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NYCFC finds life after David Villa and has the scoring power to win MLS Cup

Taylor Twellman breaks down how top seed NYCFC could fall victim to Toronto or D.C. United in the playoffs.

In 2019, LAFC tore up the Major League Soccer record books, scoring a ridiculous 85 goals, posting a plus-46 goal differential and notching 72 points. But while Bob Bradley's juggernaut struggled down the stretch, winning just two of their last eight matches and looking vulnerable for the first time all year, a club across the country used an impressive final two months of the season to install themselves as serious MLS Cup contenders.

Thanks to just a single loss since Aug. 11, New York City FC...

Yankees playoff run could force NYCFC to host playoffs at Citi Field

Alexandru Mitrita tallied three first-half goals to lead NYCFC past Atlanta United 4-1. For more MLS, sign up for ESPN+.

New York City FC has finalized contingency plans for the MLS Cup playoffs, securing dates at Citi Field if there is a conflict with the New York Yankees.

Those plans don't include a scenario if NYCFC reaches the MLS Cup final.

By securing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, NYCFC will have a first-round bye, meaning it will not host a playoff game until Oct. 23, when the MLS playoffs will reach the conference semifinal stage.

If the Yankees are eliminated prior to the American League Championship...