The YES Network will premiere a New York City Football Club special, NYCFC: Home For The City, at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, July 3, that previews NYCFC’s participation in the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament. YES’s NYCFC voices Joe Tolleson, Ian Joy and Janusz Michallik will be featured in the special, which will include interviews with NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila, captain Alex Ring and goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
The MLS is Back Tournament kicks off Wednesday, July 8, in Orlando, and NYCFC’s first game is Thursday, July 9, at 9 a.m. ET in which it will face the Philadelphia Union.
Highlights of NYCFC: Home for the City
Joe Tolleson, Ian Joy and Janusz Michallik discuss:
• The importance of the MLS is Back Tournament as it relates to the CONCACAF Champions League, as well as the upcoming MLS regular season
• The safety protocol that the MLS has put in place for the tournament
Tolleson and Joy interview NYCFC Head Coach Ronny Deila:
• How the team is preparing to play games as early as 9:00 am eastern and as late as 10:00 pm eastern
• What the coaching staff has been doing in order to keep the players motivated during these difficult times
Joy interviews NYCFC Goalkeeper Sean Johnson:
• On Juneteenth, Sean helped launch the MLS Black Players Coalition
• Being reunited with his teammates after the Covid-19 shutdown
Tolleson and Joy interview team captain Alex Ring:
• What it will be like to play without fans in the stands
• The efforts needed to focus on the task at hand
Tolleson and Joy also discuss NYCFC’s new docuseries 2020, a behind-the-scenes look at NYCFC preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament. The docuseries can be accessed on the NYCFC YouTube channel; the first episode can be found here.