New York City FC will start preseason training in Florida and play games there and in Mexico as it prepares for the the Concacaf Champions League and MLS season, the team announced Wednesday.
The camp will begin in Orlando, Fla. and will feature two friendlies. NYCFC will kick off their preseason slate against Orlando City SC on Sunday, Jan. 23.
A second match will be played on January 29 against CF Montreal before the team departs to Cancun, Mexico for the remainder of camp.
The MLS Cup champions will play the first of two friendlies on Saturday, Feb. 5 against local side Cancun FC. An additional two games are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the NYCFC first team will face Queretaro FC and the second team playing Inter Playa del Carmen.
The team will travel to San Jose, Costa Rica ahead of its Concacaf first leg match against Santos de Guapiles FC to be played at Estadio Nacional on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
The club will fly back to New York prior to leaving for Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 20. City will play the second leg of its CCL series against Santos de Guapiles FC at Banc of America Stadium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
On Sunday, Feb. 27 NYCFC will face the LA Galaxy in its MLS season opener in Carson, Calif.
A total of 32 players are on te preseason traveling roster for Orlando. Five academy players will join the first team this year, including Mateo Ponce-Ocampo, who was part of the 2021 preseason.
Goalkeeper and captain Sean Johnson and defender Alexander Callens will report to camp after their international duty assignments.
The preseason roster
Goalkeepers (3): Luis Barraza, Cody Mizell, Alexander Yagudayev^
Defenders (10): Malte Amundsen, Nicholas Benalcazar, Maxime Chanot, Tayvon Gray, Chris Gloster, Klevis Haxhari^, Vuk Latinovich, Christian McFarlane, Samuel Owusu, Anton Tinnerholm
Midfielders (11): Nicolas Acevedo, Maximo Carrizo^, Justin Haak, Andres Jasson, Alfredo Morales, Maxi Moralez, Keaton Parks, Mateo Ponce-Ocampo^, Santiago Rodriguez, Jonathan Shore^, Gedion Zelalem
Forwards (8): Kingsford Adjei*, Thiago Andrade, Valentin Castellanos, Héber, Jonathan Jimenez, Talles Magno, Kevin O’Toole*, El Mahdi Youssoufi*
^ NYCFC Academy Player
* Unsigned MLS SuperDraft Selection
Key preseason dates
Sunday, Jan. 23 – Friendly vs. Orlando City SC
Saturday, Jan. 29 – Friendly vs. CF Montreal
Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Depart for Cancun, Mexico
Saturday, Feb. 5 – Friendly vs. Cancun FC
Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Friendly vs. Queretaro FC and Inter Playa del Carmen
Thursday, Feb. 10 – Depart for San Jose, Costa Rica
Tuesday, Feb. 15 – Concacaf Champions League Leg 1 match vs. Santos de Guapiles FC
Sunday, Feb. 20 – Depart for Los Angeles
Wednesday, Feb. 23 – Concacaf Champions League Leg 2 match vs. Santos de Guapiles FC in Los Angeles
Sunday, Feb. 27 – MLS Regular season opener at LA Galaxy