The NYCFC news roundup: Malte Amundsen, the CVI
Former NYCFC player Malte Amundsen is a champion again
Former New York City FC player Malte Amundsen and the Columbus Crew beat LAFC on Saturday to become the MLS Cup Champions. The former Pigeon was traded to the Crew earlier in the season, and the change in scenery has done wonders for the defender.
In the 2-1 win, Amundsen had an assist on the second goal. His brilliant through pass to Yaw Yeboah led to what would be the winning goal.
Winning two MLS Cup Finals in three years is a great accomplishment. Since he is a former NYCFC player, one can only be happy for him. In addition, James Sands' brother, Will Sands, who has been out for most of the season, is also on the Championship team.
NYCFC announced the Coachella Valley Invitational schedule
Last week, NYCFC announced some of their preseason schedule that will take place at the Coachella Valley Invitational, or CVI. The Pigeons will play against the San Jose Earthquakes on February 7, the Portland Timbers on February 10, and the LA Galaxy on February 14. These matches allow the team to play against Western Conference sides they do not see regularly.
The San Jose and LA games will occur at 3 PM. The Portland one will take place at 4 PM. Of course, the Bronx team will train at the CVI throughout the week.
Notably, NYCFC always plays in more games during the preseason. Supporters can expect the team to schedule a few more friendlies before or after the CVI.
Today marks two years since the MLS Cup
Two years ago today, NYCFC lifted their first-ever MLS Cup. The Pigeons beat Portland in a penalty kick shootout, which saw Alexander Callens score the winning goal. The rainy and chilly day is one of the most memorable ones in club history.
There is hope that New York City FC will not have to wait long to win their second. Alas, they are in a rebuild, and questions remain about Nick Cushing's abilities to lead this team.