NYCFC news roundup: Maxi Moralez, NYCFC II, and more

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New York City FC just finished a decent homestand despite the tough loss against the Colorado Rapids in the fifth and final match. Questions about the team and head coach are starting again, for the Pigeons will now head on the road for the next two games.

There is plenty to talk about, for the news never stops. Here is the next NYCFC news roundup.

NYCFC news roundup: Maxi is back in training, NYCFC II, and more

Maxi Moralez is almost back!

Before NYCFC fans know it, Maxi Moralez will be back on the pitch playing for the first time in 2024. The club legend will be playing soon because he is finally back in team training after suffering an ACL tear last season!

NYCFC posted on their social media pages about the midfielder's return, with head coach Nick Cushing joking about the new signing. It is unknown when he will be ready to make the matchday squad, but Moralez will make a big difference once he is available. He will not be an everyday starter, but his return will enhance the midfield.

Joe Tolleson will call Saturday's game

NYCFC supporters also received good news regarding Saturday's game. Joe Tolleson, who called the matches at YES with Ian Joy before the Apple TV move, will be the commentator for the upcoming fixture. This is extremely exciting since the Pigeons will finally have someone with a slight bias commentate the fixture. It will be nice to hear a familiar voice again.

NYCFC II moves on in the Open Cup

The MLS Next Pro side continues to impress in the U.S. Open Cup. NYCFC II is moving on in the tournament after they defeated Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0. As a result, they are the only MLS Next Pro side that will be represented in the Round of 16.

Jonathan Jiménez was the lone goal-scorer on the night. The forward maneuvered through multiple defenders before he slotted the ball into the back of the net in the sixth minute. NYCFC II was able to hold on and keep their lead for the rest of the game.

Some of the first-team players that were involved in the game included Maximo Carrizo, Christian McFarlane, Tomás Romero, and Jonathan Shore. Some of the names that started made sense, for they either barely start with NYCFC or are not on the roster for the 2024 season.

Meanwhile, to the shock of everyone, Jovan Mijatović was a part of the Starting XI. The Serbian was missing from the first team over the weekend. It makes one wonder what is going on with the striker.

Nevertheless, it is an inspiring and exciting time for NYCFC II. It will be interesting to see how they do in the Round of 16.