It’s finally here: the 2017 MLS Season. This means New York City FC enters with plenty of unfinished business on the table. 

NYCFC enters its third season in MLS with some unfinished business to attend to.

Coach Patrick Vieira and league MVP David Villa took the team from preseason doormat to year-end contender in 2016. Despite that incredible improvement, one that should be applauded, NYCFC’s 2016 season ended horribly in the MLS Cup playoffs.

After a slew of offseason signings and in their second year playing in Vieira’s system, NYCFC will look to add some hardware to their currently bare trophy case in 2017.

2016 Overview

NYCFC had a strong second season in the MLS winning 15 games and earning 54 points. The five-win and 17-point increase season-over-season from their inaugural 2015 campaign to their sophomore 2016 was an incredible accomplishment.

After finishing in second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the regular season champion NY Red Bulls, NYCFC advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals of the MLS Cup tournament. Unfortunately, their season ended when they lost 7-0 in aggregate to MLS finalist Toronto FC.

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