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Medina’s beauty paces NYCFC to blowout win (video)

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Jesus Medina picked up a goal and an assist as New York City FC made it back-to-back wins with a 3-0 beatdown of Montreal at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

Ronald Matarrita and Jonathan Lewis also scored for NYCFC, with Maxi Moralez and Matarrita adding assists on the night.

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NYCFC held Montreal without a shot on target and forced five saves out of Evan Bush. City has seven clean sheets on the season.

Montreal falls to 2-9 away from home. The Impact had won four-straight heading into the match, and sit sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Back to Medina: The Paraguayan 21-year-old scored his first goal since April with this banger, (in)adequately catered by Montreal’s top of the box defense.

MLS: NYCFC beat Red Bulls on Maxi Moralez’s late goal

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The Domenec Torrent era has seen New York City FC hardly skip a beat, as Patrick Vieira’s former side has won two of their first three games under the new boss.

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After knocking off Toronto FC on Torrent’s debut two weeks ago, NYCFC, who currently sit second in the Eastern Conference (six points back of leaders Atlanta United), blew a 2-1 lead away to Chicago Fire and lost 3-2 last weekend. On Sunday, though, in Torrent’s first New York derby clash with the New York Red Bulls, NYCFC got a late goal from Maxi Moralez to go a point clear of their local rivals and exact a small measure of revenge for the 4-0 thrashing they suffered earlier this year.

Not long before Moralez broke through for his seventh goal of the season (to go with eight assists), it was the Red Bulls who nearly went ahead, but Kaku’s volley flashed inches wide of Sean Johnson’s left-hand post. It was the best chance for the side under Chris Armas, who took over for the recently departed Jesse Marsch (RB Leipzig) on Friday.

The defeat snaps the Red Bulls’ three-game winning streak and drops them to third place in the East, now eight points back of Atlanta following the Five Stripes’ win on Saturday.

MLS: NYCFC beat TFC in new coach Torrent’s debut

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jo Inge Berget scored twice and coach Domenec Torrent celebrated his New York City FC debut with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday.

Berget made it 2-1 in the 68th minute, following Maximiliano Moralez’s direct pass up the right channel and slotting it home.

NYCFC (9-3-4) tied it at 1 in the 51st minute on Berget’s back heel from the top of the 6-yard box.

Víctor Vazquez opened the scoring for Toronto (4-8-3) in the 37th minute. Vasquez outran his defender on Auro’s long ball up the right side and sent a chip shot over the onrushing goalkeeper.

NYCFC’s David Villa left the game in the 28th minute with a non-contact injury.

Torrent replaced Patrick Vieira in New York shortly after Vieira’s departure for OGC Nice was officially confirmed. Torrent had been the right-hand man to Pep Guardiola for the last 11 years, most recently at Manchester City.

NYCFC’s Vieira leaves MLS for Ligue 1 job at Nice

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Patrick Vieira gave two and a half years of his coaching career to New York City FC, and now the Arsenal and France legend is headed for a job in Europe.

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City Football Group, the group which owns NYCFC and Manchester City (among others), announced that Vieira will leave his post immediately after accepting the manager’s job at Ligue 1 side Nice. Vieira’s interest, as well as advanced negotiations between the manager and club, were reported by PST’s Matt Reed in mid-May.

Vieira compiled a record of 39W-22D-27L in his 88 games in charge at Yankee Stadium. He will take most of his first-team staff with him.

Rodolfo Borrell, currently an assistant coach at Man City, is the favorite to replace Vieira.

“From the beginning, City Football Group and its leadership, particularly our Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Brian Marwood, Ferran Soriano and Marty Edelman have believed in me and have helped guide me through the last eight years of my career — starting with my time as a player and ultimately culminating with my first opportunity to manage a First Team,” Vieira said in a release.

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“Khaldoon and I have been fortunate to know Patrick since he joined City Football Group in 2010,” NYCFC vice-chairman Marty Edelman said. “After being one of the most revered and successful players in the world, it has been a pleasure for us to watch his transition into coaching.”

“Patrick has been a fantastic role model at NYCFC and a true leader on and off the field. We know that leaving the Club has been a difficult decision for him but we understand his choice to return to Europe where he spent his whole playing career.”

Sources: Vieira had meeting Sunday to notify NYCFC players of Nice move

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New York City FC’s 1-1 draw against Atlanta United on Saturday afternoon wasn’t indicative of how well the side played, but it will be the last impression of Patrick Vieira as a manager in Major League Soccer.

At least for now.

Pro Soccer Talk has reported throughout Vieira’s ongoing negotiations with Ligue 1 side OGC Nice, and that move is about to be made official.

On Sunday, PST learned that Vieira scheduled a team meeting in the morning to discuss the transfer with his NYCFC players and address the club prior to moving to Nice.

Independent NYCFC podcast Blue City Radio was the first to report Vieira’s meeting.

Following yesterday’s match at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC captain David Villa was heard by YES Network audio telling Vieira, “thanks for everything,” while hugging the Frenchman on the pitch.

The former Arsenal and French international will join last season’s eighth place side on a three-year contract, as Vieira looks to take the next step in his managerial career.

A move is expected to be announced on Monday.

The 41-year-old has spent the last two-plus seasons with NYCFC, after replacing Jason Kreis ahead of the 2016 MLS season.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post’s Steven Goff has already reported that NYCFC is preparing to secure its next manager, and another Manchester City figure could come in to fill the position.

Man City assistant Rodolfo Borrell is considered to be the favorite to take over at Yankee Stadium.

He is currently an assistant under Pep Guardiola, but has past experience with NYCFC and Melbourne City — both members of City Football Group — as a liaison and international technical director.

Borrell previously worked as a scout and youth coach at Liverpool and Barcelona, making him a legitimate talent as a potential young manager.

The 47-year-old has never held a head manager position though, therefore, NYCFC would be his first job if given the opportunity.