New York City FC vs. AIK | 2019 Preseason Match Preview
|2019 MLS Preseason presented by Advocare|
|New York City FC vs AIK|
|New York University Abu Dhabi Stadium - Abu Dhabi|
|February 8 — 8 am ET|
NYCFC continue their training camp in Abu Dhabi as part of Preseason presented by Advocare with another match against European opposition, this time against Swedish first-division champion AIK on Friday morning.
NYCFC are gearing up for their fifth season and first under head coach Dome Torrent. They dropped their first match on their tour abroad, a 2-0 loss to Danish side FC Copenhagen last weekend.
“I want to win the cup, especially now that I am captain. Anyone that joins our team knows that. It should be the mentality of the fans, the players, everyone in the club. We play for titles. In the end, that’s the only thing that matters. I don’t want to play for nothing.” pic.twitter.com/gqPAXmQGls— New York City FC (@NYCFC) February 7, 2019
NYCFC will face the defending Allsvenskan champions in AIK. They'll look to defend that title this year and will also embark on the quest to reach the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage when they enter the qualifiers in mid-July.
The club features Canadian international and former Toronto FC goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos, as well as former San Jose Earthquakes forward Henok Goitom, who served as captain and was AIK's top scorer last season.