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.

 


New York City FC forward David Villa defends against a Columbus Crew corner kick during first half of Eastern Conference semifinal at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward David Villa defends against a Columbus Crew corner kick during first half of Eastern Conference semifinal at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Columbus Crew advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, winning the two-leg series 4-3 after falling 2-0 in the second game Sunday night.

The Crew will host the Supporters Shield winner Toronto FC in Game 1 of the conference finals Nov. 21. Toronto will be without stars Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. Altidore and New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan were sent off after a tunnel melee at halftime in the other semifinal game earlier Sunday and Giovinco received his second yellow card in two games.

NYC's David Villa opened the scoring in the 16th minute on a penalty kick as Zack Steffen dove the wrong way. It came after Josh Williams tripped Rodney Wallace in a non-threatening position at the corner of the 18-yard box. >> Read more

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second 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 goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After fighting so hard for the right to have a first-round bye in the MLS playoffs, New York City FC could see it all go for naught if it cannot pull off a blowout victory against Columbus Crew SC on Sunday.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Artur started a three-goal outburst in the second half shortly after New York City FC went down a man and the Columbus Crew won the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals 4-1 on Tuesday night.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second 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 goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Columbus Crew SC will be riding the emotion of a dramatic knockout round victory against Atlanta United and the passion of their fans when they play New York City FC on Tuesday in the first leg of Eastern Conference semifinals.

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New York City FC forward David Villa controls the ball against the Columbus Crew during the first half at Citi Field. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward David Villa controls the ball against the Columbus Crew during the first half at Citi Field. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

David Villa scored two goals and New York City FC tied the Columbus Crew 2-2 on Sunday in the first regular-season match at Citi Field to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. >> Read more

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Columbus and New York City try to overcome distractions as they jockey for playoff positioning on the final day of the MLS season Sunday.

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New England Revolution midfielder Gershon Koffie and New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara battle for control of the ball during the first half at Gillette Stadium. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Revolution midfielder Gershon Koffie and New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara battle for control of the ball during the first half at Gillette Stadium. (Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

Diego Fagundez scored two goals in the second half and the New England Revolution beat 10-man New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday.

New England (12-15-6) set a club record with 12 wins at home. NYC (16-9-8) had several possibilities to clinch a bye in the playoffs but needed at least a draw. >> Read more

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New York City FC has a date with the New England Revolution on Sunday in Foxborough, Mass., but keeping their minds off Atlanta United might be challenging.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second 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 goalkeeper Josh Saunders (12) defends his goal against D.C. United during the second half at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) David Villa tied it in the 43rd minute with his 20th goal of the season and New York City FC held on for a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Fire will play in Major League Soccer's postseason for the first time since 2012, but they don't plan to coast through the final three regular season games.

Chicago (15-10-6, 51 points) is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings heading into Saturday's game against the New York City FC at Toyota Park in Chicago.

In the teams' second meeting this season, the Fire hope to make up ground on New York City as they shoot for a higher seed in the upcoming MLS playoffs.

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MONTREAL (AP) Jack Harrison scored in the 10th minute and New York City FC held on to beat the Montreal Impact 1-0 on Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old Harrison fired a bouncing ball past Evan Bush into the top corner from a tricky angle for his 10th goal.

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New York City FC is locked in for the MLS playoffs. The Montreal Impact are still holding out hope that they can sneak in.

To do so, it's three points or bust for the Impact when they host NYCFC on Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium.

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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)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) New York's Maximiliano Moralez and Houston's Mauro Manotas scored early goals and the Dynamo and NYCFC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The game was moved to Pratt & Whitney Stadium because of a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium.

Moralez picked up his fifth goal in the sixth minute when he flicked a header inside the near post off a perfect service from the right side by Andraz Struna. Just 10 minutes later Manotas tallied his ninth after a quick restart just outside the top of the box, chipping the ball past New York keeper Sean Johnson.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Dominique Badji scored in the 88th minute to give the Colorado Rapids a 1-1 tie with New York City FC on Saturday night.

Thomas McNamara opened the scoring for NYC (15-8-6) in the 19th minute. He slipped past a defender after receiving Andrea Pirlo's pass near midfield and smashed a driving blast into the top right corner from 25 yards.

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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)

New York City FC may be without David Villa, their leading scorer and the reigning MLS MVP, for a third straight match when they meet the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Villa, who owns a league-leading 19 goals, has been out with an abductor irritation he suffered while training with the Spanish National Team. NYCFC (15-8-5) is 1-1 without him, but scored just once in those matches.

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New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson is unable to stop a free kick by Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco in the second half during a game at BMO Field. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson is unable to stop a free kick by Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco in the second half during a game at BMO Field. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

Diego Valeri scored in his seventh straight game to tie the MLS record and help the Portland Timbers beat New York City FC 1-0 on Saturday.

Valeri tied the goal mark set by Raul Diaz Arce in 1997 and matched by Wolde Harris in 2000 and Carlos Ruiz in 2006.

Valeri scored in the 44th minute. He has 17 goals this season.

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Sep 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) celebrates with teammates against Sporting Kansas City during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports  (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) celebrates with teammates against Sporting Kansas City during the second half at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jack Harrison scored his ninth goal of the season in the 84th minute, helping New York City FC beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on a rainy Wednesday night.

New York City (15-7-5) is 8-0-2 in its last 10 home games. Kansas City (10-6-10) has only won once in its last 10 regular-season road games.

Earlier in NYC's winning possession, Tim Melia punched away Thomas McNamara's shot and RJ Allen tracked down the loose ball near the sideline. Harrison chested down Allen's cross near the penalty spot and volleyed it home.

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New York City FC couldn't secure a victory as they played the New York Red Bulls to a draw in the NY Derby, 1-1, at Red Bull Arena Friday night. 

NYCFC got on the scoreboard first as David Villa found Maxi Moralez in the box to score in the 56th minute. It was Moralez's fourth goal of the year. 

However, the Red Bulls would tie things up after Sacha Kljestan earned a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Gonzalo Veron would convert the shot to tie the game up. 

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New York City FC forward David Villa plays the ball against New England Revolution defender Claude Dielna during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC forward David Villa plays the ball against New England Revolution defender Claude Dielna during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jonathan Lewis scored in stoppage time to help New York City FC beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Sunday for its third straight victory.

The 20-year-old rookie has scored his only two MLS goals in back-to-back games.

David Villa trapped a long cross from RJ Allen on the left side and dropped it to Ben Sweat, who first-timed a left footer to Lewis at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish in the fourth minute of injury time. >> Read more

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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)

New York City FC will look to continue a late push toward the top of the Eastern Conference standings when it welcomes the New England Revolution to Yankee Stadium on Sunday evening.

New York City (13-7-4, 43 points) is arguably the hottest team in the league after winning their seventh match in 10 games last weekend, a 2-0 victory at the Los Angeles Galaxy that included a sparkling first goal from 20-year-old rookie Jonathan Lewis.

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New York City FC forward David Villa shoots the ball as New York Red Bulls midfielder Salvatore Zizzo defends during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC forward David Villa shoots the ball as New York Red Bulls midfielder Salvatore Zizzo defends during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

David Villa had his first MLS hat trick to help New York City FC beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Sunday night.

Villa's third goal gave New York City (12-7-4) the lead for good in the 75th minute. He drew a foul in the area when Sal Zizzo was shown a yellow card for a high boot and then converted from the spot.

Villa opened the scoring in the 28th, beating a charging Luis Robles 1-on-1 and tapping a left-footer into the open net.

Bradley Wright-Phillips took a pass Sean Davis cut left and scored from top of the box in 41st minute and rolled in a perfectly placed cross from Tyler Adams from just outside the 6-yard box to give the Red Bulls (11-9-2) a 2-1 lead in the 64th.

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Jun 24, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) plays the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (USA Today)
Jun 24, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) plays the ball against New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer (77) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (USA Today)

The last time New York City FC faced its closest rivals, coach Patrick Vieira said his squad delivered a near-perfect performance in a 2-0 road win over the New York Red Bulls on June 24.

NYCFC (11-7-4) may need a repeat performance Sunday if it is to slow down the streaking Red Bulls.

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New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson is unable to stop a free kick by Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco in the second half during a game at BMO Field. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson is unable to stop a free kick by Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco in the second half during a game at BMO Field. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

Sebastian Giovinco scored twice and Toronto FC beat New York City FC 4-0 on Sunday to increase its overall MLS lead to five points.

Jozy Altidore and Raheem Edwards also scored to help Toronto improve to 12-3-7 overall and 8-0-3 at home.

Giovinco opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, after raising his hands in the air to call for the ball some 10 yards outside the penalty box. Marky Delgado obliged and Giovinco got the ball in space, sidestepping the approaching Andrea Pirlo as if he was rooted to the ground before curling a left-footed shot high into the goal past a diving Sean Johnson.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) David Villa and Frederic Brillant scored minutes apart early in the second half and New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday to extend its home unbeaten streak to seven games.

Sean Johnson had a season-high seven saves for New York City (11-6-4), which has scored in a franchise-record 21 consecutive home matches.

Villa opened the scoring in the 47th minute, putting away a volley, off a feed from Jonathan Lewis, from just outside the top of the box. Moments later, Brillant headed home the rebound of his own header to make it 2-0. Maximiliano Moralez played a cross, off a set piece, into the area and Brillant's header was stopped by Matt Lampson, but Brillant's putback - a diving header - found the back of the net.

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After a squandered opportunity, New York City FC has a second chance at gaining on the Eastern Conference's top two teams.

The Blues, who gave up a 90th-minute goal in a 2-2 draw with first-place Toronto FC on Wednesday, host the second-place Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York.

The Fire (11-3-5) trail Toronto FC (11-3-6), which hosts Colorado on Saturday, by one point in the standings. NYCFC (10-6-4) is five points behind Toronto FC.

"I feel that sometimes you have to accept that the other team is playing better, and I think Toronto played better," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said in his postgame press conference. "I think in the second half when they scored the goal, we were struggling. Physically, it was quite difficult for us."

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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)

NEW YORK (AP) Victor Vazquez drilled a penalty kick past Sean Johnson in the first minute of stoppage time and Toronto FC escaped with a 2-2 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday night.

Jordan Hamilton was clipped and taken down by New York City's RJ Allen in the penalty area in the 90th minute, setting up Vazquez's penalty kick for his fourth goal of the season.

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The next four days could shed light on whether New York City is a real contender in the Eastern Conference of MLS.

The third-place Blues will host the two teams tied for first in the East -- Toronto FC on Wednesday and the Chicago Fire on Saturday -- at Yankee Stadium, hoping to close what is a five-point gap.

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David Villa celebrates a goal during a May 21 game against Orlando City SC.  (John Raoux/AP)
David Villa celebrates a goal during a May 21 game against Orlando City SC. (John Raoux/AP)

 NYCFC won their fourth straight match thanks to goals from David Villaand Jack Harrison. 

Elsewhere, the Mets take the rubber match from the Marlins, NYCFC wins their fourth straight, the Jets are interested in a linebacker coming out of retirement and IsiahThomas is not interested in the Knicks job. 

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) David Villa scored his 11th goal of the season, Jack Harrison had his eighth and New York City FC beat expansion Minnesota United 3-1 on Thursday night.

NYC (10-5-3) tied a club record with its fourth straight victory. Minnesota (5-10-3) remains winless on the road.

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Minnesota United visits surging New York City FC on Thursday in a midweek Major League Soccer battle at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC (9-5-3) is riding a four-game unbeaten streak, highlighted by the club's road win over the rival New York Red Bulls. NYCFC had never won at Red Bull Arena. They have now. Jack Harrison and Ben Sweat scored, and the NYCFC defense pitched a shutout in a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on Saturday.

"The challenge is to see if we can play two games with the same intensity in a row," NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said this week. "If we don't have the same concentration and focus that we had against Red Bulls, we will not have any chance of winning against Minnesota."

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Jun 24, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls with teammates during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (USA Today )
Jun 24, 2017; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls with teammates during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (USA Today )

NYCFC won for the first-time ever at Red Bull Arena in a 2-0 victory over the Red Bulls in the first edition of the Hudson River Derby of 2017.

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David Villa (7) slips as he plays the ball against Seattle during the second half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
David Villa (7) slips as he plays the ball against Seattle during the second half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

David Villa didn't let the rain bother him Saturday, scoring twice in leading New York City FC past Seattle 2-1 at Yankee Stadium

The star striker from Spain scored his 50th and 51st MLS career goals in the second half.

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Jun 14, 2017; Kearny, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) advances the ball against New York City FC forward David Villa (7) during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 14, 2017; Kearny, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin (78) advances the ball against New York City FC forward David Villa (7) during second half at Red Bull Arena. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Bulls defeated NYCFC, 1-0, in their U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena. 

Daniel Royer put the Red Bulls on top with a goal inside the box in the 67th minute of action. Ryan Meara started for the Red Bulls in net and made three saves. 

Sean Johnson stopped three of four chances for NYCFC. 

The Red Bulls led in possession (57 to 43 percent) and had 16 shots to NYCFC's eight. 


Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Maxime Chanot and Alexander Callens scored their first goals of the season, both off corners in the final 10 minutes, to rally New York FC to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Chanot rose between two defenders and headed the ball inside the near post off the corner from Maximiliano Morzlez to tie the game in the 80th minute.

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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)

The Philadelphia Union are not the same team that New York City FC defeated in mid-April.

Since that 2-0 loss at home to NYCFC, the Union have won five of their last eight with two draws heading into Saturday's rematch at Yankee Stadium.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira repeatedly reminded his team this week exactly what it is facing Saturday.

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Xavier Kouassi scored his first MLS goal in the 86th minute and the New England Revolution tied New York City FC 2-2 on Wednesday night.

It was the first time this season New York City (6-6-2) has allowed a goal in the final 15 minutes.

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May 28, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York City FC forward David Villa (7) runs to the ball against Atlanta United in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)
May 28, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York City FC forward David Villa (7) runs to the ball against Atlanta United in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

After a close loss to the Red Bulls in New York on Saturday, the New England Revolution hope to avoid a New York sweep when they visit New York City FC on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

New York City FC (6-5-2) dropped its last match 3-1 to Atlanta United FC on Sunday. Jack Harrison scored the club's only goal -- and his career-high fifth -- in the 71st minute. >> Read more

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New York City FC defender Ethan White jumps over Atlanta United defender Greg Garza in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC defender Ethan White jumps over Atlanta United defender Greg Garza in the first half at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Miguel Almiron scored twice in the first 23 minutes and Atlanta United beat New York City FC 3-1 on Sunday night.

Almiron, a 23-year-old designated player in his first MLS season, has five goals in the last two games and all of his seven goals have come in three matches.

Almiron opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Hector Villalba's pass led Julian Gressel on a breakaway and he fed Almiron for the finish from just inside the spot. Moments later, Villalba blasted a right-footer into the corner of the net. Almiron gave Atlanta (5-4-3) a 3-0 lead in the 23rd, tapping a feed from Gressel into a wide-open net.

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May 21, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York City FC defender RJ Allen (27) and Orlando City SC midfielder Luis Gil (17) battle for the ball during the second half of a soccer match at Orlando City Stadium. This was Orlando's first home loss 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
May 21, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York City FC defender RJ Allen (27) and Orlando City SC midfielder Luis Gil (17) battle for the ball during the second half of a soccer match at Orlando City Stadium. This was Orlando's first home loss 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

With superstar David Villa on the verge of a career milestone, road-weary New York City FC heads to raucous Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on revenge-minded Atlanta United FC on Sunday.

Villa scored twice in NYCFC's 3-0 win at Orlando City last weekend, putting him one way from 50 MLS goals.

Villa scored the opening goal in NYCFC's 3-1 win over Atlanta on May 7. That was NYCFC's last home game. Saturday's tilt in Atlanta will be New York's fourth straight road match.

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Justine Ward recaps all the action from NYCFC's 3-0 victory over Orlando City SC.

David Villa scored twice and New York City FC beat Orlando City 3-0 on Sunday night to extend its unbeaten streak to four games.

Orlando City (6-4-2) lost for the first time in seven matches at its new stadium, dating to a 1-0 win over NYCFC on March 5.

Villa converted from the spot, after Ricardo Kaka's hand ball in the penalty area, to open the scoring for NYCFC (6-4-2) in the 14th minute.

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An Orlando City SC team that was victorious in six of its first seven MLS games in 2017 is trying to remember how to win.

The Lions (6-3-2) will host New York City FC (5-4-2) on Sunday at Orlando City Stadium. It is the third meeting between the teams in the season's first 12 games.

"It's been four games without a win and we're very hungry for the next one," Orlando coach Jason Kreis said on the team's website. "I think that's one of the nice things about getting out to a really good start, getting those wins under your belt, is that you get a real taste for it. When you go through games without (wins), you start to feel really hungry for it.

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Mar 5, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) drives the ball down field during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Orlando City FC at Orlando won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 5, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York City FC forward Sean Okoli (9) drives the ball down field during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Orlando City FC at Orlando won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Aaron Maund scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute and Real Salt Lake beat New York City FC 2-1 on a snowy Wednesday night.

Real Salt Lake (3-7-2) snapped a four-game losing streak. NYC (5-4-2) had its three-game undefeated streak snapped.

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Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NYCFC forward david Villa (7) plays the ball while being defended by D.C. United defender Sean Frankin (5) during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Fighting to stay out of the Western Conference cellar is a rare position for Real Salt Lake, but it is the spot the club finds itself in these days.

RSL reached the MLS playoffs in eight of the previous nine seasons. It doesn't look much like a playoff team this season, though, as it heads into a home match with New York City FC on Wednesday night.

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New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara is issued a yellow card for his take down of FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo during the first half at Toyota Stadium. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York City FC midfielder Thomas McNamara is issued a yellow card for his take down of FC Dallas midfielder Carlos Gruezo during the first half at Toyota Stadium. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas McNamara scored a spectacular goal before crashing into the back of the net and New York City FC tied FC Dallas 1-1 on Sunday night.

David Villa earned a free kick in the 68th minute, sending his shot off the crossbar. With goal keeper Jesse Gonzalez falling to the ground after a leaping attempt to block the shot, the ball deflected straight down and bounced into the air. McNamara raced in at full speed and got his head on the ball as he leaped through the flailing legs of Gonzalez before landing in the back netting of the goal.

That was the only on-target shot for NYCFC (5-3-2) but it wasn't enough to keep Dallas (5-0-4) from remaining the only undefeated team. Nine games without a loss to open the season has Dallas closing in on the league record of 12, held by four teams, the last being Real Salt Lake in 2014. Dallas is unbeaten in 14 straight MLS games.

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Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst and New York City FC forward David Villa fight for the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Atlanta United defender Michael Parkhurst and New York City FC forward David Villa fight for the ball during the first half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Fans of FC Dallas, the last unbeaten team in MLS, have even more to cheer about.

Mauro Diaz, who scored 48 goals the past two seasons for Dallas, returned to the practice field this week.

While the Argentine striker won't play Sunday when Dallas (5-0-3) hosts New York City FC (5-3-1) at Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas, he is closer to his season debut after participating in during training this week.

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New York City FC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez celebrates his goal against Atlanta United with teammates during the second half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York City FC midfielder Maximiliano Moralez celebrates his goal against Atlanta United with teammates during the second half at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Rodney Wallace scored a goal and had two assists, David Villa added a goal and an assist, and New York City FC pulled away from Atlanta FC in the second half for a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Both teams entered ranked in the top-five in the Eastern Conference in scoring, with Atlanta United (3-4-2) leading the way with 18 goals scored and a plus-seven goal differential.

The teams traded goals in the first half for a 1-1 tie. David Villa struck first for New York City, rifling through a goal from the top of the box in the 17th minute. Atlanta's Carlos Carmona netted the equalizer late in the half (39th minute). The goal was Carmona's first of the season.

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A number of key players will be missing when Atlanta United FC visits New York City FC on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in New York.

NYCFC (4-3-1) is two points ahead of Atlanta United (3-3-2) in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference with 13 points.

New York is coming off a 3-2 victory over Columbus. Jack Harrison scored twice, including the go-ahead goal. Yangel Herrera had a goal and an assist in his first start since signing with NYCFC on loan from Manchester City.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Jack Harrison scored twice, 19-year-old Yangel Herrera added an assist and his first MLS goal and New York City FC beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Saturday night. 

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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)

Teams embarking on different paths meet Saturday at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus when the Crew SC hosts New York City FC.

The Crew (4-3-1) play the first of three consecutive matches at home, where it is 3-0-1 and has outscored the opposition 8-4 this season.

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