NYCFC loan update, Sept. 30: Saunders shines for San Antonio, Villa set to join Melbourne City

As we draw closer and closer to the much-anticipated kickoff of New York City FC at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, let’s take a look at the current players on loan in the NASL and abroad.

 

Josh Saunders secures big win for San Antonio

 

 

Goalkeeper Josh Saunders had two big saves in the second half to secure a 1-0 victory for the San Antonio Scorpions over Atlanta on Saturday, pushing the Scorpions into second place in the table and in prime position  for a spot in the Championship.

Saunders had a big save in the 60th minute and had a shot by Junior Sandoval hit the crossbar in the 74th minute as Saunders protected San Antonio’s 1-0 lead from Cesar Elizondo’s goal in the 49th.  He also had a big save in the 25th minute on a shot by Lucas Paulini from 18 yards out.

 

Villa set to join Melbourne City FC

 

 

NYCFC star David Villa is finally set to join the A-League’s Melbourne City FC in their opener to fulfill his loan obligations by NYCFC.

Austraila’s A-League opens next week as Melbourne City takes on Sydney FC on October 11th.“It’s great that David will be arriving in Australia in advance of the season commencing, ” Melboune City manager John van’t Schip said. “We are looking forward to welcoming him to the Melbourne City FC squad and having him train with the group at the earliest opportunity.”

Villa is listed as a “guest player” with Melbourne City, meaning he is limited to playing in just 10 matches with Melbourne City, keeping him “down under” until December letting him return to New York in time for training camp with NYCFC.

The A-League uses the “guest player” designation to attract big-time soccer stars with the condition of a short-time stay.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to play at my best level in order to help the team,” Villa said in a statement.

 

Lampard reunites with former Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole in Champions League, MCFC ties Roma 1-1

Both former Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were reunited for the first time since leaving Chelsea over the summer in their Champions League match on Tuesday as both Manchester City and Roma squeaked out a 1-1 draw.

Lampard left (obviously) for NYCFC while Cole left to sign with Roma.  Cole posted selfies and pics of the duo on his Twitter to commemorate the event.

 

Miscellaneous:

Midfielder Andrew Jacobson played all 90 minutes in Stabaek’s 2-0 victory over Lillestrom while defender Jeb Brovski was not in the 18-man roster for Stromgodset’s over Viking. Kwame Watson-Siriboe subbed into the Carolina Railhawks 1-0 win victory against Indy Eleven in the 40th minute, helping the Railhawk back line complete the shutout.

 

 

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