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Get to Know: #NYCFC

Photo credit: New York City FC

Photo credit: New York City FC

A week after taking a 3-0 beating from the Sounders in Seattle, the Revolution will head east to face expansion side New York City FC. The Bronx-based side is coming off a 1-1 draw to fellow MLS newcomer Orlando City SC at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Here are few things to know about New York City FC:

– Former Real Salt Lake boss Jason Kreis serves as head coach. During his time in Salt Lake, he recorded an impressive 7-2-3 record against the Revolution. In his last meeting against the Revolution, he oversaw a Salt Lake side that claimed a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium on May 8, 2013.  Kreis spent part of last year in England with NYC FC parent club Manchester City learning about the club’s coaching philosophy.

– The expansion side features two former Revolution strikers: Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor. Both players were selected in last year’s expansion draft. Mullins spoke to in January about the move to NYC FC:

“I think the sweet part is that I’m going to a good situation, and a place where I can succeed as a player. As much as I’ll miss New England, I still have to focus on my career and moving forward.”

– U.S. International Mix Diskerud scored the club’s first – and so far, only – goal last week in Orlando. He was named to’s Team of the Week for week 1.

– Spanish International David Villa, formerly of Barcelona, serves as the club captain. He played in Spain’s 4-0 drubbing of the U.S. in a Jun. 4, 2011 friendly at Gillette Stadium.

– Longtime Chelsea star Frank Lampard was signed to a designated player deal by the club last summer, but will not join the side until his current loan with Manchester City expires in May.

– New York City’s other major backer is MLB’s New York Yankees. The squad will play its home games at Yankee Stadium until a soccer specific stadium is built.

-The club went 2-2-1 during the preseason, including a 2-1 win over St. Mirren (Scotland) in which Taylor scored.

One Comment

  1. pauloblitzz

    March 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Haven’t seen them play with the exception of the OCFC game last week but they seem to have a similar style as we do. They like to have possession and control the game tempo. We’ll need to be careful with the ball and disciplined to get the result. If we give up another PK forget about it. Given our injuries I would be more than happy with a point.

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