chicago Fire28.31L
23Columbus Crew28.30L
24NJ Red Bulls28.80L
25DC United29.32W
26Portland Timbers30.00L
27Toronto FC30.01L
28Sporting KC30.31L

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