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MLS Ticker: NYCFC blanks St Mirren; Sounders sign Colombian defender Correa; and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The 2015 MLS preseason might still be in its early stages, but you would have been hard-pressed to guess that based on the way New York City FC performed on Tuesday.

NYCFC put forth an impressive performance en route to defeating Scottish side St Mirren, 2-0, in the second friendly of the MLS expansion club’s preseason. David Villa scored the winner in the first half for New York City, and Tony Taylor added a second on a powerful and well-measured half-volley after the intermission.

Jason Kreis’ side looked dominant for large stretches in the match at City Football Academy in Manchester, England, taking the game to St Mirren before Villa opened the scoring in the 33rd minute.

Here is more MLS news from Tuesday:

COLOMBIAN DEFENDER CORREA JOINS SOUNDERS

The Seattle Sounders have tapped into the Colombian market for a defensive reinforcement, signing Andres Correa on Tuesday. Correa, 21, joins the Sounders after previously playing for Fortaleza and Independiente Medellin. He has also previously represented Colombia at youth national team levels.

“We are pleased to welcome Andrés to Sounders FC,” said Seattle General manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey. “He is a dynamic, exciting young player that we believe can compete for minutes on our back line as we head into a packed season across multiple competitions.”

IMPACT FALL TO CRUZ AZUL

Preparing for an upcoming CONCACAF Champions League in Mexico, the Montreal Impact were on the losing end in a friendly against Cruz Azul on Tuesday.

The Impact opened the Mexican phase of their preseason camp by suffering a 1-0 defeat to Cruz Azul. Ismael Valadez score the lone goal in the 58th minute, and Montreal never managed to find a response.

Frank Klopas’ team was anticipating to play a reserve-filled side, but wound up facing more of Cruz Azul’s first-choice starters.

The Impact are trying to round into form ahead of their Champions League quarterfinals series against Pachuca. The first leg is at Estadio Hidalgo on Feb. 24.

TIMBERS, EARTHQUAKES PLAY TO SCORELESS DRAW

The Portland Timbers ended the Tucson, Arizona, part of their preseason preparations by settling for a goal-less draw with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The two MLS clubs met at the Kino Sports Complex on Tuesday, and Portland used more than 20 players en route to recording its second shutout in three preseason games.

The Timbers next play the Vancouver Whitecaps at Providence Park on Feb. 22 as part of the 2015 Simple Invitational.

UNION UNABLE TO SCORE IN LOSS TO ROWDIES

Florida is not being kind to the Philadelphia Union.

The Union played their second exhibition match in the Sunshine State on Tuesday, but were beaten, 1-0, by NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies. The decisive tally came via former MLS forward Corey Hertzog, who converted a 67th-minute penalty kick to lift the Rowdies to victory at the Joe Dimaggio Sports Complex.

The defeat came three days after Philadelphia suffered a 3-1 road loss to NASL expansion side Jacksonville Armada.

DYNAMO LEAVE TUCSON UNDEFEATED AFTER WIN VS WHITECAPS

Like the Timbers, the Houston Dynamo wrapped up the Tucson, Arizona, portion of their preseason camp  on Tuesday. But they did so with a win.

The Dynamo finished their time in Tucson by edging the Vancouver Whitecaps, 1-0. Jermaine Taylor netted the winner in the match that was played in three 30-minute periods, and his 52nd-minute tally improved Houston’s 2015 preseason record in the Copper State to 2-0-1.

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What did you think of NYCFC’s performance? See Correa making an impact with the Sounders this season? Do you expect the Impact to be ready in time to seriously challenge Pachuca in the Champions League?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. Correct me if wrong, but they have only 2 DPS right now, right? I’ll be fascinated to see who they bring in as DP3. Will it be another world renowned star? Tim Howard? Drogba?

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  2. I was really impressed with NYCFC, and unsurprisingly Kreis has the team ready to compete with anyone. It should be a fun year with plenty of intrigue.

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  3. Watched most of the NYCFC first half, and they’re looking like they’re going to be a dangerous team…once Lampard gets there it should be a pretty good inaugural season.

    Both of these expansion teams look set to hit the ground running, setting the bar pretty high for any teams thinking of trying to come in behind them.

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  4. If we take into account the fact that Montreal’s game against Cruz Azul was their very first game of pre-season, a 1-0 defeat against a half-reserve/half-first team top mexican team is a relatively good result. If they get out of the first leg with a defeat by 1 goal or a draw (and, even better, if they score at Estadio Hidalgo), they may make it to the semi-finals.

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    • I’m pleased with the result. The plan had been to face the Under 21 team. They ended up facing a squad that was almost entirely made up of first team players, even if not all from the regular starting 11. I’m a little disappointed the Impact aren’t streaming a tape of the game, or even highlights, but apparently the new defence played quite well.

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  5. Hmm, no lineup on nycfc.com, or mls.com. I want to see who started for NY and who subed in. Anyone find it anywhere? Beuller? Beuller?

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    • I don’t know the exact formation but Saunders in goal, Mendoza, Jacobson, Brovsky, Grabavoy, Wingert, Ballouchy, Velazquez, Facey and then Mullins behind Villa up top……Second half every one came off except Saunders and Velazquez until like 65th minute and then Shelton and Fitzgerald went in for those 2 ….. A lot of really impressive performances…Mullins, Grabavoy, Jacobson, Velazquez all played really well in the first half and then second half Nemec, Poku and Tony Taylor looked reallyy good . See NYC FC twitter page for more details

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      • I had missed the part where Tony Taylor signed for NYCFC. I remember him from the previous Olympics qualifying effort (though I try to forget as much as possible). As I recall, Taylor was actually quite impressive and looked full of potential, though his shooting was shockingly bad

    • Started:
      —–Saunders—
      Brovsky–Facey- Mendoza–Wingert
      ——–Jacobsen————–
      –Ballouchy——-Grabavoy—–
      —-Velasquez————-
      ——Mullins—–Villa——–

      2nd half:

      ——-Fitzgerald————
      Williams–Siriboe–Martinez—Brandt—
      ———-poku——Dunn———-
      -Taylor—–Alvarez——Shelton—-
      ————–Nemec—————-

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    • I’ve been impressed by Jacksonville so far. Hopefully the Open Cup causes some fireworks this year, but the NASL season is going to be very competitive this year as well.

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