PHOTO: New York City FC announce final badge designs, which do you like best?

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With New York City Football Club readying themselves to enter Major League Soccer in 2015, the club have now narrowed their search for a new club badge down to two selections.

And NYC FC (still not sure if that catchy moniker will stick…) have given you the chance to vote on which badge they will call their own when the club begins play in the Big Apple in less than 12 months.

Voting runs from today until Thursday March 13 and the winner will be announced on March 20. Both designs come from designer Rafael Esquer and have been chosen by NYC FC after an extensive search for the right team logo.

The first design on the right is my personal favorite with the rounded outline inspired by the old NYC subway token and the initials of NYC placed on top of each other, it resembles a similar design to the logo of the New York Yankees and New York Mets. It is simple, fresh and just seems like a badge that can be plastered across baseball caps, shirts and apparel across the globe to become instantly recognizable.

Of course the alternative, pictured on the left, isn’t entirely different but I feel like the fancy pants outline of the crest is just a little too over the top and there are too many colors going on. The shield design is inspired by world soccer but also the “historic shield of the official Seal of New York City – a mark that signifies the pioneering spirit of the early settlers,” according to the release from NYC FC. I’m still sticking with first option, keep it simple, folks. That’s my two cents on this, anyway.

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The shield look “signifies the pioneering spirit of the early settlers” in NYC.

Both are strong badges and great designs.

In a unique and pretty cool twist, you have your chance to vote for whatever badge you prefer, with fans of other MLS teams (ahem, New York Red Bulls) surely set to vote for the most unpopular option to try and scupper NYC FC’s look. Or perhaps not… We shall see.

Claudio Reyna, Sporting Director of New York City FC, is excited to launch the vote and give the people of NYC the chance to select a key component of the club’s identity.

“This badge is to be the symbol of our Club, a symbol of our players and we hope in time, a symbol of this City.  That is why we decided to give our fans the power to take part in such a fundamental way,” Reyna said. “Thanks to the work of Rafael Esquer we feel that we have two designs that truly represent our Club and our City, and we’re excited to see which badge they choose.”

Let us know which badge you prefer in the comments section below. Get voting.

MLS SuperDraft 2018 Live Tracker

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For a few dozen players, hearing their name called up to the big stage will validate all the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made since they were children.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. when Los Angeles FC is on the clock at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2018 MLS SuperDraft will be underway. Many of the top college prospects will soon find out whether they’ll be headed to the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Southeast, Southern California or anywhere in between.

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This year’s draft class is loaded with attacking talent, from Generation Adidas trio Ema Twumasi (Wake Forest), Mason Toye (Indiana) and Francis Atuahene (Michigan) to Twumasi’s college teammate Jon Bakero.

But potential No. 1 overall pick is a three-time national champion, Thomas Hilliard-Arce, who could become the anchor of a backline for a decade.

Follow along below as we update the picks live as we hear them:

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Bayern signs Germany midfielder Goretzka from rival Schalke

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich signed Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka on Friday on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Schalke effective from next season.

Bayern said the 22-year-old Goretzka signed a four-year deal from July 1 through June 2022.

Schalke, which Goretzka joined in 2013 from hometown club Bochum, said the player informed the club this week of his wish to join Bayern when his contract expired.

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“We think we did everything in the last months to convince Leon to stay with us,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said. “In the end, it wasn’t enough.”

Schalke had long been engaged in trying to get Goretzka to extend his contract, but was aware of reported interest from Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Liverpool.

“We’re very happy that Leon Goretzka, a German international with big potential, has decided in favor of Bayern despite big-name international competitors. This way it’s ensured that Leon Goretzka remains in the Bundesliga,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Goretzka scored 19 goals and set up 13 more in 130 appearances for Schalke.

The club had previously expressed its displeasure with Bayern making public statements about its player after Goretzka was praised by sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and coach Jupp Heynckes.

Heidel said “we don’t need to hear every day from the Munich people how good our player is.”

Goretzka has six goals in 12 games for Germany.

Pele hospitalized overnight in Brazil

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The most famous soccer player in the world had a scare last night as he was hospitalized in Brazil for “severe exhaustion.”

Pele, 77, was set to travel to London this weekend to be honored by the Football Writers Association, though it looks like that trip has now been postponed.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Pele collapsed and was taken to a hospital in Brazil where he has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion,” a FWA statement said. “He remains on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Thankfully, there is no suggestion of anything more serious than exhaustion.”

Here’s to hoping Pele makes a full recovery.

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USMNT centerback Carter-Vickers heads to Ipswich Town on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers has a new club to call home for the next five months or so after a rough first half of the season.

Tottenham announced Friday morning that it had loaned the U.S. Men’s National Team centerback to Championship club Ipswich Town for the rest of the season. Carter-Vickers spent the first five months of the season at fellow Championship side Sheffield United, starting 17 times though he struggled recently as Sheffield won just one game he played in during the month of December, losing three and drawing one.

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Carter-Vickers was then recalled earlier this week and now has a new home with a mid-table Championship club, with a new chance to impress. Hopefully Carter-Vickers can recover his form and continue to grow, potentially latching on to another Premier League side next year or breaking into the Tottenham first team.

There’s another interesting American tie-in to this. Carter-Vickers appears to be a short-term replacement for Ipswich Town’s Tommy Smith, who the club states is headed to join the Colorado Rapids ahead of the 2018 MLS season.