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New York City FC Edged by Toronto FC 1-0

VIDEO: New York City FC stars Keaton Parks and Gary Mackay-Steven share these thoughts after the club’s 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on 9/23.

New York City FC and Toronto FC have always had some epic encounters, with the club from Canada always having the edge in each one. The result on Wednesday was no different as Toronto was able to earn a 1-0 victory over the Boys in Blue.

Continuing to play an aggressive brand of soccer, New York was able to record 10 shots (five that were more of the goal scoring opportunity)  in the First Half of play. Toronto, meanwhile could not figure out the NYCFC defense recording three shots (one on target).

Some of the offensive highlights in the First came from Taty Castellano,  Alex Callens and Alex Ring to only name a few. The Second Half of play was just as exciting as New York City FC continued its brilliant chances, great opportunities by Gary Mackay-Steven was stuffed by Toronto FC keeper Alex Bono.

Even though New York had some tremendous defense, it was a penalty kick by Toronto FC Alejandro Pozuelo that won the match, and putting an end to New York City FC’s six-match unbeaten streak.

New York City FC who currently ranks Sixth Place in the Major League Soccer standings will have a match at Red Bull Arena against FC Cincinnati at 7:00PM.

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New York Mets Launch Mr. Met Digital Bobblehead

Mr. Met

The New York Mets announced recently that the team will bring Mr. Met to their fans in the unique form of a digital bobblehead giveaway. As the name suggests, a digital bobblehead replicates the fan-favorite collectible in the digital medium through a high-quality 3D model which is viewable in the browser of any smartphone or tablet. In addition to the familiar bobbling head motion, the digital figure can be viewed from any angle, revealing rich design details. The underside of the figure contains a value-added user bonus which is revealed by a digital scratch-off card.

The Mr. Met digital bobblehead features the beloved mascot in his familiar thumbs-up pose. The giveaway also links to a video retrospective of Mr. Met through the years and the scratch-off underneath the figure reveals a link to additional exclusive Mr. Met content that users may access and download for a limited time. The digital figure will be hosted on the team’s mobile website (www.mets.com) and a link will be distributed to all fans on the team’s email list. The giveaway is sponsored by team partner Citi.

“We are thrilled to provide our loyal fans a digital Mr. Met Bobblehead since they have been unable to see him in person at Citi Field this season,” Executive VP and Chief Revenue Officer Lou DePaoli said. “We look forward to our fans enjoying this very innovative and interactive giveaway.”

The Mr. Met giveaway was created by Digital Giveaways Group LLC (“DiGG”), a New York early-stage company that is pioneering the next generation of sports and event giveaways by migrating traditional formats, including bobbleheads, to a browser-based digital platform. The initiative was facilitated by AthLife, Inc, a DiGG affiliate.

About Digital Giveaways Group LLC

Digital Giveaways Group LLC (DiGG) is an early-stage company pioneering the next generation of sports and event giveaways by migrating traditional formats like bobblehead dolls to a browser-based digital platform. In addition to being one of the few viable methods of broad fan engagement available during the COVID-19 pandemic, digitization also modernizes giveaways by adding interactivity, user and usage data capture, and performance metrics.

About Athlife, Inc.

Established in 2004, AthLife, Inc. is a privately owned company that holds service contracts with many sports and entertainment properties including Marvel Entertainment, the NBA & G League, NFLPA, The Trust (powered by the NFLPA), Major League Soccer, Major League Soccer Players Association, National Basketball Retired Players Association, and college and university athletic departments. Since 2010, AthLife has helped facilitate hundreds of events and activations for and in conjunction with our partners.

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VIDEO: New York City FC Press Conference 9/22

VIDEO: New York City FC Head Coach Ronny Deila along with Nicolás Acevedo share these thoughts prior to a match vs Toronto FC on 9/23

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New York City FC Announces Remainder of Regular Season Schedule

New York City FC today announced the final nine games of the 2020 MLS Regular Season.

NYCFC will travel to Florida to face Inter Miami CF on Saturday, October 3 for the Club’s first trip to the expansion side. The two teams met at the “MLS is Back Tournament” for the first time which resulted in a crucial 1-0 win for NYCFC which ultimately sent them through to the knockout stages.

The Club will return to play two games at home – Tuesday, October 6 vs. D.C. United and Sunday, October 11 against the New England Revolution.

The Boys in Blue will then head out on the road for two consecutive games. The first will see the Club travel back to Florida to face Orlando City SC on Wednesday, October 14 followed by a trip to take on Columbus Crew SC on Sunday, October 18.

Back-to-back games against our neighbors from the North round out the month of October. The Club will play the Montreal Impact for the first time this season on Saturday, October 24. Four days later, NYCFC will play Toronto FC in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Sunday, November 1 will feature another Hudson River Derby as NYCFC face the Red Bulls. Decision Day will round out the regular season on Sunday, November 8 as the Club travels to the Windy City and finishes the campaign against Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field.

All games are scheduled to be televised live on YES Network (subject to change based on New York Yankees playoff TV schedule). Additionally, games will be streamed on radio in English and Spanish at www.nycfc.com/radio.

Major League Baseball recently announced that all playoff games played after the Wild Card Series (September 29 – October 2) will take place at neutral sites. With the exception of the Hudson River Derby venue being TBD, all NYCFC home games are currently scheduled to be played at Red Bull Arena. The Club, in partnership with the New York Yankees and MLS, are exploring options to host both regular season and playoff matches at Yankee Stadium.

The Club will also continue to provide at home experiences with the official pre-game show “At Home with The Cooligans, presented by El Jimador”, interactive Cisco Webex rooms and much more.

Upcoming NYCFC Schedule:
Saturday, October 3 @ Inter Miami CF – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6 vs. D.C. United – 7:00 p.m. (Red Bull Arena)
Sunday, October 11 vs. New England Revolution – 7:00 p.m. (Red Bull Arena)
Wednesday, October 14 @ Orlando City SC – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 @ Columbus Crew SC – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 vs. Montreal Impact – 7:30 p.m. (Red Bull Arena)
Wednesday, October 28 @ Toronto FC – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 vs. Red Bulls – Time TBD (Venue TBD)
Sunday, November 8 @ Chicago Fire FC – 3:30 p.m.

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Washington Spirit to play for DC SCORES in the 2020 Verizon Community Shield

The Washington Spirit is proud to announce that the club will be playing for DC SCORES during the Verizon Community Shield competition. The Verizon Community Shield is a partnership between the National Women’s Soccer League and Verizon, where each of the NWSL’s nine clubs will partner with small businesses or programs in their community.

The team with the most points at the end of the Fall Series will be awarded the Verizon Community Shield. $25,000 will be awarded to the community partner of the team with the most points, with the second-place team donating $15,000 and the third-place team $10,000.

DC SCORES utilizes a unique combination of soccer, poetry, and service-learning to create neighborhood teams that give 3,000 kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. The Spirit and DC SCORES became official community partners in April of 2020.

Spirit owner Steve Baldwin had this to say about the DC SCORES partnership: “My friend Devin Talbott introduced me to DC SCORES shortly after I joined the Spirit and I have been very fortunate to develop a great relationship with the entire DC SCORES organization. I’m proud that they are our partner for the Verizon Community Shield, and hope we deliver a couple of more wins that will also deliver a good result for DC SCORES.”

DC SCORES Chief Executive Officer Bethany Henderson had this to say on the partnership: “We’re so grateful to the Spirit and very proud to be their official community partner. It’s so important for our young soccer players to feel connected to the broader soccer community and to have positive female role models. Thanks to the Spirit, they now have both. For the team to play the fall series on behalf of our poet-athletes is amazing, and we know there will be 3,000 new members of the Spirit Squad cheering you on from across D.C.!”

Should the Spirit come away with any of the three Verizon Community Shield prizes, Baldwin has committed to matching the donation and distributing it equally among the teams other community partners – the Youth Leadership Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s National Hospital, Comfort Cases, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now Greater DC-Baltimore, and Teens Run DC.

In 2020, the NWSL received a Small Business Administration loan, which helped continue to pay and support its world-class players as the season was put on hold. Now the NWSL is partnering with Verizon to continue to give back to those in the community of each NWSL market.

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Giants off to a rough start; 0-2 start, injuries and more

The New York Football Giants, once again, begin the 2020 NFL season losing the first two games for the 4th year in a row. They dropped a loss Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-16, where their star running back Saquon Barkley rushed 15 times for only 6 yards. This past Sunday, they lost a close outing to the Chicago Bears 17-13. As if the loss wasn’t enough, Barkley was injured in what was revealed later to be a torn ACL, keeping him out for the remainder of the season. It seems that the Giants just really can’t catch a break.

It has been a rocky road for the Giants since they last made the playoffs in 2016. Their combined record in the last 3 years is 12-36, adding 2 loses if you want to count this season. With the new playoff format that was placed in the NFL, no team is technically out of the playoff race this early in the season. The Giants are still looking to take a shot at making the playoffs, as every team does respectfully so. Recent reports state that New York is looking to sign 2x Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman to replace the injured Barkley. This is a step in the right direction, as Freeman still has some juice left in him, as he is a threat in not only in the running game but the passing game as well.

The G-Men should still have faith in their 2nd year quarterback, Daniel Jones. So far, Jones has thrown for 520 yards, 2TD, and 3INT with a total QBR of 50.7, in the first two games of the season. He is ranked 24 out of 33 quarterbacks that have played thus far this season. Some people may criticize Jones and blame him for the Giants’ woes, but it isn’t really his fault as much as people think. Jones has been already been sacked 7 times in the last two games, which is the 2nd most in the league. The offensive line hasn’t been in synch and has made it difficult for Jones to perform at his highest potential. For someone who always has to rush throws and scramble in the pocket, he really isn’t doing all that bad. Giants fans should have some faith in their QB, as Danny Dimes finished with a higher total QBR than Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady last season. The potential is there for the 23- year- old Daniel Jones. This season might not turn out the way they’d like, but they at least have another franchise QB.

Up next for the Giants will be a tough test against the San Francisco 49ers on a game to be played on 9/27.

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Washington Capitals Receiving Awards and Making Additions for 2021 Season

The Washington Capitals are keeping busy, as the team is gearing up for the 2021 Season. It was announced by the team recently that they have re-signed two players while also earning an award for the 2020 season as well.

Washington announced recently that they have re-signed forwards Brian Pinho and Daniel Spring to a two-year contract for both players. For Pinho, 25, he was able to make his NHL and Stanley Cup Playoff debut in Game 3 of the First Round against the New York Islanders on Aug. 16, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to make his debut in the playoffs (Tom Wilson, 2013; Trent Whitfield, 2000; Grant Jennings, 1988; Chris Felix, 1988).

This season, the 6’1″, 193-pound forward recorded 37 points (20g, 17a) in 62 games with the Hershey Bears, surpassing his 2018-19 total of 12 points (4g, 8a) within 31 games. The Beverly, Mass., native’s 20 goals were the second most on Hershey and he led the team in game winning goals (4) and shorthanded goals (3). Seventeen of Pinho’s 20 goals came at even strength, which tied for 11th in the AHL. Pinho was one of two Bears to play in all 62 games this season and posted the second highest plus/minus rating (16) on the team.

As for Sprong, the 5’11”, 191-pound forward recorded 33 points (12g, 21a) in 44 games between the San Diego Gulls and Hershey Bears in the AHL in 2019-20. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native also recorded two points (1g, 1a) in eight games with Anaheim.

In his Hershey debut on Feb. 29 vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Sprong recorded three points (1g, 2a), including the game-winning goal. Sprong registered a point in four of his five games with Hershey.

In 97 career NHL games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim, Sprong has 30 points (19g, 11a). Additionally, in 109 AHL games between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, San Diego and Hershey, Sprong has 98 points (44g, 54a).

In addition to the re-signings the Capitals got a post season award, as alternate captain John Carlson was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team, as voted by representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Organization recently. This marks the first time Carlson has been named to the First Team in his career (in addition to one Second Team honor, 2018-19).

Carlson joins Mike Green (2008-09, 2009-10), Scott Stevens (1987-88) and Rod Langway (1982-83, 1983-84) as the only defensemen in franchise history to be named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team.

Carlson’s 75 points in 69 games (15g, 60a) led all defensemen this season, and his 1.09 points per game were the highest total by a defenseman since Ray Bourque, Al MacInnis and Sergei Zubov in the 1993-94 season. This season, Carlson was on pace for 89 points over an 82-game season. Only nine defensemen in NHL history have recorded 89 points in a season (Paul Coffey: eight times; Bobby Orr: six times; Bourque: four times; Denis Potvin: three times; MacInnis: twice; Phil Housley, Brian Leetch, Gary Suter and Zubov: each once). Carlson’s 89 points would have been the highest by a defenseman since Bourque and Zubov in 1993-94 (Bourque: 91 points; Zubov: 89 points).

Carlson’s 60 assists led all NHL defensemen and ranked fourth among all players in the NHL (Leon Draisaitl: 67; Connor McDavid: 63; Artemi Panarin: 63). Carlson is the first defenseman to rank fourth or better in the NHL in assists in a single season since Victor Hedman in 2016-17. He became the 10th defenseman since 1979-80 to record 60 assists within his first 67 games. Over the last twenty seasons, only three other defensemen have recorded at least 60 assists in a season (Nicklas Lidstrom, twice, 2005-06 and 2007-08: 64 and 60 assists, respectively; Erik Karlsson, 2015-16: 66 assists; Brent Burns, 2018-19: 67 assists). Carlson was on pace for 71 assists prior to the suspension of the season, which would have been the highest total by a defenseman since 1993-94.

Carlson led all defensemen in game-winning goals (6), two shy of the NHL record set by Oliver Ekman-Larsson in 2015-16. He ranked seventh in the NHL in time on ice (1,699:14) and led all defensemen in time on ice per shift (0:58).

There will be a ton more moves made and Awards to receive for the Capitals so fans are encouraged to stay tuned for more updates.

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