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Ben Shires visits the United States to explore the fast-growing 'soccer' scene. Down south in Texas, he follows the fate of Everton's U18 team.


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Losing the ball, because little bit of a drop-down there.

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Greetings from across the pond and welcome to this incredibly

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special edition of Match Of The Day Hickabout.

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special edition of Match Of The Day Kickabout.

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Yet, that's right, we're actually in America to see what the

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beautiful game is like in the land of high-rises, hotdogs and hundreds

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But, before we explore the sights and sounds,

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hold onto your caps, John, here is our 60-second roundabout.

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America is massive 40 times the size of Britain, so

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away games can be five hour flight across thousands of miles, and then

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you got to fly all the way back home.

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This country is so vast that Major league soccer is split to two

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leagues, and the best teams from the West

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and East conference meet at the

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all-important end of season play-offs.

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Gerrard, Drogba, Kaka, Pirlo - polo the Russian huge names playing

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out here right now and David Beckham was a legend in LA.

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You want big superstores, no problem.

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Sport is big news in America, but it's

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basketball and baseball and NFL that are the most popular.

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Football might not be national obsession, but that

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doesn't mean that people don't love it.

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Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention, don't call it football,

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because over year football means American football or the NFL.

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If you want to talk football, say soccer.

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Well, you won't catch me saying football any more once we're

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Oh, no, you're right - sorry, soccer.

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Anyway, here's what soccer we've got coming up today.

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Our football freestyle wizard, John Farnworth, takes the

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And we go behind-the-scenes at star-studded

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John, did you know that there are 20 clubs

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battling it out in the MLS every week, but, apart from that, it kind

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there is no relegation and clubs are known as franchises.

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Yeah, and one of the biggest is New York city FC.

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They've only been going a year but the glory got some the biggest

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They've only been going a year but the've already got some

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go to head down to training and check out how they get in the zone

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So, shall we say meet back at the Flat Iron

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We're here in leafy upstate New York at the training ground of New York

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City seeks full stop in fact, their training

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City FC full stop in fact, their training

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just behind me right now

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but that's not any ragtag bunch of players.

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Oh, no, in amongst them are three World Cup winners, all

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You can probably make out the chap to

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black tracksuit over there, pointing, telling

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Of course, famous as the midfield linchpin at Arsenal and for France,

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who we won the World Cup and the Euros with.

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And incredible player and now hoping to be a brilliant

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Oh, what a magnificent goal by Patrick Vieira!

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Of course, he is sorting out all the tactics

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for Saturday's game, hoping he's going to get it right.

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Well, he looks the part, and hopefully, his

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managerial career is going to go as well as his playing career did.

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Underneath that blue and white bobble hat is one of the finest

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brains the world of football has ever seen, not to mention haircuts.

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It is of course Andrea Pirlo, now plying his trade in New York.

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I mean, who can forget that goal he scored

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Oh, and he's clipped it in down the middle and the tallest player

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He'll be hoping for plenty more of them Stateside.

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Just over my shoulder there, that New York

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Just over my shoulder there, that's New York

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City's forward line taking part in various drills,

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including World Cup winner, Euros winner, Champions

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League winner and all the rest, Spanish striker David Villa.

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Now, he's been here for a little while he's

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the captain and his absolutely embraced life in New York.

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His bona fide New Yorker and it's him that typifies this

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Right, well it looks like Patrick is working on some

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super-secret tactics now, so that's ourcue to leave.

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Hopefully, it will make all the difference come Saturday's game,

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but I'll tell you what else will make all the

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difference - the amazing crowds that New York City get at the Yankee

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Stadium, on occasion numbering over 40 5000.

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Stadium, on occasion numbering over 45000.

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Imagine that for soccer in the US - yes, it is that

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So, NYC FC lock horns with NER FC in a few days' time

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at the world-famous Yankee Stadium, giving us ample

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opportunity for another exciting trip.

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But itf he's not here in time, John Farnworth is going to miss it.

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This is the Flat Iron building where we were meant

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Well, I can't find John anywhere, so I go to have to do this

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I'm on my way to Dallas in Texas - a state that's

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so big it's three times the

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Actually, it's 1,600 miles away so it might get a bit expensive.

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Welcome to Dallas welcome to the Commonwealth

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Stadium and welcome to the biggest youth

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Welcome to Dallas welcome to the Cotton Bowl

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Stadium and welcome to the biggest youth

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soccer tournament in the

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4000 players, 184 clubs from 37 different countries.

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Truly, every corner of the globe is represented

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Well, this is where the future stars of world

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That's right, loads of British clubs play here and for many of their

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players this tournament to be a landmark on the road to success.

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Two years later in 2014 he was playing in Brazil at the World Cup

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Ross Barkley will not be overawed by the occasion, not sure.

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Ross Barkley is, of course, aproud product of the Everton

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Youth Academy and the Toffees are here at this year 's tournament,

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hoping to go one better than they did last year round

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Well, it's half-time in Everton's opening game of the Dallas Cup

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They currently trail 1-0 to Mexico's Tigres, but they're

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This is where they're being directed from.

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I've even managed to nab one of their drinks cartons at

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I believe that we can win, I believe that we can win!

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20 minutes to go and high drama, as Everton just had

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a man sent off, down there by the dugout.

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That's full-time here at the Cotton Bowl and Everton's first game

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of the tournament has ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat.

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They gave it all in their second-half.

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A great experience for the young Toffees and

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there's still all to play for over the rest of the week.

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Tough as lions, that defeat just made Everton

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They trained hard and played harder to win the next three games

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And, just before the biggest day of the soccer live so far, I got up

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with goalkeeper, Ben Pierce, and centre forward

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forward DeLial Brewster to

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get their take on the famous Dallas Cup.

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When you look at the previous team Everton brought out, a

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couple of years later there in the

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first team, so, it takes great path

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that we can follow and hopefully, in

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a couple of years, both me and Ben

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Coming out here to honour these tournaments, I think it really

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does this is a group, because it all

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We're very close bunch of lads, I think we all get

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along very well and it's a completely different atmosphere

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to going in every day back in England,

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training, preparing for the match on

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We need to make sure that we keep everyone together.

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As a striker, do you figure out celebrations in advance and practice

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Have you seen any real-life cowboy yet?

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Is anyone doing to be brave enough to get this on?

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Not only did the DeLial carry off that cowboy hat with

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panache, he also carried his team to victory in the final, with both

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goals in a 2-1 win that put his goal tally to five for the tournament.

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And that's only the fifth time a British club has won

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the Dallas Cup in 26 years - an incredible achievement

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Well, partners, what a rootin', tootin' time we've had.

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What the players, and how about the Dallas cup?

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Follow the footballing stars of tomorrow, including some of

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Speaking of which, I need to hotfoot it back to

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And what about poor old John Farnworth?

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New York is known as the Big Apple, so I

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thought I'm going to ditch the ball today and do a few

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I'm getting a few funny looks, but it doesn't really matter.

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It's quite windy, actually, so I was like Losing

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the ball, because little bit of a drop-down there.

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I'm here at Brooklyn City Hall station, the subway is just behind

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me. Wood we're here at the Saturday

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night lights programme with the New York city FC programme. Blue macro

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yet the work is a city that never sleeps. I was up in East Harlem Web

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Islands and crime are real problems, so this programme is great as it

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keeps the kids added danger of history and for the positive vibes.

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My name is Lewis and I support Barcelona. My name is Larry and I

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support the city FC. Julian in his mates demanded that I showed a few

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trips, so, you might say no? But, football freestyle sorry, soccer

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freestyle, it's all about giving it a go yourself and that's exactly

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what they did. Roger legs! To? You did too. I

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didn't know what to expect when I was coming year, but these guys are

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absolutely fantastic. Brilliant skills, brilliant attitude. It's a

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pleasure to show my free size filter them. As you can see I've put that

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macro put through my paces. These guys are definitely most certainly

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the future of American soccer. Where I noticed on Feynman? John? There

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you are. Adjusting to Dallas it was brilliant and viewed then light

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without me. I was so excited I never been to as. Gestede New York City

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versus the revolution. Adenosine Andrea Polo, McGuinness the Patrick

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Vieira. Figure that that John, this is soccer follow me.

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I tell you what, you can take him anywhere without a little bit of

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showboating. -- you can't take in anywhere without a bitter shirts

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liberating. Where are you guys from? Norway. So you come this way but not

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yet and holiday. So you supporting NYC FC? Whether the inevitable

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differences? Home and away fans, not used a greeting each other. Butyl

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day in the Bronx was about to get better. -- a beautiful day in the

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Bronx was about to get better. And then NYC FC got off to a flyer. You

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can probably a defence, and that's because the city just scored. We

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were at last that lead just after half-time, but after the break

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things seem to be looking up. Things are looking up. New England just had

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a man sent off. With a man advantage, the hosts were certainly

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piling on the pressure. 18 minutes gone -- 80 minutes gone, that means

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just ten minutes to grab a winner. Come on, Villa? Sadly, the Likud

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grabber when. The top analysis I had to hotfoot it downstairs. I'm sat

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here in the press conference room waiting for Patrick the error to

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come in. They will be disappointed they didn't get a win, especially

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with the man advantage. New England created better chances and we did,

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so we need to work harder. So two points in two games is not good

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enough for a team like New York City FC. We didn't respect our plan. So,

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Patrick Vieira obviously not fooled by the game. But I have the say it

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was amazing experience. And that's not all for the behind-the-scenes

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brilliance. I can't believe I'm saying this but I am in the dressing

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room of New York City FC. This wouldn't happen in the Premier

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League that it does happen here. That is David Villa talking to the

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press, but no Apple OS nine yet, so I am out. I'm here with a man of the

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match, Tommy McNamara. It's incredible to play for my hometown

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and my home city. It means a lot to me. The fans are like rubber. I

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mean, you scored a goal today. And the first people to congratulate you

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were David Villa and Andrea Pirlo. It really cool opportunity that then

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think again to get unless you play in Europe. They have been great. But

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where on the same team and rural equals. Your pet you're applying for

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a club that was only formed two years ago and it's grown in stature

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to a hugely supported franchise. It seems to be the same for the game in

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the US. Is a great time to be playing in America? Is growing every

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year, more and more kids are playing and really exciting time. As he

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sought today with the game, the amount of fans at turnout, it's like

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that every week. It's incredible. Thanks for chatting to us, Tommy.

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Good luck with your next game. What a week it's been John! I just can't

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believe our American inventor is almost over. Ben, it is emotional to

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be going home after one of the best weeks I've ever had. And can I say

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that I am out falling in love and American football soccer, soccer.

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You're right, sorry Johnny, it is soccer. Thank you for having us

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Americans soccer fans we love you too. See you soon.

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Ben Shires visits the United States to explore the fast-growing 'soccer' scene. Down south in Texas, he follows the fate of Everton's U18 team at one of the world's biggest international youth tournaments - the Dallas Cup - while on the east coast, he goes behind the scenes at New York City FC, a newly-established Major League Soccer club boasting three World Cup winners in their ranks.