State of the City – Serie A, Gold Cup and Etc Edition

NYCFC is no stranger when it comes to pretty big name acquisitions. From the Villa’s/Lampards/Pirlos, NYCFC has not been one to shy away. But with the recent transition to a youthful, more pace driven football, would the fans want to revert back to old ways?

Daniele De Rossi is celebrated as a World Cup Winner, Italian Cup winner and best Player Winner for Serie A. At 38 years old, he spent his playing career in AS Roma, in Serie A. A defensive midfielder, he would work well as a replacement for Ebenezer Ofori, should we try to acquire someone of his talents.

But lets be honest, he’s amazing with possession of the ball and has beautiful passes.

Pros:
– Seniority would be good within the team. Currently, the oldest player is Maxi, at 32.
– He speaks English, so its helpful in a league of English speakers.
– He is passionate to win in games. His demeanor is that of a winner.

Cons:
– He’s 38 years old. How long could we have him, realistically?
– Our entire focus/rebrand has been to focus on the Academy/younger players. This would be a step in the wrong direction.

Gold Cup Call Ups

These are the current USMNT Squad that current USMNT Greg Berhalter has called up ahead for the CONCACAF Gold Cup:

Goalkeepers (5): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Tyler Miller (Los Angeles Football Club), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)

Defenders (15): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Marlon Fossey (Fulham), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati), Omar Gonzalez (Club Atlas), Andrew Gutman (Charlotte Independence). Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)

Midfielders (9): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Duane Holmes (Derby County), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

Forwards (11): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjælland), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Boyd (MKE Ankaragücü), Joe Gyau (MSV Duisburg), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Ramirez (Los Angeles Football Club), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)

Of course, seeing Sean Johnson and now former NYCFC Teammate Jonathan Lewis is no surprise. The squad will be cut down from 40 to 23 by the time the Gold Cup arrives.

The U.S. will play against Jamaica on June 5 and Venezuela on June 9 in preparation for their June 18 Gold Cup opener against Guyana.