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How NYCFC’s “Night Owl” Nickname Came to Be

The date is August 11, 2021. New York City FC is slated to take on struggling Liga MX side Pumas UNAM in their first appearance in the Leagues Cup, a tournament formed by MLS and Liga MX to provide their best teams that didn’t make the CONCACAF Champions League with a headache something else to do. There’s some negative discourse about the tournament — “it’s a cash grab”, or “it’s a waste of time.” Initially, I feel the same way, too. But the wise words of Roberto Abramowitz (follow him @RobAbramowitz, he’s a great guy) has warmed me to the fixture.