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Meet the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation announcing team for its Inaugural PPV card “Rise of the Titans”

World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) has announced that Hall of Fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. has joined the WBKFF all-star announcing team – Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Jessica Penne – for its November 9th Pay-Per-View fight card, “Rise of the Titans”, airing live from Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

“Rise of the Titan” PPV will be headlined by a WBKFF middleweight title fight between Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks and “Irish” Brennan Ward, as well as Chris “The Crippler” Leben and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, plus the combat sports pro debut of All-Pro linebacker Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “Rise of The Titans”, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, in North America on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV and DISH in the United States, as well as Rogers, Shaw, Bell TV and SaskTel in Canada, and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website, for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Tickets are on sale available to purchase by going online here: https://www.caspereventscenter.com/events/detail/world-bare-knuckle-fighting-federation-championship

Ticket prices range between $200.00 – $500.00 for Ringside, $50.00, $30.00, $20.00, $10.00 in the 100 Level Grandstands.

Jimmy Lennon Jr. has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame. In addition to working Showtime Championship Boxing shows, Lennon has announced MMA for Strikeforce on Showtime and CBS, in addition to working for the now defunct Elite XC and K-1.

Rutten, who was recently appointed WBKFF president, is one of the most popular color commentators in MMA. The former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time King of Pancrase champion was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as well in 2015. He popularized the punch, knee and kick to the liver in MMA and is also a movie/TV actor.

Kenny Rice has hosted the long-running TV show “Inside MMA” on AxsTV alongside Rutten, they discontinued the show in 2016 after 9 years and 432 episodes. He is a veteran sportscaster, responsible for play-by-play in boxing, MMA, kick boxing, Kentucky Derby etc, Rice has announced 26 different sports at the highest level.

Penne was the first Invicta FC atomweight champion, who competed in Bellator’s first women’s bout, and she currently fights in the UFC as a strawweight. Penne will handle fighter interviews.

Hendricks vs. Ward will be contested for the WBKFF middleweight title, while the WBKFF light heavyweight crown will be on the line for Leben vs. Baroni, two of the most polarizing MMA fighters.

MMA veteran Mike “The Rhino” Bourke, who upset living legend Ken Shamrock in his most notable win, will challenge former NFL star Merriman,who recently signed h WBKFF contract.

WBKFF will also launch its $100,000 Lightweight Tournament, showcasing eight fighters in four separate quarterfinals bouts. Tournament contestants include UFC veterans Issac Vallie Flagg, along with veteran MMA fighters Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, Ireland-native Jay “The Mellow Fellow” Cucciniello, Estevan “El Terrible” Payan, Robbie “Problems” Peralta, Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis, and South African Leon “The Iron Lion” Mynhardt.

Las Vegas middleweight Joey Angelo takes on Albuquerque’s Julian “Nitrane” Lane, Ultimate Fighter runner-up Christina Marks meets professional boxer Jasmine Clarkson for the WBKFF Women’s Flyweight Championship, and Internet MMA sensation Chris “Mighty Mouse” Yarborough faces Jeff Summers in a middleweight match opening the PPV broadcast.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Additional undercard fights will be live-streamed prior to the PPV broadcast with full details to be announced.

Newly adopted rules including holding and striking, spinning back-fists and hammer fists will be used in all WBKFF fights, which will be contested in a traditional boxing ring for optimum viewing and safety. All men and women’s matches will feature five (two-minute) rounds.

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Staten Island Yankees General Manager, Jane Rogers, Named New York-Penn League Executive of the Year

The Staten Island Yankees are pleased to announce that Staten Island Yankees General Manager, Jane Rogers, has been named the 2018 New York-Penn League Executive of the Year. Rogers will be presented with the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Opening Session on Monday, December 10. Rogers becomes the first Executive to earn the award in franchise history, and the first woman to win the award in the history of the New York-Penn League.

 

Since 1999 Jane Rogers has been a crucial piece to the success of the Staten Island Yankees. She was the organization’s first hire and is the longest-tenured employee. Rogers worked her way up from Office Manager, to Assistant General Manager, and ultimately to her current role as General Manager.

Rogers plays a key role in the success of the team, business and even our players’ development. She is responsible for planning, organizing and managing the Staten Island Yankees game schedule, player travel, and all necessary accommodations for visiting teams and umpires. Not only does she contribute to the players’ development on the field she tries to help them develop into bright young men. She’s been a big influence on players such as Brett Gardner, Chien-Ming Wang, and Gary Sanchez. She is also the main point of contact between New York Yankees and the rest of the Staten Island Yankees’ front office.

 

“During her 20 years of service, Jane has established herself not only as a key member of the Yankee organization but as a vital member of the Staten Island community,” said Staten Island Yankees President Will Smith. “Jane’s selection for this award is well deserved and is a testament to her ongoing dedication, leadership and commitment to the Staten Island Yankees and the New York-Penn League.”

 

Outside of baseball, Rogers has been a big contributor to the borough. She heads the organization’s community relations department. Rogers has been recognized for her hard work across Staten Island, receiving numerous awards including the Wounded Warrior Community award, the Business Leader Award from the Boy Scouts of America, the Influential Women Business Leadership Award, and more. Rogers also sits on many boards, including the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, SIEDC Business Council and MiLB’s Baseball Chapel Advisory Board. She was honored with the NY-Penn League’s nomination for the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award in 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2008.

 

In 2018, Rogers was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite the news, she remained engaged with the Staten Island Yankees all year and wanted to create an opportunity to give back and also raise awareness of breast cancer. During the season the Staten Island Yankees created pink “99 Rogers” shirts and also wore pink jerseys for one game on August, 29th. Rogers directly helped the Staten Island Yankees raise over $8,000 for a charity of her choosing – New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, one she has supported in different ways for years.

 

Jane was born in Brooklyn and is a long-time resident of Staten Island, where she lives with her husband, Mike Rogers. She is the proud mother of two children, Julie and Matthew, and a proud grandmother of her two grandchildren, Vincent and Daniella.

 

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The Staten Island Yankees are the Single A-Short Season Affiliate of the New York Yankees and play at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. The Staten Island Yankees are six-time New York-Penn League Champions (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011). For more information, visit siyanks.com and pizzaratsbaseball.com.

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FFC 31 Night of Champions results from Las Vegas

The debut of the all-new Fight Dome Las Vegas delivered an explosive night of fireworks at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Friday night. “FFC 31 Night of Champions” was certainly a night to remember.

“The Scorpion Sting” Mladen Brestovac delivered the knockout of the night, with a blistering high left kick to the head of Jhonata Diniz at the two-minute mark of Round 3.

The trademark left head kick of Brestovac sent Diniz crashing to the canvas. With the victory, Brestovac retains the FFC Heavyweight Kickboxing title and improves his record to (55-14-1.). Diniz, who was the aggressor for most of the fight and showcased his exciting come-forward style, falls to (16-6-0.)

Shkodran “The Albanian Warrior” Veseli (83-18-1) won the FFC Welterweight Kickboxing Title with a 4th Round KO stoppage vs. Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang (18-8-1). A series of solid punches from Veseli rocked Ambang and sent him to a kneeling position at the 1:23 mark of the Round number four.

In the boxing portion of the evening, Shawn Miller, of Troy, NY (19-4-1) won a unanimous decision victory in his ten round title fight with Dennis “Mongoose” Morris (14-3-1). Miller won by the scores of 100-90, 97-93, 97-93, earning him the WBU Cruiserweight Championship.

In the FFC MMA Welterweight Championship, Ben Egli lived up to his reputation as an expert submission artist by choking out Roberto Neves at the 3:21 mark of the first round. Egli won the fight by rear naked choke, something he has done a total of five times in his pro MMA career. The championship victory brings Egli’s record to (11-2-0) while Neves falls to (10-3-0).

“FFC 31 Night of Champions” was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network and the event made history as Final Fight Championship, one of the fastest growing combat sports promotion companies in the world, became the first promotion company to hold a multi-discipline event (Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA) in Las Vegas history.

Complete “FFC 31 Night of Champions” results below:

OFFICIAL RESULTS

FFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (MMA)
Ben Egli (11-2-0), Portland, Oregon
Win by Submission Rear Naked Choke, 3:25 Rd 1
Roberto Neves (10-4-0), Sao Palo, Brazil
(Egli wins FFC Welterweight Title)

WBU CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (BOXING)
Shawn Miller (19-4-1, 7 KOs), Troy, NY
Win by UD 10 Rds (100-90, 97-93, 97-93)
Dennis Morris (14-3-1, 12 KOs), Milwaukee, WI
(Miller wins WBU Cruiserweight Title)

FFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (KICKBOXING)
Mladen Brestovac (55-14-1), Champion, Zagreb, Croatia
Win by KO (Head Kick), 2:00 Rd 3
Jhonata Diniz (16-6-0), Curitiba, Brazil
(Brestovac retains FFC Heavyweight Title)

FFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (KICKBOXING)
Shkodran Veseli (83-18-1), Zurich, Switzerland
Win by KO (Punches), 1:23 Rd 4
Francois Ambang (18-8-1), Mechanicsville, VA
(Veseli wins FFC Welterweight Title)

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New York Jets Post Game Notes & Quotes – NYJ 42, IND 34 – Sunday, 10.14

Here are some notes from the New York Jets 42-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium:

Scoring:

After scoring 42 points in today’s game, the Jets have now scored 40 points twice in the same season for the first time since 2008. Additionally, this is the Jets first time they have scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games since the 2011 season. The Jets offense closed the game with scores on their last eight drives. The team scored multiple times in every quarter, including a 23-point first half, the most by a Jets team since they scored 27 vs. TEN (12/13/15).

 

Takeaways: 

After forcing four takeaways against IND, the Jets are the only team with multiple games of four-or-more takeaways, after intercepting five passes in their Week One win at DET (9/10).  This season, their 15 turnovers are second in the league behind CLV prior to the start of the 4:00 games.

Additionally, the Jets converted those four takeaways into 20 points, tying them for the most points off turnovers in the NFL with 45 points, prior to the start of the 4:00 games.

 

Linebacker Interceptions:

With picks by Avery Williamson and Darron Lee, Sunday’s contest marks just the fourth time since the merger and first time since 2011 that two different Jets linebackers registered interceptions in the same game. The last time, David Harris and Calvin Pace both registered interceptions at BUF (11/06/11).

 

S Jamal Adams:

On the Jets first defensive drive of the game, Jamal Adams tipped a pass that led to an interception by CB Morris Claiborne, which he returned 17 yards for a touchdown. During the second quarter, Adams forced a fumble (third of his career) that was recovered by LB Jordan Jenkins.

 

CB Morris Claiborne:

With 14:48 left in the first quarter, S Jamal Adams tipped a pass that was intercepted and returned for a 17-yard touchdown by CB Morris Claiborne. Jets second pick six this season after LB Darron Lee’s at DET (9/10) in the season opener. The return marks Claiborne’s first touchdown off an interception, and the second touchdown of his career.

At 14:48, the score was the fastest in a home game and fastest defensive score in Jets history. It’s tied for second-fastest touchdown in franchise history with Brad Smith kick-off return touchdown at PIT (12/19/10). Fastest score: Bobby Humphery kick-off return touchdown at 14:51 at CIN (12/21/86).

The score was the first at home by the Jets since S Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady (10/20/13). In the second quarter, Claiborne tipped a pass that was intercepted by teammate Avery Williamson for a 31-yard return. Claiborne finished the game with four tackles, two passes defensed and one interception.

 

QB Sam Darnold:

In his sixth start, Sam Darnold finished the game 24-30 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. It is the second time in Darnold’s career in which he has completed at least 75% of his passes while having a quarterback rating of more than 100.

With his 80% completion percentage on 30-or-more passes, he became just the fifth quarterback in team history to accomplish the feat and first since Chad Pennington did so at TEN (12/23/07).

 

WR Jermaine Kearse:

Jermaine Kearse established season highs with nine receptions for 94 yards in the win. The nine catches match his regular-season career high, set last season in the win vs. KC (12/03/17).

 

LB Darron Lee:

In the middle of the fourth quarter, Darron Lee intercepted Andrew Luck, returning the ball 25 yards to set up a field goal on the ensuing possession. Lee now has a team best three interceptions on the season. He finished the game with a team-leading eight tackles according to press box stats.

 

K Jason Myers:

After making a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, Jason Myers now has a career and franchise high seven made field goals in a game. Myers is only the sixth kicker in NFL history to make seven field goals in a game. Additionally, he finished the game with a career high 24 points which are the second most points by a kicker in NFL history behind Rob Bironas’ 26.

 

RB Bilal Powell:

With 4:32 left in the fourth quarter, Powell rushed for seven yards, bring his career total to 3,245 and passing Shonn Greene for 10th place on the franchise’s all-time rushing list.

Among the backs in the Jets top 10, Powell’s 4.36 career yards per carry average ranks second to only Freeman McNeil.

 

WR Terrelle Pryor:

After the defense forced a turnover, Sam Darnold capped an eight-play, 43-yard scoring drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor, helping the Jets retake the lead 17-13. Sunday’s win marks the first time Pryor’s has consecutive games with a touchdown.

He finished the game with a season-high five catches for 57 yards and the touchdown.

 

LB Avery Williamson:

Late in the second quarter, CB Morris Claiborne tipped a pass from Andrew Luck that was intercepted by Avery Williamson for a 31-yard return. It was Williamson’s first INT with the Jets and the third of his career.

The team’s leading tackler this season, he finished the game with five tackles, two passes defensed and the interception.

 

Series:  

  • IND leads the series 32-42, Postseason 3-1, (Series @ Metlife: 15-22, Postseason 1-0)

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

https://www.newyorkjets.com/

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FFC 31 Night of Champions weights from Las Vegas

Final Fight Championship (FFC) Founder & CEO, Orsat Zovko, held the very first FFC weigh-in ceremony in Las Vegas, and did so, with an ear-to-ear smile and an excitability that was simply palpable. The man behind one of the fastest growing combat sports promotion companies in the world welcomed everyone to the official weigh-ins for “FFC 31 Night of Champions”, which takes place Friday, Oct. 12 (10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. PST) at the all-new Fight Dome Las Vegas, located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

“I’m very excited that all of the years worth of preparation and planning has finally paid off and FFC is ready to launch here in Las Vegas”, said Zovko “We are looking forward to showcasing our quality product and brand to a nationwide audience live on CBS Sports Network.”

Doors open for “FFC 31 Night of Champions” at 5:30 pm (PST) and the event will broadcast live on CBS Sports Network starting at 7:00 pm (PST), 10:00 pm (EST). For more information visit www.finalfightchampionship.com or follow FFC on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @FFCFighting.

Here are the weigh-in results from the FFC 31 Night of Champions participants.

WBU Cruiserweight Championship (Boxing)
Dennis “The Mongoose” Morris (14-2-1), Milwaukee, WI, 197.4 lbs
Shawn Miller (18-4-1), Troy, NY, 197.2 lbs

FFC Welterweight Championship (Kickboxing)
Francois “Bang Bang” Ambang (18-7-1), Mechanicsville, VA, 169.8 lbs
Shkodran “The Albanian Warrior” Veseli (83-18-1), Zurich, Switzerland, 168.8 lbs

FFC Heavyweight Championship (Kickboxing)
Jhonata Diniz (16-5-0), Curitiba, Brazil, 230 lbs
Mladen “The Scorpion Sting” Brestovac (54-14-1), Zagreb, Croatia, 261 lbs

FFC Welterweight Championship (MMA)
Ben Egli, (10-2-0), Tigard, Oregon, 170 lbs
Roberto Augusto “Facada” Neves, (10-3-0), Sao Paulo, Brazil, 169.2 lbs

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World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation Announces Inaugural PPV card Johny Hendricks vs. Brennan Ward Chris Leben vs. Phil Baroni To headline “Rise of the Titans

World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) has officially announced the Pay-Per-View fight card for its inaugural event, “Rise of the Titans”, to be headlined by a WBKFF middleweight title fight between Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks and “Irish” Brennan Ward, as well as Chris “The Crippler” Leben and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, Friday, November 9, at Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Integrated Sports Media will distribute “Rise of The Titans”, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, in North America on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV and DISH in the United States, as well as Rogers, Shaw, Bell TV and SaskTel in Canada, and live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website, for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) and will be available to purchase by going online here:

https://ev9.evenue.net/cgibin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventInfo?ticketCode=GS%3ACEC%3ACEC19%3ABKB%3A&linkID=cec&shopperContext=&pc=&caller=&appCode=&groupCode=C&cgc=&RSRC=WEB_PR&RDAT=WBKFF 

Ticket prices are between $200.00 – $500.00 for Ringside, $50.00, $30.00, $20.00, $10.00 in the 100 Level Grandstands.

“I am super excited about our first show on November 9th,” newly named WBKFF President Bas Rutten said. “Every single person I’ve talked to me who has heard about this event let me know what a crazy good card we have. I must admit, they are correct! I would love to talk about each fight on the card, but will do that in interviews coming up, so I will just mention a few right now. Brennan Ward versus Johny Hendricks as main event; two KO artists going at it, can’t get any better than that. Chris Leben versus Phil Baroni, both known for their KO’s in MMA, but now, bareknuckle? Sign me up! Shawne Merriman versus Mike Bourke; Merriman is a former NFL Linebacker with a crazy vertical leap of 41.5″ (he’s a heavyweight!) facing off against Mike Bourke, a guy who everybody knows can hit. And let’s talk about our lady’s fight. Pro boxer Jasmine Clarkson versus Christina Marks, who has 10 MMA wins with 8 finishes. So, expect great competitive fights, and I hope to see you in Casper Wyoming on November 9th. If you can’t make it, please watch on PPV! Godspeed and bare-knuckle on!”

Hendricks, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, is a former UFC middleweight champion. A past NCAA wrestler out of Oklahoma State University, Hendricks is a powerful striker who was the original WEC middleweight champion. The Oklahoma native captured the coveted UFC title belt in 2014, taking a unanimous decision from Robbie Lawlor at UFC 171 in Dallas.

Ward, who comes from Waterford, Connecticut, is a powerful striker, as well, who was a top contender in Bellator for several years. A collegiate wrestler, as well, he was the Bellator Season 9 middleweight champion

The previously announced Nov. 9 co-featured event is a much-anticipated, entertaining showdown between a pair of legendary MMA fighters, Chris “The Crippler” Leben, of Portland, and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, for the WBKFF light heavyweight title.

MMA veteran Mike “The Rhino” Bourke will be the opponent for retired All-Pro linebacker Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman,who recently signed with WBKFF to make his combat sports pro debut on “Rise of The Titans”, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.

The 34-year-old Merriman played eight seasons in the NFL between 2005 and 2012 for the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills. He was drafted out of the University of Maryland in the first round, 12th overall pick, by the Chargers in the 2005 NFL draft. The six-foot, 275-pound Bourke, hailing from La Habra, California, knocked out living legend Ken Shamrock in the opening round of his most notable career fight.

WBKFF will also launch its $100,000 Lightweight Tournament, showcasing eight fighters in four separate bouts to determine the semifinalists for WBKFF’s second event, culminating with the championship final in its third event. A draw to determine the quarterfinal matches will soon be conducted.

Tournament contestants include UFC veterans Issac Vallie Flagg, along with veteran MMA fighters Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, Ireland-native Jay “The Mellow Fellow” Cucciniello, Estevan “El Terrible” Payan, Robbie “Problems” Peralta, Mike “The Greek Assassin” Bronzoulis, and South African Leon “The Iron Lion” Mynhardt.

Las Vegas middleweight Joey Angelo squares off with Albuquerque’s Julian “Nitrane” Lane, while last year’s Ultimate Fighter runner-up Christina Marks, of San Diego, takes on professional boxer Jasmine Clarkson for the WBKFF Women’s Flyweight Championship.

The PPV opener will feature Internet MMA sensation Chris “Mighty Mouse” Yarborough meets fellow Virginian, Brandon Dunivan, in a middleweight clash for home state bragging rights,

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Additional undercard fights will be live-streamed prior to the PPV broadcast with full details to be announced.

Newly adopted rules including holding and striking, spinning backfists and hammer fists will be used in all WBKFF fights, which will be contested in a traditional boxing ring for optimum viewing and safety. All men and women’s matches will feature five (two-minute) rounds.

INFORMATION:
Website: www.WBKFF.com
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New York City FC Re-Signs Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring to Long-Term Contracts

New York City FC today announced that Alex Callens, Sean Johnson and Alex Ring have all agreed to new long-term contracts with the Club. The trio will remain in New York City for 2019 and beyond after agreeing to terms on multi-year deals.

 

All three players, key figures in the City locker room, joined the Club ahead of the 2017 MLS season and have since gone on to make a combined 190 appearances across all competitions.

 

The signings are a critical development in the ongoing sustainability of the Club according to Sporting Director Claudio Reyna.

 

“All three are entering the prime years of their careers, so it’s fantastic to keep consistency and stability within the team. It’s exciting news for all of us to tie them down to long-term deals.”

 

Callens, Johnson and Ring are vital components to the spine of the team and have played pivotal roles in City’s successful spell the past two seasons.

 

“They’re leaders off the field and they’ve been top professionals from the first day they arrived,” said Reyna. “They’ve elevated our Club with their professionalism and determination to make themselves, this Club and this team better and better.”

 

Known amongst fans as “NYCFC’s Iron Man,” Callens began his NYCFC career showing off his metal. Beginning March 5, 2017, the Peruvian went on a a remarkable run of 3,585 consecutive minutes played in MLS regular season matches. During that span, Callens helped anchor a defense which kept 10 clean sheets.

 

Callens has also contributed at the other end of the pitch throughout his time in New York. In 65 matches with the Club, the central defender has found the back of the net three times, most recently to earn a 1-1 draw with Atlanta United on June 9.

 

His stellar play recently earned him an opportunity to represent Peru once again at the international level.

 

Callens said: “I am very happy, very happy that the Club has confidence in me and I think the only way to repay that is to work at 100% and give it my all.

 

“The fans have always supported me, they’re always cheering us on, in the bad times and the good, they are always there supporting. That gives us confidence, and when we go out on the field we hope to give them joy.”

 

Sean Johnson has seen his career elevate since joining City in 2017. Johnson matched a career high in shutouts in his first season with seven, something the U.S. international hadn’t done since 2011 with the Chicago Fire. The shot-stopper’s form in the first half of 2017 saw him return to the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 

Johnson’s 2018 campaign has built off his 2017 success. For the first time in his career, Johnson has kept double-digit clean sheets (10). In July, Johnson broke Club records by going 396 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal which included four shutouts.

 

Johnson said: “I knew that once I played my first game with the club, it was somewhere I wanted to be for a very long time. Everybody from the organizational side has made me feel at home: the fans, the front office and my teammates.

 

“For me, the commitment, with us three going forward, the expectations is always to lift trophies. I think us three kind of embody that and we want to spread that. Hopefully, we are here for a very long time and we are able to instill those things in anybody that comes into the Club from here on out.”

 

Alex Ring became the fifth NYCFC player to be selected to an MLS All-Star team in 2018. Known league-wide for solidifying the spine of the City squad, the Finnish midefielder has shown his versatility by playing as a make-shift center back at times as well as scoring two goals playing in more forward positions.

 

Ring’s two goals in City blue have come in crucial moments in their respective matches. Trailing by a goal in hostile confines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ring sent a rocket past Brad Guzan as City came from behind to earn a point against Atlanta United. His second goal turned out to be the one that clinched City’s spot in the 2018 playoffs.

 

Ring said: “I am very happy with the way the Club and the fans have taken care of me and my family. The way they have embraced us – it wasn’t a big decision for me to continue here and sign with this great club.

 

“Just like I said once I signed here for the first time, I don’t do a lot of talking outside of the pitch, I try to do it on the field and I try to represent my Club the best I can and I think that’s what they also appreciate. I am maybe not the most technical guy, but they know I’m going to play my heart out on the pitch. I just want to thank the fans for acknowledging that and always pushing me and the team.”

 

In addition to being great role models, these three players also carry the values Reyna and the Sporting Department wish to project, allowing newcomers to easily assimilate into the environment that’s been created at the recently-opened Etihad Airways City Football Academy in Orangeburg.

 

Reyna added: “Not just in MLS, players generally are moving clubs more and more, so being able to keep consistency in the spine of our roster is huge. To be able to keep these three players allows us to keep consistent voices in the locker room, players who know what this Club is about and the culture that we’ve built.

 

“When new players arrive to the club, they’ll know we have three leaders and top quality professionals to listen to and to follow.”

 

Johnson and Ring will be supporting Soccer Day in New York City on Monday October 15, when 10 more New York City Soccer Initiative mini-soccer pitches come online across the five boroughs, as part of the partnership between NYCFC, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Etihad Airways and adidas.

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

https://www.nycfc.com/