NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

There was little separating Toronto FC and New York City FC during the Major League Soccer regular season.

The teams played twice and drew twice -- 2-2 at Yankee Stadium on March 13 and 1-1 at BMO Field on May 18.

A winner must emerge in their two-game Eastern Conference semifinal that opens in Toronto on Sunday and concludes Nov. 6 in New York.

NYCFC (15-10-9) finished one point ahead of TFC (14-9-11) in the standings, which meant Toronto had to play the Philadelphia Union Wednesday to advance to the next round. TFC won 3-1 at BMO Field.

"Both teams have a lot of guys who can make you pay if you make mistakes," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "To me that's the allure of this game."

New York's designated players are David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, while Toronto has Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore.

"It sets up for a wonderful spectacle, if you will, for the league," Vanney said.

New York led MLS in goals scored (62) but was 17th in goals allowed (57). Toronto was seventh in goals (51) and tied for second in goals against (39). >> Read more at SNY.tv...

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Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium. Montreal defeated New York 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium. Montreal defeated New York 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

Dominic Oduro's goal midway through the second half lifted the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 draw with New York City FC on Saturday.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) attempts a corner kick against D.C. United during the first half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) attempts a corner kick against D.C. United during the first half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Coming off one of its most impressive wins in club history, New York City FC will look to double its home success Saturday against a Montreal Impact team it has dominated over the teams' brief history.

Despite failing to reach the playoffs in its first two MLS seasons, New York City (1-1-0) is 3-1-1 all-time against the Impact, and undefeated (2-0-1) at Yankee Stadium.

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New York City FC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez is congratulated by forward David Villa after scoring a goal against the D.C. United during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez is congratulated by forward David Villa after scoring a goal against the D.C. United during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

David Villa scored two goals and NYCFC newcomers Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez added one each in a 4-0 victory that overshadowed the MLS debut of 2016 Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes for D.C. United on Sunday.

Neither team scored in its opener last week but NYCFC (1-1-0) got off to a quick start with Wallace firing in the rebound of Jack Harrison's shot off the crossbar in the eighth minute.

Wallace, who played four seasons with the Portland Timbers but spent last season in Portugal and Brazil, sent a cross to Villa, who headed it into the left-hand corner in the 28th.

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Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin scores a goal in the first half as New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita defends at Orlando City Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin scores a goal in the first half as New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita defends at Orlando City Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports)

Cyle Larin scored the first goal at the new Orlando City Stadium, Joe Bendik had seven saves and Orlando City beat New York City FC 1-0 on Sunday night in the season opener for both teams.

Larin, who scored an MLS rookie-record 17 goals in 2015, has 32 goals in 54 career games.

Larin slipped header between goalkeeper Sean Johnson and the right post in the 15th minute. Giles Barnes, who was acquired in February from Vancouver and led Houston in scoring in 2013 and 2014, perfectly placed a cross from the top-left of the box and Larin put it away.

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Bruce Arena (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports Images)

The United States' World Cup qualifiers in June have been moved up slightly because of Mexico's participation in the Confederations Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Tuesday that the Americans' home game against Trinidad and Tobago will be played June 8, a day earlier than first scheduled. The Americans' match at Mexico will be played June 11, two days ahead of the original date.

Mexico plays its Confederations Cup opener against Portugal on June 18 in Kazan, Russia.

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(Joseph Maiorana)

Jurgen Klinsmann is out as coach of the U.S. soccer team.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Klinsmann has been "relieved of his duties" as coach and technical director for U.S. Soccer. Gulati will conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday.

Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in July 2011 and led the team to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and the second round of the 2014 World Cup, where the Americans lost to Belgium in extra time.

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New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita lies on the ground after his teams loss against the Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita lies on the ground after his teams loss against the Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

NYCFC was eliminated from the MLS playoffs after losing to Toronto FC, 5-0, on Sunday.

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David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

New York City FC needs to find goals with its MLS Cup playoff hopes hanging in the balance, and there's no better place to overhaul a two-goal deficit than at home.

New York hosts Toronto FC in the second leg of the Eastern Conference semi on Sunday, with Toronto holding a 2-0 lead after the first leg in Toronto. That leaves NYCFC with no choice but to go on the attack if it has any hope of advancing.

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Referee Silviu Petrescu is surrounded by players after booking New York City FC forward Steven Mendoza for a foul on Toronto FC forward Armando Cooper at BMO Field. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)
Referee Silviu Petrescu is surrounded by players after booking New York City FC forward Steven Mendoza for a foul on Toronto FC forward Armando Cooper at BMO Field. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports Images)

Jozy Altidore scored in the 84th minute to break a feisty stalemate and substitute Tosaint Ricketts added a stoppage-time goal to give Toronto FC a 2-0 victory over New York City FC on Sunday night in Game 1 of the MLS Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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New York City FC forward Stiven Mendoza (9) celebrates with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) after his goal during the first half Sunday. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward Stiven Mendoza (9) celebrates with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) after his goal during the first half Sunday. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

NYCFC defeats Columbus 4-1 in its final MLS regular season game of the season.

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New York City FC players pose for a photo before the match against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC players pose for a photo before the match against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)

For New York City FC it's simple: defeat Columbus Crew SC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium in the regular season finale and secure second in the Eastern Conference and a bye into its first postseason appearance."I think what is really important is to put our focus on Columbus because it's important for us to finish second, so I don't think about the playoffs yet," NYC coach Patrick Vieira told the team's website.

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D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins, left, scored the first goal of the match. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins, left, scored the first goal of the match. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and D.C. United clinched a third consecutive MLS Cup playoff appearance with a 3-1 victory over New York City FC on Sunday.

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NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

It's win and get in for D.C. United in their match Sunday against David Villa and New York City FC, the only team to beat D.C. since late July.United is among the league's hottest teams since the July acquisitions of forward Patrick Mullins and winger Lloyd Sam, having won their last three matches while going unbeaten in their last five.

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New York City FC forward David Villa (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. (Troy Taormina)
New York City FC forward David Villa (7) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. (Troy Taormina)

David Villa scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season and New York City FC beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Friday night to take the Eastern Conference lead.

Jack Harrison played the corner short to Andrea Pirlo in the 52nd minute. Villa blocked Pirlo's cross toward the goal line and followed it for a narrow-angle finish through the legs of Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis.

Villa nearly added a second in the 58th minute with a bending shot off the post. He completed the task in the 91st with a rising blast from the top of the box that moved him ahead of Bradley Wright-Phillips in the MLS Golden Boot race.

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NYCFC celebrates after defeating D.C. United 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC celebrates after defeating D.C. United 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Jefferson Mena and David Villa scored a minute apart before the game was 10 minutes old and New York City FC clinched a playoff berth with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Friday night.

Khiry Shelton assisted on both goals as NYCFC (13-9-9) ran its home unbeaten streak to seven games.

Mena got his first goal for NYCFC in the 8th minute on a play that started off a corner kick before Ronald Matarrita sent a long ball toward the right post that Shelton headed out front for Mena to punch it in. Moments later Shelton sent a short pass to his left and Villa dribbled inside the 18 before finding the bottom right corner.

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NYCFC's Thomas McNamara (15) celebrates his goal in the eighth minute with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
NYCFC's Thomas McNamara (15) celebrates his goal in the eighth minute with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

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Khiry Shelton scored in the 78th minute to give NYCFC a 2-2 tie with Dallas in an MLS game Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC is 12-8-10; Dallas is 15-6-9.

 


NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC forward David Villa (7) is congratulated by midfielder Andrea Pirio (21) after scoring a goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

One of the most anticipated matchups of the MLS season takes place Saturday at Yankee Stadium, where New York City FC puts a five-match home streak on the line against U.S. Open Cut titlist FC Dallas.

FC Dallas enters the match atop the Western Conference with a 15-6-8 record and plus-8 goal difference ahead of second-place Los Angeles (11-14-4).

New York City FC is in third in the Eastern Conference at 12-8-9. It is tied on points with the second-place New York Red Bulls with 44 but its goal differential at minus-1 is well behind the Red Bulls (plus-12).

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New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) makes a save on a New England Revolution shot during the first half at Gillette Stadium.  (Stew Milne (USA Today))
New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) makes a save on a New England Revolution shot during the first half at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne (USA Today))

Diego Fagundez had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat New York City FC 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Revolution (8-12-9) have won two straight to close within a point of Orlando City for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

NYCFC (12-9-8) had just moved back atop the Eastern Conference standings with its victory over D.C. United last week.

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NYCFC celebrates after defeating D.C. United 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC celebrates after defeating D.C. United 3-2 at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

New York City FC, Major League Soccer's most explosive team, will look to extend their lead in the Eastern Conference when they meet the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Saturday.

New York City (12-8-8) leads the league with 48 goals and holds a narrow lead over the Red Bulls and Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference with 44 points, one point ahead of the aforementioned clubs.

The NYCFC attack is spurred by forward David Villa (17 goals) and midfielder Frank Lampard (11 goals), the reigning MLS Player of the Week.

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(Andy Marlin)

Frank Lampard was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 26 of the MLS season.

Lampard scored twice in NYCFC's 3-2 win over D.C. United, including the game-winner in stoppage time.

Lampard got on the board with a goal to give NYCFC a 2-1 lead in the 85th minute. After D.C. tied it up, Lampard put in a left-footed shot in stoppage time for the win.

The midfieilder has 11 tallies in his last 13 matches as NYCFC is riding a five-game home win streak.

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NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (7) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)
NYCFC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas (7) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin)

Frank Lampard scored his second goal of the match three minutes into stoppage time to give New York City FC a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Thursday night.

Lampard took a pass from Khiry Shelton at the top of the area, faked a defender and goalkeeper Bill Hamid with the right, and slammed it home with the left. NYC improved to 12-8-8.

United (7-9-11) led 1-0 late, but NYC's David Villa scored in the 79th minute thanks to a crucial mistake by United defender Sean Franklin, whose back-pass fed Villa on a clean breakaway. In the 85th minute, after a physical scramble in the corner for a loose ball, Shelton pushed it to the center of the box. Villa tapped it to Lampard before getting hauled down, and Lampard buried it for the go-ahead.

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D.C. United midfielder Julian Buscher (33) pulls on New York City FC forward David Villa (7) jersey as he dribbles past him during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. New York City FC defeated D.C. United 2-0. (Tommy Gilligan)
D.C. United midfielder Julian Buscher (33) pulls on New York City FC forward David Villa (7) jersey as he dribbles past him during the second half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. New York City FC defeated D.C. United 2-0. (Tommy Gilligan)

D.C. United might be playing its best soccer of the season as it fights for a spot in the playoffs, with the latest challenge coming Thursday when it travels to Yankee Stadium for a crucial match with New York City FC.

D.C United comes into the match on a six-game undefeated streak that was punctuated with a 6-2 victory on Aug. 27 at home over Chicago behind a Patrick Mullins' first professional hat trick and three-assist performance from Luciano Acosta.

D.C. United (7-8-11, 32 points in 26 matches) is a point ahead of Orlando City SC for the sixth and final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.

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New York City FC forward David Villa works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC forward David Villa works out prior to the game against the Orlando City SC at Camping World Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Kaka scored a goal in each half and Orlando City beat New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday night in a matchup of 2015 expansion teams.

Kaka gave Orlando City (6-7-13) the lead for good in the 63rd minute when he converted on a penalty he drew after the City defenders brought him down in the area.

Orlando City moved a point behind D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

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David Villa, who scored in the sixth minutes, dribbles against Los Angeles midfielder Baggio Husidic in the first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
David Villa, who scored in the sixth minutes, dribbles against Los Angeles midfielder Baggio Husidic in the first half. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC stretched its undefeated streak to four games, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy in their first trip to Yankee Stadium 1-0 on Saturday.

The Galaxy (9-4-11), who routed NYCFC 5-1 last season, had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped. Eastern Conference leader New York City (11-7-8) has not been beaten since July 24, a 4-1 road loss against the New York Red Bulls.

Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop blocked Ronald Matarrita's low shot, yet Villa was right in front of the goal to tap in the deflection for his MLS-leading 16th goal of the season.

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New York City FC players pose for a photo before the match against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC players pose for a photo before the match against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Los Angeles Galaxy visit Yankee Stadium for the first time on Saturday to take on first-place New York City FC in a matinee battle between two contenders.

The Galaxy (9-3-11) is trying to stay in the race at the top of the Western Conference table. Los Angeles is winless in its last four outings, but has a good grasp of third place heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

The Galaxy will need to find a way to contain New York City FC's firepower, featuring star Frank Lampard in top form. Lampard has scored nine goals in his last 10 games, helping New York City FC maintain the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

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New York City FC midfielder Mikkel Diskerud (10) and Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster (2) fight for the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC midfielder Mikkel Diskerud (10) and Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster (2) fight for the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)

Columbus expects another big crowd at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday when Eastern Conference leader New York City FC visits, so Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter wasn't hawking tickets when discussing the match against the star-studded visitors.

He was merely pointing out that the teams are among the top five in possession and are unlikely to settle into defensive postures.

"We both want to play attacking soccer. We want to play entertaining soccer," Berhalter said. "That will be an interesting dynamic when you have both teams wanting to do that.

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New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders made four saves on Friday night against San Jose (AP Photo/John Raoux). (John Raoux/AP)
New York City FC goalkeeper Josh Saunders made four saves on Friday night against San Jose (AP Photo/John Raoux). (John Raoux/AP)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Josh Saunders made four saves and first-place New York City tied the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 on Friday night.

It was the first draw for New York (10-7-7) since May 29 and the third straight tie for San Jose (6-6-10).

San Jose controlled the possession in the second half. Chris Wondolowski headed a cross just wide in the 53rd minute, sailed an open shot in the 57th and hit the post in the 69th. Chad Barrett got behind the defense for a through ball but he lost a one-on-one battle with Saunders in the 75th.

New York's best scoring chance came in the 81st but Steven Mendoza's left-footed turn was saved by David Bingham. Frank Lampard ran to a through ball in the box in the 31st but his open shot was blocked low by Bingham.

Alberto Quintero cut through three defenders in the 14th minute but his sliding shot was saved by Saunders.


General view of Avaya Stadium (Kelley L Cox)
General view of Avaya Stadium (Kelley L Cox)

Newly acquired midfielder Darwin Ceren will be available for the San Jose Earthquakes when they play host to New York City FC on Friday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

New York City (10-7-6) sits atop Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings with 36 points, three points ahead of second-place Toronto FC. San Jose (6-6-9) is eighth in the Western Conference with 27 points, two points behind the seventh-place Portland Timbers.

San Jose traded Matias Perez Garcia to Orlando City SC in exchange for Ceren just before the transfer window closed Wednesday. Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear said Ceren adds needed depth to a position that has been left thin at times this season due to injuries or suspensions to Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy and Marc Pelosi.

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( Adam Hunger)

NYCFC's Frank Lampard was named the MLS Player of the Month for July, the league announced.

In July, Lampard scored six goals and added one assist, bringing his scoring total to eight goals on the season.

The midfielder led New York City FC to a 4-2-0 record during the month as the team sits atop the Eastern Conference standings (36 points, 10-7-6 record).

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New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) celebrates his goal against the Colorado Rapids with midfielder Jack Harrison (11) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

NYCFC's Frank Lampard was named the MLS Player of the Week after his hat trick against the Colorado Rapids.

Lampard's three goals, the first three-goal-game in NYCFC history, helped NYCFC win and stay atop the Eastern Conference standings with 36 points.

The midfielder now has eight goals and one assist this season.


Watch: Goal 1 | Goal 2 | Goal 3

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New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) acknowledges the fans after his goal against the Colorado Rapids during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) acknowledges the fans after his goal against the Colorado Rapids during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Frank Lampard scored three goals and New York City FC beat 10-man Colorado 5-1 on Saturday to end the Rapids' 15-game unbeaten streak.

Lampard opened the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing Diego Martinez's cross and Thomas McNamara's redirecting flick with a close-range, right-footed stab. Lampard made it 4-0 on a right-footed shot in the 81st minute and capped City's scoring with a penalty kick in the 84th - his eighth goal of the season and the first hat trick in NYCFC (10-7-6) history.

The Rapids' Micheal Azira was sent off in the 37th minute with his second yellow card and Shkelzen Gashi scored Colorado's lone goal on a deflected free kick in 92nd minute.

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New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo (21) kicks the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium against the Chicago Fire. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo (21) kicks the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium against the Chicago Fire. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)

For the Colorado Rapids and the New York City FC, the turnaround from Thursday night's All-Star Game to the restart of the MLS season is a quick one.

The teams meet Saturday in Yankee Stadium in a match with plenty at stake for each. Colorado (10-2-8) is three points in back of MLS overall leader Dallas for first place in the Western Conference, while NYCFC (9-7-6) owns first place in the Eastern Conference.

It's the first and only meeting of the teams this year and just the second all-time. They played to a scoreless draw last March just outside of Denver.

It will be a striking contrast of styles to boot. NYCFC is known for its offense, having scored 35 goals on the season, and the Rapids are a defensive-minded club as they have conceded only 14 goals. >> Read more


Didier Drogba (11) celebrates with teammates including Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring in the MLS All-Star Game. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Didier Drogba (11) celebrates with teammates including Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan (16) after scoring in the MLS All-Star Game. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Chuba Akpom scored the deciding goal in the 87th minute from about 4 yards out on a cross from the left side by Nacho Monreal, and Arsenal topped the MLS All-Stars 2-1 in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Thursday.

Once Arsenal's young substitutes got going after entering midway through the second half, the scoring chances came.

Moments before halftime, following a pass from the Red Bulls' Sacha Kljestan, Montreal's Didier Drogba scored on his third try following two deflections in one quick sequence for MLS to notch it at 1.

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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

The best players from the MLS will look to post their third consecutive match victory against a European soccer stalwart when league's selected All-Stars square off against Arsenal of the English Premier League in the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Thursday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

The MLS side is stocked with offense -- the league's top three goal scorers (David Villa of New York City FC, Ignacio Piatti of the Montreal Impact and Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC) and its two best assist providers (Sacha Kljestan of the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas' Mauro Diaz).

Then there are the familiar names from the United States Men's National Team in forward Clint Dempsey of the Seattle Sounders FC and midfielders Jermaine Jones of the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman.

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( Adam Hunger)

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice, Sacha Kljestan had a goal and two assists and the New York Red Bulls beat New York City FC 4-1 on Sunday.

Wright-Phillips poked a shot from the center of the box, off the pass from Kljestan, past a charging Josh Saunders in the 20th minute. Three minutes later, Kljestan found Ronald Zubar who gave the Red Bulls (9-9-4) a 2-0 lead.

Kljestan converted a penalty kick, after a hand ball in the penalty area by Frederic Brillant, in the 41st minute.

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( Adam Hunger)

New York City FC sits atop the Eastern Conference standings and owns the league's best road record. But coach Patrick Vieria says his squad remains humble heading into Sunday afternoon's road showdown with the rival New York Red Bulls.

"We will go to the game with humility like always," Vieira told the team's website. "We're going to go there knowing that it will be a difficult place to go, to dictate the game and try to play. We know what to expect from there. We will have to go there and be brave and play the way we played in the last few weeks and the last few months."

New York City (9-6-6) is in first place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points, five more than the Red Bulls. New York City is 6-3-1 on the road and coming off an impressive performance in a 3-1 victory at Montreal.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

New York City FC has traded forward Patrick Mullins to D.C. United, the team announced.

NYCFC will recieve allocation money and an international roster spot in return.

"On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to sincerely thank Patrick Mullins for his contribution to the building of New York City FC," NYCFC director of football operations Claudio Reyna said. "Patrick gave his all on the field and in the community, and scored a goal in our historic first ever match at Yankee Stadium that will always be remembered. We wish him the best of luck in the next step of his career."

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New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

When the New York Red Bulls play New York City FC, you can expect to see goals. There have been a combined 18 goals in the five iterations of the Hudson River Derby, with both teams boasting some of Major League Soccer's best attackers.

Before the Red Bulls and NYCFC face off again on Sunday, let's take a look back at the rivalry's best finishes.

5) Chris Duvall - New York Red Bulls - June 28th, 2015

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Frank Lampard watches as Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush fails to stop Jack Harrison's goal during injury time in the first half Sunday.
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Frank Lampard watches as Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush fails to stop Jack Harrison's goal during injury time in the first half Sunday. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

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MONTREAL -- David Villa and Jack Harrison scored in the first half and first-place New York City held on for a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Sunday night.

Frank Lampard, with his fifth goal in six games, added a late goal for New York City (9-6-6). NYC has won five of its last six matches, and improved to 6-3-1 on the road.

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Orlando City FC defender David Mateos and New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron fight for the ball in the second half at Red Bull Arena. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Orlando City FC defender David Mateos and New York Red Bulls midfielder Gonzalo Veron fight for the ball in the second half at Red Bull Arena. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

First-place New York City FC was admittedly worn down after a run of three games -- including two wins -- in eight days. New York City coach Patrick Vieria knew by the time he finished watching his team's performance in a 3-1 loss at Sporting KC on Monday, it needed a break.

"It was important for us to recover physically and mentally," Vieria told team's website. "We had three games in a week and we spent a lot of energy. And that's the reason why I gave them two days off."

New York City will see if the time off pays off Sunday, when it travels to Montreal for a 5 p.m. ET, nationally-televised match with the short-handed Impact.

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Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium. Montreal defeated New York 3-2. (Andy Marlin)
Fans of New York City FC cheer a NYCFC goal against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium. Montreal defeated New York 3-2. (Andy Marlin)

NYCFC has acquired international transfer defender Maxime Chanot from Belgian Club K.V. Kortrijk, the team announced Saturday. 

Chanot, 26, was signed after NYCFC acquired his discovery rights from Orlando City SC. He has mostly played center back in his career and has made 19 appearances for the Luxemborg national team. 

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New York City FC defender Shannon Gomez (52) passes the ball away from New York Cosmos midfielder Yohandry Orozco (19) during first half at Coffey Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York City FC defender Shannon Gomez (52) passes the ball away from New York Cosmos midfielder Yohandry Orozco (19) during first half at Coffey Field. (Noah K. Murray)

NYCFC defender Shannon Gomez has ruptured his ACL and will undergo season-ending surgery, the team announced Friday

Gomez, 19, signed with the team in March a Discovery Signing on loan from W Connection F.C. in Trinidad and Tobago. 

"We're disappointed to be losing Shannon for the rest of the season," head coach Patrick Vieira said in a statement from the team. "He's a player that gives his all on the training pitch and we'll miss him until he returns.

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General view of the pitch and scoreboard following the second half between New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
General view of the pitch and scoreboard following the second half between New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

New York City FC announced a plan to build 50 soccer pitches in New York City over the next five years.

In a joint announcement with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Adidas, NYCFC said they will build the fields in underserved neighborhoods in NYC over the next five years.

The first set of fields will be ready to play by next year, the announcement said.

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Jimmy Medranda scored his first-career MLS goal and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 win over New York City FC on Sunday night.

Medranda blasted a left-footer, from well outside the box, past Josh Saunders into the back of the net to give Sporting (8-8-4) a 2-1 lead in the 16th minute.

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David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

Two teams with four-game unbeaten streaks meet Sunday at Children's Mercy Park, as Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC makes its first-ever visit to Kansas City to face Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m.

NYCFC's unbeaten streak actually comprises four straight wins, tied for the longest by any MLS team this season. The streak has the squad on top of the Eastern Conference standings with 30 points. NYCFC had two shutout victories in the past week, defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 and the New England Revolution 1-0. They have a 272-minute shutout run that stands as the longest active streak in MLS.

New York City FC is 5-2-1 on the road this season, with two more road wins than any other team. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in four straight road games dating back to mid-May, winning three and posting shutouts in their last two. Overall, they are 8-5-6 (30 points).

David Villa, a World Cup champion with Spain, leads MLS with 12 goals, while Italian World Cup champion Andrea Pirlo ranks among the top five in chances created. Frank Lampard missed the first 2 1/2 months because of injury, but has scored three goals in his last four appearances, including the game-winner in Wednesday's triumph at New England. Read more at SNY.tv . . . .


David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
David Villa leads NYCFC with 12 goals. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

David Villa and Andrea Pirlo have been named apart of the MLS team in the 2016 MLS All-Star Fan XI (MLS, July 9).

The team is comprised of USMNT members, rising young MLS players and global stars to face Arsenal FC on Thursday, July 28 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Pirlo earned his spot through online fan voting, while Villa was selected through the "More Than a Vote" challenge between competing fan bases.

Villa leads the MLS with 12 goals this season. 


New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) is surrounded by teammates after scoring a goal against the New England Revolution during the second half at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)
New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard (8) is surrounded by teammates after scoring a goal against the New England Revolution during the second half at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)

Frank Lampard scored his third goal in four games to help New York City FC beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Wednesday night.

New York City (8-5-6) has won four games in a row and sits atop the Eastern Conference. New England (5-6-7) lost its third straight.

Thomas McNamara ran down a chipped ball near the goal line and his cross redirected off Lampard's leg in the 58th minute.

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New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) scores a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) scores a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison was named the Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Harrison had a goal and an assist in NYCFC's 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls. On the season, he has two goals and two assists in four starts.

His goal was nominated for the Goal of the Week.

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New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) reacts after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

New York City FC puts its three-match winning streak on the line against a conference opponent Wednesday night when it faces the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

After a 0-3-2 stretch, New York City FC (7-6-5) has sprung to life with three victories since June 18, including a 2-0 win over the rival New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Jack Harrison won MLS Goal of the Week honors by popping a corner pass from Andrea Pirlo over the legs of defender Red Bulls forward Mike Grella before beating keeper Luis Robles.

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