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MLS champions NYCFC to play CONCACAF Champions League ‘home’ match in L.A.

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MLS Cup champions New York City FC will cross the country for a “home” match in the CONCACAF Champions League.

NYCFC plays Costa Rica’s Santos de Guapiles in the Champions League round of 16. The second leg will be played on Feb. 23 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, home of LAFC. NYCFC cannot play the match at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, its home venues, because they are not CONCACAF-approved. Additionally, Red Bull Stadium is not available because of renovations.

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The decision to move to Los Angeles was made because NYCFC is playing its Major League Soccer season opener at the LA Galaxy on Feb. 27.

“It is frustrating that this home game will be played on the other side of the country,” NYCFC chief executive Brad Sims said in a statement Tuesday. “However, with our season opener at LA Galaxy only a few days later and our inability to play at Yankee Stadium or one of our alternative home venues, we felt that this arrangement gave our club the best possible chance for two positive results that week as we look to do well in (the Champions League) and begin the defense of the title.”

NYCFC’s first leg against Santos will be played at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. That game was relocated because the team’s home field in Guapiles also isn’t approved for CONCACAF play.

NYCFC is coming off a victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup championship last month. The team reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 Champions League but fell to Mexico’s Tigres.



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HIGHLIGHTS: The best of new LA Galaxy midfielder Mark Delgado – LA Galaxy

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Heber brace leads NYCFC over Red Bulls in preseason opener

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Ryan, a 22-year-old New Jersey native, pulled one back for the Red Bulls in his first action since turning pro this week. Ryan played for RBNY’s academy from 2013-17, helping earn three straight Northeast Division championships from 2013-15 before heading to Pac-12 program Stanford.





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Union trade Kacper Przybylko to Chicago Fire – The Philly Soccer Page

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Philadelphia Union continued their offseason overhaul at striker on Saturday morning, trading stalwart striker Kacper Przybylko to Chicago Fire.

In exchange, the club received a massive haul of allocation money from Chicago: $1.15 million, split between $575,000 in 2022 GAM and $575,000 in 2023 GAM.

Przybylko, 28, led the club in scoring each of the past three seasons, with his 35 regular-season goals the third-most in club history (behind Sebastien Le Toux and C.J. Sapong).

“We want to thank Kacper for his efforts on and off the field with the Philadelphia Union,” Union sporting director Ernst Tanner said in a press release. “He has played a major role in some of the Union’s most memorable moments over the last few years and we wish him all the best as we continue to look to strengthen and add depth to our roster in the coming weeks.”

Przybylko was one of Tanner’s first signings, coming to the club as a trialist in 2018 after a series of foot injuries derailed his career in Europe. He entered the lineup in April 2019 and basically never left, starting 77 games and making six substitute appearances from 2019-21. Przybylko also finished as the highest scorer in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League.

(And, it should be noted, he earned the absurd nickname “Striker Muffin” from the writers of this website.)

But rumblings increased in recent weeks that Przybylko was on his way out in Philadelphia. From the player’s side, Przybylko wanted more stability than the Union were willing to give him. Rather than a long-term guaranteed contract, the Union held team options on him for both 2022 and 2023. Przybylko, who turns 29 in March, told a Polish outlet recently that he was looking for more guaranteed stability at this point in his career.

Meanwhile, the club is looking to remake the striking position, which might require a club-record outlay. Trading Przybylko adds to a war chest of allocation money already bulging after the sales of Mark McKenzie and Brenden Aaronson last offseason. In his press conference Thursday, Union manager Jim Curtin explained that “there are things that can happen which would benefit both sides” and that the club would remain active in the transfer market.

For now, though, the striker corps consists of Sergio Santos, Cory Burke, and offseason acquisition Julian Carranza, as preseason training shifts to Clearwater, Fla. next week.

With the start of the regular season five weeks away, Union fans will eagerly await news of Przybylko’s replacement.

Author: Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews is PSP’s managing editor. Since joining the site in 2014, he has reported on the Union and U.S. national teams from fifteen different venues in the U.S. and Canada. Follow him on Twitter @pfandrews.



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