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.

"We don't have a choice. We've made it really difficult for ourselves with the result of the first leg," New York head coach Patrick Viera said. "But we still have belief. We've been in the game long enough to know that anything can happen. We just need to go out onto the field with a good organization, determination and work hard."

Playing at Yankee Stadium, a two-goal margin heading into the second 90 minutes of the two-leg playoff isn't a massive lead for Toronto to defend and New York to overhaul. With a smaller surface in the facility normally used for baseball, New York has enjoyed plenty of high scoring games. >> Read more at SNY.tv...

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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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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

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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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

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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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

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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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

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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Apr 14, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry (12) dribbles the ball as New York City FC defender Rodney Wallace (23) defend in the second half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Apr 14, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union defender Keegan Rosenberry (12) dribbles the ball as New York City FC defender Rodney Wallace (23) defend in the second half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

New York City FC begins a tough stretch without key contributors at Yankee Stadium on Sunday when they host their former coach and an Orlando City squad that is off to a fast start.

NYCFC (3-2-1) sustained back-to-back blows within a week as forward Khiry Shelton and defender Ronald Matarrita both are expected to miss four to six weeks with injuries.

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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)

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) Jack Harrison scored in the 52nd minute, David Villa added another from 50-plus yards away in the 90th and New York City FC beat the winless Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Friday night.

New York City (3-2-1) had lost six of its last nine regular-season away games. Philadelphia (0-4-2) has only won once in its last 10 home games.

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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

There is nowhere to go but up for the Philadelphia Union, who bring MLS' worst record into a home match against New York City FC on Friday at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. at 7.

The Union have just two points after going 0-3-2 in their first five contests.

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Apr 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo (21) passes the ball win front of D.C. United midfielder Ian Harkes (23) in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. United won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo (21) passes the ball win front of D.C. United midfielder Ian Harkes (23) in the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. United won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

WASHINGTON (AP) Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.  

After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.  

In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.  

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Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)
Jack Harrison, right, scored in the 10th minute for NYCFC. (Adam Hunger)

Thomas McNamara broke a tie with a goal in the 67th minute to give New York City FC a 2-1 MLS win over San Jose Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

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New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira looks on in his game against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira looks on in his game against the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC and Chicago played to a 0-0 tie. (Vincent Carchietta)

When Rodney Wallace takes the field for New York City FC on Saturday afternoon, the 28-year-old will have the opportunity to score in a third consecutive match for the first time in his career.

However, this season has already shown that New York City FC needs more than just another strong performance to guarantee a good result against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.

City has arguably had the better of the chances in all three of its matches over the first month of the season, yet only pulled out a victory in one, a 4-0 drubbing of D.C. United on March 12.

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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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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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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.

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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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