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MLS Preseason Rewind: NYCFC falls to Brondby; D.C. United wins ATX Pro Challenge; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

New York City FC opened its preseason by knocking off St. Mirren, 2-0, but the MLS newcomers found themselves on the opposite end of that scoreline when they took the field on Sunday.

Danish club Brondby handed NYCFC a 2-0 defeat on Sunday at Manchester’s City Football Academy. The match, which saw goals from Brondby’s Martin Ornskov and Ferhan Hasani, served as the NYCFC debut for Mix Diskerud, who was with the U.S. Men’s National Team for the club’s prior friendly.

Despite the result, head coach Jason Kreis says that Sunday’s loss was a major learning experience, as the club needed some mistakes to reflect on.

“We would have loved to have a better performance in our back pocket going home,” Kreis said, “but in some ways we needed some negativity as well.

“We know there is a lot of work to be done.”

NYCFC takes the field again on Saturday against Orlando City at the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Here are some more MLS preseason results from the weekend:

D.C. UNITED WINS ATX PRO CHALLENGE

To the victors go to the spoils and, for D.C. United, the spoils came in the form of an armadillo trophy.

D.C. United defeated FC Dallas, 1-0, to win the inaugural ATX Pro Challenge on Sunday in Austin, Texas.

The game’s lone goal came via Chris Rolfe, who scored the winner with a long-range effort. Following a Fabian Espindola free kick, Rolfe collected, evaded a defender and fired a shot from distance into the top corner.

With the victory, D.C. United took home the tournament’s armadillo trophy, which turned out to be a favorite of defender Bobby Boswell.

“I can say without a doubt it’s the most unique,” Boswell said. “It’s one thing to be an armadillo, but it’s a different thing to have a gunslinger belt on. For me, that takes it to the next level. D.C. United better keep their doors locked because if not, it’s coming home to me in my house.”

The two sides will meet again Friday in Frisco, Texas.

WONDOLOWSKI SCORES AS EARTHQUAKES TOP RAPIDS

Chris Wondolowski wasted little time upon his return to the San Jose Earthquakes from the U.S. Men’s National Team.

The forward scored in the 43rd minute as the Earthquakes topped the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, Sunday.

Wondolowski’s finish came in the closing moments of the first half on a sequence that was set up by the speed of Jordan Stewart. After getting down the left side, Steward played a ball to Shea Salinas who proceeded to find Wondolowski. The Rapids failed to clear their lines, giving the forward a chance to finish from close range and open the scoring.

The Earthquakes’ second finish came from JJ Koval, who fired home a Leandro Barrera assist in the 75th minute.

Following the victory, the Earthquakes will be back in action Sunday against Sacramento Republic, while the Rapids kick off the Desert Diamond Cup Wednesday against Sporting KC.

CREW TOP AZTEX TO EARN THIRD AT ATX PRO CHALLENGE

Following a loss to FC Dallas in the opening round of the ATX Pro Challenge, the Columbus Crew were given a chance to rebound Sunday agains the tournament’s hosts.

The Crew did just that by picking up a 1-0 victory over the Austin Aztex to claim third place in the tournament.

Chad Barson provided the game’s lone goal in the 85th minute by tapping home a back-post cross from Justin Meram.

The Crew’s next outing will take place Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida for a matchup with Congolese side TP Mazembe.

WHITECAPS PUSH SIX PAST UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Pedro Morales led the way for the Vancouver Whitecaps in a matchup that ended up being a goalscoring frenzy.

Morales contributed a goal and two assists as the Whitecaps topped the University of Victoria, 6-0, on Sunday.

The Chilean midfielder was joined on the scoresheet by Russel Teibert, Marco Bustos, Ovtavio Rivero, Diego Rodriguez and Kianz Froese.

The Whitecaps will now travel to Portland for the Simple Invitational which will kickoff with Saturday’s matchup with the Portland Timbers.

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What do you think of this weekend’s results? Which games and players stood out to you?

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  1. again not a NYCFC supporter but those black NYCFC kits rival Sporting KC’s argyle kits as the best I have seen on field for a MLS side.

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  2. The Danish league is about to start back up from winter break so you’re talking first team players and such rested and about to go play football in a week (but who’ve been in game shape for months) versus probably heavy reserves for a poor Scottish PL team midseason with a running schedule and a game that weekend. The coach probably won’t say that publicly because you don’t want to give the players excuses, but this scenario is about what you’d expect.

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    • NYCFC has a good midfield and pretty good attack going foward, scoring I don’t think will hold them back but that Def has to get better. They sure up that and you have a playoff team imo.

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      • I’ll probably take stick for it but Villa in this stage of his career is more setup man with single digit goals per season in which case NYCFC has lots of midfield talent but not really a bushel goalscorer. They’ll create chances but who will knock them in?

      • Villa can poach himself a few but they can score out the midfield. They have attacking mid’s so you will look for them to help score. But I will agree they need one more quality striker. Eto?

      • I think you will be in for a surprise this season.

        Even if you don’t like Villa for some reason, Tony Taylor looks like a man possessed.

      • I think Villa is good enough for maybe 10 goals but I think he’s more of a playmaker than a sniper. If you are depending on him to carry the weight — as under the current roster — I think the GF will be low.

        That’s not hating on Villa, and maybe he surprises me. I just don’t see him in the BWP/Henry mold.

        This is preseason and Taylor has 0 MLS goals and 14 for a several year career. I expect him to score but not much.

      • After watching him in preseason, I think Villa is more likely to have 10 goals in 10 games, than 10 in the whole season. He is the best striker in MLS this season.

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