Jason Kreis

Athletic Bilbao's defender Andoni Iraola, right, vies with Granada's Algerian midfielder Yacine Brahimi during a Spanish league football match at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on Feb. 28, 2014. (RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Crooks: New York City FC Adds Pair Of Spaniards In Attempt To Solidify Back End

The initial stages of what may result in five or six player moves this summer at New York City FC began Tuesday with the addition of two outside backs from Spain.

06/16/2015

Oguchi Onyewu passes the ball for Team USA against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, on July 5, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Crooks: NYCFC’s Struggles In The Air Need To Be Addressed Immediately

New York City FC has given up the first goal in nine of its 13 matches this season, in large part due to their lack of an intimidating force along their back line. That, however, could change soon.

06/01/2015

Jason Kreis

Crooks: NYCFC-Real Salt Lake Match Holds Special Meaning For Jason Kreis

Kreis was the first player signed by RSL in 2005 and scored the franchise’s initial goal that year.

05/22/2015

Jason Kreis

Crooks: NYCFC’s Fitness A Concern After Late Failure Against Philadelphia

The 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium will rank as the most disappointing result in the short history of New York City FC.

04/17/2015

Khiry Shelton #19 of New York City FC and Lee Nguyen #24 of New England Revolution fight for the ball in the second half during the inaugural game of the New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on March 15, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Crooks: NYCFC’s Shelton Should Start For Diskerud On Thursday

Regardless of shape or system, Shelton should be unveiled as a starter on Thursday. He injects energy to an attack with a dearth of goals in recent matches.

04/13/2015

Khiry Shelton #19 of New York City FC and Lee Nguyen #24 of New England Revolution fight for the ball in the second half during the inaugural game of the New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on March 15, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Crooks: The Organization Of Set-Piece Defending Is Critical

Set piece, set play, dead ball, restart, free kick. No matter what you call it, these often dangerous opportunities can decide the outcome of soccer matches – at every level.

04/10/2015

Xavi Hernandez, right, of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal past Xabi Irureta of SD Eibar during the La Liga match at Camp Nou on Oct. 18, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Crooks: NYCFC Is Better Off Without Xavi Hernandez

While Xavi would have been a short-term boost for marketing and attendance, he did not suit the needs of the team ON the field — for the present AND the future.

03/27/2015

A general view of the stadium during the Colorado Rapids against the Houston Dynamo at Dicks Sporting Goods Park on July 3, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)

Crooks: How Will NYCFC Handle The High Altitude In Colorado?

While the Rapids’ home formula will favor setting a high tempo attack, Kreis’ side must regulate their effort over 90 minutes.

03/19/2015

Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert in action against the Philadelphia Union on April 12, 2014, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Schwartz: Former St. John’s Star Chris Wingert Is Coming Home, Joins NYCFC

Last Wednesday was a hectic and whirlwind day for Chris Wingert.

12/15/2014

David Villa (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

New York City FC Signs First Player In Spain Star David Villa

David Villa has left Atletico Madrid after one season to make history with Major League Soccer’s NYCFC.

06/02/2014

Yankee Stadium exterior  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York City FC To Play Inaugural MLS Home Schedule At Yankee Stadium

When international soccer has been staged at Yankee Stadium, it has been a success. Now it’s time to try something more on a full-time basis.

04/21/2014