New York City Football Club (NYCFC) starts its 2020 Major League Soccer season at Yankee Stadium with new head coach Ronny Deila.
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NYCFC 2019 Recap
2019 was NYCFC’s best season yet. It finished 1st in the MLS Eastern Conference and 2nd overall, but was eliminated from the MLS Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semi Final against Toronto FC. The club also made it to the U.S. Open Cup Quarter Finals.
NYCFC 2020 Outlook
Most of the strong 2019 team is back, but a new head coach makes the season impossible to predict.
New Head Coach
Head Coach Ronny Deila is from Norway. Manchester City is one of NYCFC’s owners. It’s unusual that NYCFC’s coach did not come out of the City system. Delia plays City’s style of possession football.
Deila was a defender for Odd and then coached Strømsgodset to Norwegian Cup and Norwegian League titles. He coached Celtic to Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup titles. Most recently, he coached Norwegian side Vålerenga since 2017.
Heber is a 28 year-old forward from Brazil. He made 18 goals and 4 assists for NYCFC in 2019. Heber started his career in Brazil at Figueirense, then moved to Armenia and Croatia where in 2017/18 he led Rijeka to the UEFA Europea League group stage.
Designated Player Maxi Moralez is an Argentine midfielder from Granadero, Baigorria, Argentina, who plays forward a lot. He made 7 goals and 20 assists for NYCFC in 2019.
Moralez started his career in Buenos Aires with Racing and helped Velez Sarsfield win two Argentine titles. Moralez played Italian Serie A for Atalanta, and then Club Leon from whom he joined NYCFC in 2017.
Moralez feeding up to Heber makes a potent double threat.
Romanian forward Alexandru Mitriță and Paraguayan midfielder Jesús Medina are the other designated players.
Starters are bolded.
- #9 Héber (Brazil)
- #28 Alexandru Mitriță (Romania) ~ Designated Player
- #10 Maximiliano Moralez (Argentina) ~ Designated Player
- #11 Valentín Castellanos (Argentina)
- #14 Juan Pablo Torres (USA)
- #15 Tony Rocha (Belize)
- #19 Jesús Medina (Paraguay) ~ Designated Player
- #6 Alexander Callens (Peru)
- #22 Rónald Matarrita (Costa Rica)
- #33 Sebastien Ibeagha (Nigerian-American)
- #13 Luis Barraza (USA)
Big Games in NYCFC’s 2020 Season
NYCFC’s rivalry is the Hudson River Derby with the New York Red Bulls. There should be good games against 2019 Supporters Shield winner Los Angeles, 2019 MLS Cup winner Seattle Sounders, and Toronto who knocked NYCFC out of the 2019 MLS Cup Semi-Finals.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 ~ NYCFC vs Dallas is at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx at 12:30pm. From $22
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ~ NYCFC vs Toronto FC is at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx at 7pm. From $17
Hudson River Derby Home
Sunday, May 31, 2020 ~ NYCFC vs NY Red Bulls is at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx at 3pm. From $29
Hudson River Derby Away
Sunday, August 23, 2020 ~ NY Red Bulls vs NYCFC is at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey (Newark) at 7pm.
Red Bull Arena is about a 30-minute train ride from Penn Station in New York City.
Saturday, September 26, 2020 ~ NYCFC vs D.C. United is NYCFC’s last regular season home game at Yankee Stadium in Concourse, The Bronx at 7pm.
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