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Preview: New York City FC vs Portland Timbers

David Villa. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Who:

New York City FC versus Portland Timbers

Where:

Providence Park

 

When:

Sunday, April 22nd

What Time:

6:00 pm

What Stations:

FS1, WNYE 95.1 FM, WADO 1280 AM

All-Time Series:

The Portland Timbers hold a 2-1 series edge against NYCFC. With Portland winning the 2017 matchup by a final score of 1-0.

In the game versus Atlanta

The Boys in Blue had a thrilling 2-2 draw against Atlanta United, thanks to goals by David Villa and Alex Ring. For Villa his goal in the 39th Minute was the 399th of his carer. As for Ring, he connected on a laser of a shot in the 72nd minute for his first New York City FC  goal.

NYCFC are still unbeaten for 2018 (P7 W5 L0 D2)

Last time Against Portland

The Portland Timbers came into Yankee Stadium and earned a 1-0 victory in the match against NYCFC in 2017. Scoring the lone goal was Diego Valeri, who was able to tie an MLS record with a goal in seven straight contest. The victory at the time valued the Timbers to the top of the Western Conference. It was a tough loss for the Boys in Blue, as they had had 10 straight home games without a loss.

Portland has split a pair of matches heading into the match on Sunday, having last earned a home win against Minnesota United FC.  The Timbers had goals from Valeri along with Alvas Powell and Fanendo Adi.

New York City FC currently sits in First Place in the East, while Portland ranks 11th in the very tough Western Conference.

Fans are encouraged to check out the following videos:

Interview with Goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com

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Seattle rains on Sky Blue FC Home Opener

Sky Blue FC prior to the match vs Seattle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The Seattle Reign defeated Sky Blue FC by a final of 1-0, in what was weather fit for the visiting side in National Women’s Soccer League action on April 15.

Helping to lead the way for Seattle was a penalty kick by Megan Rapinoe in the sixth minute, in what was a stellar defensive effort by both clubs.

Sky Blue FC would have a chance to tie things up at the very end of the half when Reign goalkeeper Michelle Betos came out to play a ball and the ensuing chaos saw a rebound opportunity for forward Savannah McCaskill to possibly get a head on into a Seattle open net but it was too high.

The loss also spoilt the home coming of Two-time FIFA Player of the Year and New Jersey native Carli Lloyd, who returned to Sky Blue after an offseason trade. Lloyd will have an opportunity to play on the same pitch where she competed in College.

Lloyd was honored by the team prior to the game for scoring her 100th career national team goal.

Making her Head Coaching Debut at her Alma mater was Denise Reddy, who was an assistant coach with the Washington Sprint prior to obtaining the position with Sky Blue. Reddy has previously served as a head coach in three different countries and is a UEFA Pro Licensed Coach with experience as a head coach in Sweden, Denmark and the United States.

This is two tough matches thus far for Sky Blue, but according to Coach Reddy the team is playing quality soccer and is making positive strides to obtaining a winning result very soon.

Sky Blue FC will go on the road to take on Chicago Red Stars on 4/21, prior to returning home to Yurcak Field on May 5 to take on the Houston Dash at 7:00 p.m.

1495 Sports encourages all fans to check out the following photo gallery from the game

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Fans can also check out the following post-match video:

Featuring Head Coach Denise Reddy and Midfielder Carli Lloyd

For more information on Sky Blue FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen below:

http://www.skybluefc.com

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Preview: New York City FC vs Atlanta United

Maxi Moralez. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Who:

New York City FC versus Atlanta United

Where:

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

When:

Sunday, April 15th

What Time:

6:00 pm

What Stations:

FS1, WNYE 95.1 FM, WADO 1280 AM

All-Time Series:

  • Overall: Atlanta United FC 1 win, 4 goals … New York City FC 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 0
  • At Atlanta: Atlanta United FC 1 win, 3 goals … NYCFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • Last meeting at Atlanta: Atlanta United FC 3, NYCFC 1 (May 28, 2017)

 

NYCFC comes into the match versus Atlanta FC on a two-game winning streak. Atlanta has been dominant at home netting 12 goals in three victories. The Five Stripes went 5-1-2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last season, after it opened in September.

One of the keys for New York City FC thus far in their 5-0-1 mark in Eastern Conference play, has been the dominant playmaking of one Maxi Moralez. Moralez has three goals and two assists in his last five league games, including back-to-back matches which he finished with a goal and an assist.

Versatility Breeds for Competition

One of the trends for Head Coach Patrick Vieira is how versatile his club is.

“We have two good players in every single position,” Vieira said. “Players know that they have to perform, to work hard and if not it will make my job easier. The spot is there and we will give it to the one who deserves it.”

With Ronald Matarrita, Alex Ring and David Villa all returning to the squad from injuries, Vieira will have a few tough decisions to make this weekend.

Jo Inge Berget and Ebenezer Ofori both scored and performed well in the Bronx in midweek, while Matarrita was rivaling Moralez for Star of the Game on his first start of the season.

 

Blank Sheets

NYCFC have kept more clean sheets than any team in either conference (3), shutting out Sporting KC, Orlando City and RSL. It will be a tough test for the boys in blue though as Atlanta has won four straight games since the opening loss in Houston. The Five Stripes have recorded 13 goals during that stretch, while only allowing two.

 

 

Fans are encouraged to check out the following videos:

Head Coach Patrick Vieira

Saad Abdul-Salaam

 

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com

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Penn State defeats Utah to claim NIT Championship

Penn State are your 2018 NIT Champions. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Defense and overall great team play helped to lead Penn State to a 82-66 victory over Utah in the NIT Championship game held at Madison Square Garden on March 29.

Lamar Stevens scored 28 points to earn the Most Valuable Player Award for the Nittany Lions, Josh Reaves had 18 and Tony Carr had 15 points and 14 assists for Penn State. Stevens was able to reach a personal milestone at the 3;09 mark in the First Quarter, as the Forward reached the 1,000 career point plateau. He is just the second sophomore in Penn State history to reach the milestone joining Carr.

The clutch moment for the Nittany Lions came in the third quarter when Garner — Penn State’s career 3-point leader — hit a 3 for his first basket of the game and a 49-41 lead that had the fans going wild. Reaves was a literal ‘Superman’ for Penn State, scoring several impressive buckets during the course of the night, including a crashing layup on a three-point play that stretched the lead to 11.

This is the first NIT Title for Penn State since 2009. Penn State’s road started by defeating Temple in the opening round and then beating Notre Dame and Marquette before facing Mississippi State in the semifinals.

The Nittany Lions end their season with a 26-13 record overall and went 9-9 in Big Ten play. The program last won 25 or more games in the 2008-09 season when the team also won the NIT, finishing with a 27-11 record.

1495 Sports encourages fans to check out the following videos:

The Crowning of the 2018 NIT Champions and Celebration on the Floor:

Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Patrick Chambers along with Student-Athletes Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, Shep Garner:

Photo Gallery from the Championship Celebration:

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Utah Notes:

Utah 23-11 Record. This is the third time in program history that the team has made it into the NIT Championship Game. The last time the team won the championship was 1947. The Utes hold a 2-1 all-time record in the Final

The Utes and Nittany Lions will meet up for just the second time in a series that dates back to 1971. Ironically, Utah and Penn State will meet at Madison Square Garden for the second time in as many meetings. Penn State won the first-ever meeting between the two teams, downing the Utes 80-69 in the ECAC Holiday Basketball Classic back on Dec. 28, 1971. The game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This marks the 44th post-season appearance in school history, and the 14th appearance for the Utes in the NIT. Utah is making its second-consecutive NIT appearance after earning an at-large bid into the tournament last season.

Utah is 4-2 all-time when playing NIT games in Salt Lake City, 2-3 in NIT road games and 9-7 all-time when playing NIT games at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Nittany Lions Notes:

The Nittany Lions are participating in their 11th National Invitation Tournament and are 26-9 overall with a 1-1 record in final games. Penn State’s last appearance in the finals was in 2009 when Penn State defeated Baylor 69-63 at Madison Square Garden for the championship.

This is the first ever meeting between Penn State and a Pac-12 institution in an NIT contest. Penn State has played only six teams located west of the Mississippi River in NIT games: Baylor, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico and San Francisco.

Penn State men’s basketball has played at Madison Square Garden 25 times, including 21 times at the current building.

The Nittany Lions are 14-7 in MSG IV with their most recent game, a win over Mississippi State in the NIT semifinals March 27 in “The Mecca.”

For more information on Penn State Athletics fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here;

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For more information on the NIT Tournament fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.ncaa.com/championships/basketball-men/nit

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Utah and Penn State set for NIT Championship at Madison Square Garden

The Utah Utes and Penn State Nittany Lions will square off to battle for the NIT Championship Game, that will be held at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 29 (today) at 7:00 p.m.

The Utes won the first Semifinal Game in a 69-64 thriller, it is the first final’s appearance for the title since 1974 and the last time Utah won a Championship was 1947 with a 49-45 victory over Kentucky.

Leading the way for Utah was Justin Bibbins who scored 19 points, while Sedrick Barefield added 14 points. The game went back and forth throughout and wasn’t decided until the final seconds. Utah was able to move to 15-12 all-time in the NIT, which includes a 2-2 mark in the semifinals.

In the other Semifinal Game Penn State earned a 75-60 victory over Mississippi State. Three Nittany Lions scored in double figures, with sophomore Tony Carr leading the way with 21 points.

As part of the 2018 NIT, experimental rules were in place which included utilizing a wider lane, the international three-point line, and four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves.

Thursday night’s meeting will be only the second in history for Penn State vs. Utah in men’s basketball, with both meetings taking place in Madison Square Garden. The Nittany Lions won the December 28, 1971, meeting 80-69 in the ECAC Holiday Festival.

1495 Sports encourages fans to check out the following Postgame Press Conference Videos:

Utah Utes

Featuring

Featuring Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak along with Student-Athletes David Collette and Justin Bibbins

Penn State Nittany Lions

Featuring

Head Coach Patrick Chambers along with Student-Athletes Shep Garner and Tony Carr

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Tenacity key for NYCFC in victory over New England

David Villa. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Tenacity:

The quality or fact of being very determined; determination

New York City FC showed the guts, determination and tenacity that they had in the 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in Major League Soccer action at Yankee Stadium.

This was a huge match for the boys in blue who are trying to battle for Second Place in the Eastern Conference.

Things did not look great to start as the Revolution were able to get on the board at the 57′ thanks to a goal by Teal Bunbury. The Captain David Villa was able to step-up and create magic in the 77′ marker to get the momentum on the side of the home team.

There was a lot of tension building up to the game-winner, in the end it was Jonathan Lewis stopage-time goal that was able to get the team  five points ahead of Chicago.

MHere are some interesting stats and milestones

  • NYCFC now have a 14-7-4 record through 25 games.
  • David Villa scored his 19th goal of the season and his 60th for NYCFC
  • Villa has now netted 11 in his last ten games
  • Jonathan Lewis scored his second goal for NYCFC in as many weeks – also the second of his pro career
  • Yangel Herrera will miss the Hudson River Derby on Friday night after picking up a yellow card
  • New England are still chasing their first road win of the season
  • This was NYCFC’s first home win over New England since the Historic Home Opener in 2015

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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Fans are also encourageed to check out the following Post-Match Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Patirck Viera

New York City FC will return back to Yankee Stadium on September 6, when they host Sporting Kansas City in a match set for 7:30 p.m.

For more information on New York City FC and for tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com

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Hat Trick from Villa leads to NYCFC First Series Win over Red Bulls

David Villa. Photo By: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Captain David Villa scored his first ever NYCFC hat-trick, to help lead the team to their first ever series victory over the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer action on 8/6.

It was an intense Hudson River Derby in front of a sold out Yankee Stadium that saw great opportunities from both clubs, in the end though it wound up that Villa and Bradley Wright-Phillips, who both always seem to find a way to score in these big game situations -once again shined brightest on the bigest of stages. Villa was able to cap the game with a penalty kick at the 75th minute.

One of the trends throughout the night was not only the physical play by both clubs, but also the passion seen by both fan bases as the popularity of the Derby grows with each passing year.

For NYCFC they saw the return of Khiry Shelton at the 57th minute to help with his physical style of play. This will be something to watch for and maybe one of the keys for the team as they go on throughout the season.

Interesting Notes, Stats and Milestones of the game:

  • This was the first game in NYCFC history with the Video Review system implemented
  • NYCFC have clinched a seasonal series against the Red Bulls for the first time (2-0-0 with one to play)
  • NYCFC have won three of the last four Hudson River Derby matches
  • David Villa scored his first hat-trick for NYCFC
  • David Villa scored his 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the season and his second, third and fourth against the Red Bulls
  • Khiry Shelton came on as a substitute for his first appearance in four months
  • NYCFC are now 12-7-4 for the 2017 season
  • Jonathan Lewis made his second start for NYCFC
  • Maxi Moralez received a yellow card and so will be suspended for the game at LA Galaxy next Saturday
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored ten goals against NYCFC

New York City FC will return back to Yankee Stadium on August 20, when they take on the New England Revolution in a match set for 6:00 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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Fans are also encourageed to check out the following Post-Match Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Patirck Viera

For more information on NYCFC and for tickets fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

https://www.nycfc.com