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Gotham FC and Washington Spirit Battle to 1-1 Draw on Sunday

In the battle of the East Coast NWSL Rivals, Gotham FC and the Washington Spirit battled it out to a 1-1 draw in NWSL action on Sunday at Audi Field.

Thankfully for those who are Gotham FC fans the team is able to remain at the top of the table with the draw, as they have 17 points.

Gotham FC got on the scoreboard in the opening minutes when defender Bruninha found the back of the net in the 22′ thanks to an assist by Taylor Smith. NY/NJ side tried to increase their lead around the 54′ when Yazmeen Ryan made a diving header that went into the net. Unfortunately for fans of Gotham FC that goal was disallowed upon the VAR review.

Fans are encouraged to check out the following Gotham FC videos from after the 1-1 draw vs the Spirit…video are compliments of Gotham FC:

Head Coach Juan Carlos Amorós 

Defender Bruninha
Washington Spirit fans are encouraged to check out the following video featuring thoughts from Head Coach Mark Parsons along with Aubrey Kingsbury and Paige Metayer. ..Video is compliments of the Washington Spirit

Thus far Gotham FC has played well on the road as 11 of their 12 goals have come when they are on another team’s turf. 2023 has been a stellar year thus far for the ladies, as they have been able to score more goals this season than they did in 2015 (10), 2019 (9) and 2022 (8).

Fans at Audi Field, creating an festive atmosphere got to see their team tie up the game in the 69′ when Paige Metayer found the back of the net.

There was a milestone moment for the Spirit as Ashley Sanchez made her 50th career regular season appearance-all with the same team. Sanchez becomes the 18th Spirit player to reach 50 appearances.
After some back-and-forth action, when the final whistle blew things remained a 1-1 draw, and both walked away with the point.

Up next for Gotham FC is going to be a treat, as the team has been able to break the ticket sale record at Red Bull Arena for the match on June 4. That is when the ladies are going to go up against Alex Morgan and the San Diego Wave. The start of the action between these two clubs is set for 5:30 p.m.

As for the Washington Spirit they are going to next be in action on June 3, when they host Racing Louisville for a match at Audi Field that is set for 8:00 p.m.

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Thriller at Belson Stadium as NYCFC II defeats FC Cincinnati 2, 2-1

New York City FC II (5-3-1) had themselves a quick turnaround in hosting Toronto FC II and FC Cincinnati 2 on Thursday and Sunday.

The guys responded positively to the quick turnaround, as they quickly and frequently attacked the FC Cininnati 2 net and eventually wound up the night with the huge three points via a 2-1 victory.

Fans are encouraged to check out the following video that sees NYCFC II getting ready for the match vs FC Cincinnati 2:

NYCFC II got their first attempt at the 5′ when Jack Beer got himself a left footed shoot that was saved by FC Cincinnati 2 Keeper Paul Walters. Then minutes later Beer and his hustle got rewarded with this first goal of the game via a right footed shot at the 7′.

Also check out the following photo gallery from the match. Taken by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

FC Cincinnati 2 showed great heart, and got themselves opportunities, the first came at the 8′ when Benjamin Stitz blasted a left footed shot from the center of the field that got saved by NYCFC II Keeper Alexander Yagudayev.

There was a ton of ball possession by both teams, as they sprinted up and down the field to see who would get the next attempt on the net.

Check out the following video Featuring Head Coach Head Coach Matt Pilkington:

Fans are also encouraged to check out the following video featuring thoughts from Jack Beer:

It was around the 20′ that Jonathan Jiménez attempted a laser of a right footed shot that was saved. NYCFC II continued their momentum at the 26′ Piero Elias tried for an attempt that just missed the cage.

Jiménez showed off some impressive moves throughout the match, and in addition to that showed off a fine display of shooting as he had an attempt that was saved at the 38′.

With the teams heading into the Half with the host leading 1-0, as they came out of the locker to start the second one could tell there was more urgency seen on the side of FC Cincinnati 2 to try to find the equalizer.

With fans at Belson Stadium oohing and ahhing with every attempt that was made, it was NYCFC II that was able to increase their lead on a goal by Massimo Murania Yankowitz, as he headed an assist by Beer.
FC Cincinnati 2 was not out of the match yet though as a goal by Stitz at the 78′ got the fans in attendance starting to bite their nails with nerves and anticipation of what may happen next.

After that it was a ton of physical and intense play, it was NYCFC II and their stellar team play that wrapped up the win and the three points in victory.

Up next for NYCFC II they head to Joe Davis Stadium to take on Huntsville in MLS NEXT Pro action. The start of the match between these two squads is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Tale of two Halves for the New York Liberty as team rallies to defeat Connecticut, 81-65

It was a tale of two halves for the New York Liberty (2-1) as the team rallied in the second half of play to get the 81-65 victory over the Connecticut Sun (3-1). This was the Liberty’s second victory of the WNBA season as the team continues to gel and get chemistry with the other.

Playing in front of an epic crowd at the Barclays Center, as they were also on hand for the AAPI Heritage Game, the ladies showed why they are going to be a team that fans are going to want to come back and see in action.

The team overall finished on a 47.1% (32-68) shooting from the field night, to go along with a 40.9% (9-22) from three, in addition the ladies shot well from the charity stripe going 61.5%.

Fans of the New York Liberty are encouraged to check out the following Post Game Press Conference video. Included are thoughts from Head Coach Sandy Brondello along with Courtney Vandersloot and Breanna Stewart. Video is compliments of the New York Liberty:

Connecticut got on the scoreboard early, and went on a 10-2 run from the 6:03 mark of the first to the 4:21 mark.

New York then regained momentum and found their offensive rhythm, as when the action concluded they say three players finish with double-figure scorers in Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot and Sabrina Ionescu.

Stewart had herself a night, as she finished the game with a game-high 21 points on 43.8% (7-16) shooting from the field. That includes a 50% mark (3-6) from three to go along with six steals, five assists and a game-high four blocks.

Another highlight performance came from Vandersloot, as she had her first double-double in her career in New York. Vandersloot finished the game with 18 points on 70% (7-10) shooting from the floor, that included 66.7% (2-3) shooting from three. In addition, Vandersloot showed off her amazing court vision by having a game-high 10 assist, while also grabbing three rebounds.

When it comes time to shooting from beyond the arc, Ionescu continues to show she ranks amongst one of the best, as she had a tremendous performance for the team. Ionescu wound up with 17 points, going 44.4% from three to go along with seven rebounds and three assist.

In the game vs the Sun, Sabrina knocked down her 150th career three-pointer, that milestone was reached around the 7:33 mark of the first quarter.

The other milestone moment for the team came thanks to Stefanie Dolson, as she tallied her 500-career assist at the 1:19 mark of the first quarter. There was also a special moment that happened for the team at the 8:55 mark when the team’s 2022 No. 5 overall selection Nyara Sabally scored the first basket of her WNBA career.

Up next for the New York Liberty is going to be an emotional game, as Stewart gets to return to Seattle to take on the Storm on May 30.

Stewart played from the 2016-2022 season with the Storm, and while she was there made her name in the WNBA. In her time with the team the forward won two WNBA Championships, was named to the WNBA All-Star team three teams among her many future Basketball Hall of Fame Accomplishments.

The action between the Liberty and Storm is set for 9:00 p.m. with fans wanting to catch the action can do so by checking out the ESPN 2 Network.

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First time for everything as New York City FC faces their first Home loss to Philadelphia

Playing against the Philadelphia Union for the first time at Citi Field in front of a packed crowd at Citi Field, New York City FC got off to a great start, but at the end of the match fell by the score of 3-1 on Saturday Night.

Prior to the start of the match New York City FC entered the pitch at Citi Field and fans can check out the video below to check out that moment:

NYCFC got to a great start, as they had the majority of the ball possession and plenty of scoring opportunities.

The Boys in Blue got started off at the 7′ when Gabriel Pereira had a left footed shot that was saved by the Philadelphia Union keeper Andre Blake.

Philadelphia had their first attempt at the 9′ when Dániel Gazdag missed a right footed shot from outside the box. Then NYCFC turned the momentum around with a shot by Richard Ledezma.

Soccer fans are encouraged to check out the following photo gallery from the NYCFC match vs Philadelphia. Photos taken by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports:

The next best attempt came at the 18′ mark for Philadelphia, when Kai Wagner shot with his right foot from outside the box, that was denied by NYCFC keeper Luis Barraza. At the 22′ Andres Jasson had himself a great header that just missed the cage as the team attacked the cage in front of an electric crowd.

Around the 25′ Leon Flach missed a right footed shot from the center of the box. After that a ton of back-and-forth action happened as both teams played a physical and exciting style of soccer.

It was around the 30′ mark that Pereira made his mark with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner for the 1-0 lead. That goal was assisted by Ledezma. Then in the 35′ Tayvon Gray tried to increase the team’s lead with a right footed shot.

Pereira has played well for the squad, as he has been able to score four goals in MLS this season. In addition, the forward attempted six shots against the Union, which is the highest total for a New York City player in MLS this season.

Fans of New York City FC are encouraged to check out the following video featuring thoughts from Head Coach Nick Cushing:

Another interesting stat came with the assist by Ledezma, as he has been able to set up his fourth goal this season, that makes him the Club’s assist leader.

The Philadelphia Union though, using their great speed and attacking ability found their first goal of the night, when Julián Carranza got a beauty of an assist by Jack Elliot to tie up the match.

Carranza struck again in extra time, getting a great feed from Mikael Uhre, he was able to blast the second goal of the night into the bottom left corner.

At the half, the Union were able to mainain their momentum and iced the game thanks to a penalty kick by Gazdag .

There were some good opportunities afterward, but ultimately it was the Union and their defense that stood tall and wound up the game with three points.

For NYCFC there are plenty of bright spots, as the team had a 59.3% possession %, 493 total passes in addition to a 85.2 passing accuracy %.

What is going to be even better is the fact that the team has a quick turnaround and a return to the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium, as the Boys in Blue host FC Cincinnati in MLS action on 5/31. The start of the match is set for 7:30 p.m.

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

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Washington Mystics regain winning ways in 71-69 victory over Chicago

It is the style of play that those who are fans of the Washington Mystics (2-2) hope to see more frequently as beautiful passing, hard cuts to the rim and overall clutch shooting were all featured as the team regained their winning ways in a 71-69 victory over the Chicago Sky (2-1) on Friday.

Seeing great poise and chemistry throughout the night the Washington Mystics found the style that made them so impressive when they got their first win against the New York Liberty in the teams Home Opener on May 19.

Gaining the team’s Hard Hat Player of the game award on this night is Elena Delle Donne as she impressed many with both her offensive and defensive style.

The performance for those in the Chicago area is one that might have seemed familiar as Delle Donne spent some time with the Sky prior to heading to the Washington D.C. area.

Fans of the Washington Mystics are encouraged to check out the video below as Head Coach Eric Thibault along with Shakira Austin and Delle Donne shares these thoughts after the team’s victory over the Sky…video is compliments of the Washington Mystics:

In the first game in Chicago since 2019, Delle Donne had an impressive homecoming, as she finished the night with 25 points. In those points included a huge three-pointer with 22.4 seconds remaining to lift her squad to the victory.

There was not only the shooting, but there was also an impressive court vision as several sweet passes were seen throughout the game, including one to Austin, as she finished the play with a strong move to the basket.

Austin busted out her best video game moves throughout the night as the forward/center finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

In the welcome to the WNBA moment of the game went to Li Meng at the 6:11 mark on the Second Quarter hit a deep three for her first bucket in the WNBA, and it is going to be fascinating to see how Coach E utilizes her and the rest of the roster as the season progresses.

There was definitely a theme of team play for the Mystics as just about everyone on the roster saw time on the floor against the Sky.

The shot of the night for the Mystics came from Kristi Toliver as she created a four-point play. It is one heck of a shot by Toliver as she was deep in the corner, close to her Mystics teammates and during the timing of her shot got fouled by one of the members of the Sky.

There were some impressive stats as the Mystics were able to make 16 of 20 from the free-throw line while Chicago made 9 of 13. Not only that but the Mystics had an impressive 41.2% three-point shooting performance and stole the ball 10 times in the game.

Up next for the Washington Mystics they get a chance to host the new look Dallas Wings in the Entertainment and Sports Arena with the tip of the game set for 7:00 p.m.

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Rematch for the ages as New York City FC and Philadelphia Union meet for the first time in 2023

There is a ton of history surrounding New York City FC and Philadelphia as during the 2021 and 2022 season these two clubs met in the Eastern Conference Finals.

During the magical 2021 Campaign it was the Boys in Blue coming out on top by a final of 2-1 and eventually winning the MLS Championship, while the 2022 Campaign turned out a tad differently as the Union, who had felt they were a better squad backed up their claim with a 3-1 victory.

There has been a lot that has changed for New York City FC, as this year’s version is one of the younger squads in Major League Soccer this season with an approximate age of 23.9. There has been a rollercoaster of a ride for the guys, as they have played well at home which is a great sign as they return to Citi Field on Saturday.

Fans of NYCFC are encouraged to check out the following video as Head Coach Nick Cushing shares these thoughts prior to the match:

Fans are also encouraged to check out the following video as Defender Thiago Martins shares these thoughts:

The Union meanwhile are looking great, as they have won 13 of the last 15 points in league play over their last five matches.

One of the things that NYCFC can point to is the fact that they have been able to battle in all the matches that they have been in. In the matches against the New England Revolution the team showed great heart and in the last road match against Orlando City; the guys got a clutch goal from Gabe Segal in the 89th minute.

It was after that match that the fans of the team got to see a unifying moment, where the guys stood at center field for a team huddle. It was in that moment that Martins said some words to his teammates.

After that he and the rest of the squad had some time to reflect and train for this moment and rematch as this is the first time in the 2023 season where these two great Major League Soccer Clubs have a chance to see who the better of the two teams are.

Fans can see for themselves how all the action is going to play out by heading to Citi Field and purchasing tickets for the 7:30 p.m. match or catching the action on the Apple TV -MLS Season Pass.

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New York City FC II rallies and sees victory over Toronto FC II

In what was an action-packed soccer match New York City FC II (4-3-1) defeated Toronto FC II (2-6-1) in MLS NEXT Pro action in Queens, NY.

Toronto FC II displayed a very aggressive pressing style and overall defensive play; the team saw their first offensive opportunity when Theo Rigopoulos tallied a great shot early on in the match. Then around the 21′ Jordan Faria had himself an opportunity that was saved by NYCFC II Keeper Alexander Yagudayev.

It was in the 36 Minute that Toronto FC was rewarded for their offensive pressure when Alec Diaz came storming down the field and blasted a right-footed shot for the first goal of the night.

Fans of New York City FC II are encouraged to check out the following photo gallery. Photos taken by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports: