In just their second year of existence, New York City FC made the playoffs and looked pretty good, at least until Toronto FC walloped them. They've got some changes coming in the offseason, though, and some holes to fill. What should they address?
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Top replacement for Frank Lampard
To be fair, Lampard was injured so much, NYCFC had plenty of time to get used to life without him, but when he actually did play, he was very good – better than any of his replacements – and he scored a bunch of goals. NYCFC should find someone who can be just as effective in that attacking midfield role, but they need to find someone who is younger and less injury prone.
The club lacked depth in the centerback position, and then coach Patrick Vieira started playing with three centerbacks, which made the position become even shallower. They've got a pretty strong attacking force and they should find a leader at centerback to strengthen the other end.
NYCFC declined an option to buy Federico Bravo, who they had on loan, and they are going to need a top-notch defensive midfielder to come in and cover the ground that Andrea Pirlo cannot.
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Between David Villa and Frank Lampard, the pair made up 56 percent of the team's goals. They are going to need another goal-scorer who can help put the ball in the back of the net or they risk becoming far too dependent on one or two players.
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A stadium site
This is more wishful thinking than anything, but they need to continue to work on finding a permanent home for the team in the New York City area. There hasn't been much progress to speak of, but Yankee Stadium does not offer a good atmosphere or a good look for the team.