New York City FC’s preseason schedule will include a trip to South America as the Citizens will meet Ecuadorian side C.S. Emelec.
The match — scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 — will take place at Emelec’s newly redeveloped Estadio Banco del Pacifico in Guayaquil at 7 p.m local time and will be New York City’s first exhibition match of 2017 preseason.
Emelec have won 13 Ecuadorian Serie A championships, as well as seven regional titles, since they were founded in 1929. Nicknamed El Bombillo (The Lightbulb), Emelec are based out of Guayaquil, the most populous city in Ecuador.
“We are looking forward to our friendly against C.S. Emelec which will be our first test of the 2017 season,” said Patrick Vieira, NYCFC’s head coach. “They are a talented team that will provide us with a competitive match. This game will give us the opportunity to integrate the new players who have joined the team over the break and will allow us to build our rhythm on the field.”
Captained by Pedro Quinonez, El Bombillo finished in second place in Serie A in 2016, following three title wins in a row from 2013 to 2015. Top scorer Cristian Guanca is considered the team’s dangerman after the 23-year old Argentine forward netted 21 goals in 43 games last season.
Emelec in 2017 will compete in the Copa Liberatadores for the eighth consecutive year.