New York City FC today announced YES Network will televise 26 matches this season, its most ever, starting with the squad’s season opener on Sunday, March 1 against the Columbus Crew in Columbus, Ohio at 12:30 pm. All 26 NYCFC matches televised by YES will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports GO app. Joe Tolleson and Ian Joy will return as play-by-play man and analyst, respectively.
NYCFC finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and qualified for the 2020 Concacaf Champions League for the first time in Club history. The team also advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. All 12 NYCFC players that were featured in the playoffs last season including Club captain Alex Ring and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Sean Johnson return for the 2020 season.
Additionally, Maxi Moralez, who was named to the league’s Best XI in 2019, became the third player in MLS history to record over 20 assists in a single season is back after signing a new contract.
NYCFC was the only team in MLS to feature three 10+ goal scorers last season with the attacking trio of Héber, Alexandru Mitriță and Valentin Castellanos combining for 38 goals last season. Héber scored the fourth hat trick in Club history last night in a 5-3 win over AD San Carlos.
The Club appointed Ronny Deila to become the next Head Coach of NYCFC in January. Deila, a three-time title- winning manager at multiple European clubs including Celtic FC in Scotland, joined NYCFC from Norwegian club Vålerenga. Deila won his first game in charge against AD San Carlos on Thursday in the first leg of the Round of 16 of the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
Former Manchester City Women’s Head Coach, Nick Cushing, and former NYCFC player and Academy coach Mehdi Ballouchy joined Deila’s staff. Cushing is one of the most decorated mana gers in the women’s game and won multiple titles during his time in Manchester. Ballouchy, a former midfielder for the Club, was most recently the Head Coach of the U-15s of the Club’s acclaimed Academy.
The Club also has a new Sporting Director, David Lee, who was appointed in November 2019 when Claudio Reyna departed NYCFC. Lee worked in partnership with Reyna and has been with the Club since 2014 where he began as Director of Player Recruitment. He was promoted to Technical Director in 2017 where he was instrumental in recruiting current key members of the roster who form the core of the First Team.
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