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New York City FC Releases 2017 MLS Roster

Yankee Stadium for the New York City FC Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Yankee Stadium for the New York City FC Home Opener. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York City FC has released its roster for the 2017 MLS Regular Season.

The 2017 roster features 12 new offseason additions, including new Designated Player Maxi Moralez, 2015 MLS Cup champion Rodney Wallace, Venezuelan international midfielder Yangel Herrera and former Chicago Fire goalkeeper, Sean Johnson.

Peruvian international defender Alexander Callens, Finnish international midfielder Alex Ring and USL MVP Sean Okoli are also on the list along with First Round MLS SuperDraft 2017 picks, Jonathan Lewis and Kwame Awuah.

Following successful trials, John Stertzer and Ben Sweat also make the squad, along with loan signing, Panamanian international midfielder Miguel Camargo.

New York City FC has exercised its one offseason Buyout of a Guaranteed Contract on Mix Diskerud. He remains under contract with MLS.

NYCFC 2017 Roster

 

Goalkeepers

Eirik Johansen

Sean Johnson

Andre Rawls

 

Defenders

RJ Allen

Kwame Awuah

Frederic Brillant

Alexander Callens

Maxime Chanot

Shannon Gomez

Ronald Matarrita

Ben Sweat

Ethan White

 

Midfielders

Miguel Camargo

Yangel Herrera

Mikey Lopez

Maxi Moralez

Tommy McNamara

Andrea Pirlo

Alex Ring

John Stertzer

Rodney Wallace

 

Forwards

Jack Harrison

Jonathan Lewis

Sean Okoli

Khiry Shelton

David Villa

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

http://www.nycfc.com

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Athletes In Your Community: NYCFC New DP Maxi Moralez participates in City in the Community Event

Maxi Moralez. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Maxi Moralez. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Moving to New York and adjusting to a new style of soccer and a new team is not the easiest thing to do. The newest Designated Player for New York City FC Maxi Moralez is not only making that adjustment, but also decided to step-up in participating in a ‘City in the Community’ event in East Harlem on February 28.

The ‘City in the Community’ program helps students receive free soccer programming during recess and afterschool.  Even more amazing was the school where the site was P.S. 83 / P.S. 182 (BBMS) is for students who are bilingual.

Maxi Moralez spoke with the New York Media prior to participating in the ‘City in the Community’ event and fans can check out the video of his thoughts on joining the club and more below:

Fans can also check out this video which shows a bit of Maxi Moralez participating in a small-sided soccer game with the kids of P.S. 83 / P.S. 182 (BBMS)

Here is a small photo gallery from the day as well:

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

http://www.nycfc.com

 

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Notes for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v Georgetown

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The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (12-16, 6-9 BIG EAST) is currently getting ready for one of the final two home games of the season, as the guys prepare to take on Georgetown on 2/25 at Madison Square Garden in a 12 pm game.

The Red Storm have won their last two BIG EAST Games at Madison Square Garden, with victories coming against Marquette and Seton Hall. The team has averaged 82.0 points, 8.0 blocks and 8.5 steals-per-game.

This will be the 107th meeting between St. John’s and Georgetown. The Hoyas are the third-most frequently played opponent. Georgetown has won four of the last five meetings, however the Red Storm were able to win five of the last eight contests at Madison Square Garden.

Leading the way is Marcus Lovett with his 18.0 points-per-game, while Shamorie Ponds follows with 17.5 ppg, and Bashir Ahmed with his 17.o ppg.

St. John’s is tied for fifth in the nation averaging 6.0 blocks-per-game. Tariq Owens (2.3 blocks-per-game)  and Kassoum Yakwe (2.1 big) occupy the top two spots in the BIG EAST’s block chart.

What to Watch for:

This matchup will play a crucial role in determining the seeding for March’s BIG EAST Tournament, as the Red Storm and Hoyas are seperated by one game in the standings in eighth and ninth place, respectively. St. John’s enters the game with a 6-9 record in the BIG EAST Conference, while Georgetown holds a 5-10 mark.

Marcus LoVett (17.2 PPG)  and Shamorie Ponds (17.1 PPG)  continue to impress in their rookie seasons, leading the team while also ranking sixth and seventh in the conference, respecivley in scoring.  The Duo also rank fouth and sixth among NCAA freshmen in scoring.

About Georgetown:

Georgetown has dropped four of its last five contests and most recently fell to DePaul, 67-65, on Wednesday at the Verizon Center. Jesse Govan scored a game-high 18 points, while Rodney Pryor added 14 points.

The Hoyas are 2-5 on the road in BIG EAST play this season. Georgetown won back-to-back road contests at Butler (Jan 28) and DePaul (Jan 31) but since then has lost its past two road games against nationally-ranked conference opponents Villanova and Creighton.

Rodney Pryor is the third leading scorer in the BIG EAST, averaging 18.1 points-per-game. The graduate transfer from Robert Morris also ranks second in the conference with 70 3-pointers.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held by the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team to preview the upcoming game and more:

Featuring:

Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Bashir Ahmed and Malik Ellison

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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NASL Announces The New York Cosmos 2017 Schedule

New York Cosmos Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

New York Cosmos Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The North American Soccer League (NASL) and the New York Cosmos today announced their 2017 Season schedule. The Cosmos’ 2017 home opener will take place at MCU Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 pm against Miami FC. Season tickets are on-sale now.

The league’s split-season schedule will feature a 16-game Spring Season and a 16-game Fall Season. Within each season, the Cosmos will play each of its seven opponents home and away, plus two additional matchups. The Spring Season Champion and Fall Season Champion will each earn a spot – and semifinal hosting rights – in The Championship, the league’s four-club postseason tournament.

The remaining two postseason spots will go to the two clubs that collect the most combined points over the course of the overall 32-game competition (Spring and Fall Seasons).

The New York Cosmos are reigning champions of the NASL, having won their second consecutive NASL Championship and eighth overall last November, with a 4-2 win on penalties over Indy Eleven in The Championship Final.

To view the full schedule, visit nycosmos.com/schedule.

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New York Cosmos Moving to MCU Park in Brooklyn

How things will be set for the New York Cosmos match at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

How things will be set for the New York Cosmos match at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

The New York Cosmos announced today that MCU Park in Brooklyn will be the new home of the legendary soccer club. The team will host a total of 16 regular season NASL matches at MCU Park this year beginning with the home opener on April 1st.  Season ticket membership packages for the upcoming 2017 season at MCU Park will go on sale Friday, February 3rd.

“When I took control of the club on January 10th, our immediate priorities were to stabilize the NASL, re-hire the Cosmos front office personnel and coaching staff, rebuild our team roster and relocate to a fan friendly venue within the five boroughs,” said Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “In less than a month, we have achieved those objectives, including re-signing many of the starters from our 2016 Championship Team.”

“During the Cosmos’ inaugural season in 1971, the team played at Yankee Stadium,” continued Commisso. “With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are not only able to offer fans easy access to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, but we are also reconnecting the club to its original New York City roots.  Adding the excitement of Cosmos’ games to Coney Island’s already vibrant atmosphere will be a win-win for our club and soccer enthusiasts throughout the metropolitan area.”

Located just steps from Coney Island’s famed boardwalk, MCU Park is also home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the New York Mets.  The stadium sits under the majestic Parachute Jump, and is surrounded by public beaches, amusement park attractions, restaurants and bars.  This unique locale features ample parking, and is served by the D, F, N and Q subway trains and numerous bus routes from the adjacent Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue Station.

“We are thrilled to showcase MCU Park as a multi-purpose venue and welcome the Cosmos, a storied franchise in American soccer history,” said New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon.  “All New York area soccer fans will enjoy watching the Cosmos make their mark in Brooklyn.”

“With the Cosmos coming to Brooklyn, we’re adding a world class franchise to New York City’s proud soccer tradition,” said New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio.  “We couldn’t be more proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the five boroughs.”

“Coney Island has been an iconic destination for generations of New York families,” said Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. “This historic Brooklyn neighborhood’s remarkable renaissance will hopefully accelerate even further with the move of the New York Cosmos to MCU Park.”

“The New York Cosmos are back where they belong: New York City,” said New York City Councilman, Vincent Gentile.  “Cementing themselves in Brooklyn at MCU Park in Coney Island with a passionate fan base dating back to the 1970’s, the Cosmos will attract soccer fans and casual fans of the beautiful game alike.”

“Coney Island and the Cosmos are a perfect fit,” said New York City Councilman, Mark Treyger.  “I welcome the Cosmos to MCU Park and back to New York City, and look forward to seeing a whole new generation enjoy one of our city’s legendary sports clubs.”

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

http://www.nycosmos.com

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Fights but Falls to #24/22 Xavier at Madison Square Garden

The Red Storm huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Red Storm huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

It was an intense battle between the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (10-13, 4-6) and #24/22 Xavier (15-6, 5-3) that saw the Musketeers earn a 82-77 victory over the Red Storm in BIG EAST play at Madison Square Garen.

The Red Storm used a  furious second half push that saw the Johnnies trim a 15-point deficit to just two down the stretch, sadly they were not able to close out this game, though the effor and fight were shown.

Leading the way on the offense for St. John’s was Shamorie Ponds, who recorded game-high 23 points. The Freshman was able to reach the 20-point plateau for the  ninth time this season.

Marcus LoVett tallied 11 points and five assists, while Bashir Ahmed also added 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting and a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc to round out the double-figure scoring for the Red Storm.

One of the keys in this game was the rebounding efforts from Xavier, as the Musketeers outrebounded the Red Storm by a final of 45 to 26. The fight and the heart were shown by the Red Storm was something that can be used as the season goes along.

St. John’s will return to Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, playing host to the Golden Eagles of Marquette at 7 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Marcus Lovett and Shamorie Ponds:

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball shines in MSG victory over Xavier

Akina Wellere. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Akina Wellere. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team 15-7 (7-4 BIG EAST) were able to shine in New York’s brightest stage in Madison Square Garden earning a 64-55 victory over Xavier (10-12, 2-9) in BIG EAST Conference play on January 29.

Leading the way on the offense for the Red Storm was Akina Wellere who had 17 points, from 6-0f-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 shooting from the three-point arc. Jade Walker followed with 14 points and Imani Littleton had 12 points and 11 boards.

Under Head Coach Joe Tartamella, the Johnnies are 3-2 at MSG and 9-5 overall dating back to the 2003-04 season. The Red Storm has won six of the first eight contests since the series began when the Musketeers joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013-14 season.

The Red Storm will now be on the road for the next two games, and will return to Carnesecca Arena on February 10 to host  Villanova for a 8:00 pm game that will air on the FS1 network.

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

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the following Postgame Press Conference from the game:

Featuring :

Head Coach Joe Tartamella and Student-Athlete Jade Walker:

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com