Once Manchester Citys sibling, NYC FC is now more like a distant cousin
Before New York City FC, there was only Manchester City under the City Football Group (CFG) umbrella. The establishment of Major League Soccers 20th franchise in 2013 marked the creation of a new global soccer entity that would soon enough stretch across five continents and count several clubs among its network, but CFGs first outpost outside the UK was in New York.
This was to NYC FCs benefit. While Manchester City has always been CFGs primary focus, a strong connection was forged between the Premier League and MLS siblings. Four City players were signed to be part of NYC FCs squad for their debut season in 2015. Over the next few years, City sent some of their prospects (including Angelino and Yangel Herrera) to the Bronx for first-team experience and NYC FC sent some of their best players in the other direction see Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison.
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Now, though, the traffic between the two clubs has slowed almost to a complete stop. In fact, CFG is increasingly funnelling players away from New York. NYC FC, who havent received a player directly from Man City in recent years, have seemingly fallen down the CFG pecking order.
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