Future Watch: James Sands Soccer Cards – NYCFC

Future Watch: James Sands Soccer Cards – NYCFC – As Major League Soccer takes back to the pitch with their “MLS is Back” tournament beginning July 8th, keep an eye on the games for NYCFC. The club begins their group play on July 9th against Philadelphia Union. One player in particular to watch out for is NYCFC’s midfielder/defender James Sands.

Sands, who turns 20 just before the tournament starts, is a force in the middle for City. He can play along the backline very capably but I believe his future is in the central midfield. Sands has good size at 6’1” 185 lbs and is very smooth in possession. He has an array of skills you often do not see in destroyer-types in the defensive mid. He is quick, has good speed and uses his size well.

Sands’ vision is also impressive. He does not rush when he’s on the football and has a good feel for the pace of games. He is also strong in the air and can quietly control matches.

If you want statistics look elsewhere. Sands has yet to record an MLS goal or assist. After signing with NYCFC as a Homegrown player in June, 2017, he has made 25 appearances including 19 last year in his breakout season. I do believe the passing ability and skill is there for him to begin to accumulate assists for his club. It remains to be seen if Sands settles into the midfield or defense as his career progresses.

Sands played extensively for the U.S. U-17 team during his youth career. He was named to the Best XI at the CONCACAF U-17 Championships in 2017. He has yet to receive a cap with the U.S. Men’s National team.

Currently, James Sands has cards in 2019 Topps MLS.

Future Watch: James Sands Soccer Cards – NYCFC – Stats

Standard Stats Table
Playing Time Performance Per 90 Minutes Expected Per 90 Minutes
Season Age Squad Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
2017 16 NYCFC us USA 1. MLS 2nd 1 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Matches
2018 17 Louisville City us USA 2. USL 3rd 3 3 270 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.33 Matches
2018 17 NYCFC us USA 1. MLS 7th 3 3 220 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.07 0.02 0.09 0.07 0.09 Matches
2019 18 NYCFC us USA 1. MLS 2nd 19 18 1,485 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.00 0.01 Matches
2020 19 NYCFC us USA 1. MLS 26th 2 2 180 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.01 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.01 Matches
4 Seasons 2 Clubs 2 Leagues 28 26 2,179 0 1 0 0 6 0 0.00 0.04 0.04 0.00 0.04 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.01 0.02
Country Comp LgRank MP Starts Min Gls Ast PK PKatt CrdY CrdR Gls Ast G+A G-PK G+A-PK xG npxG xA xG xA xG+xA npxG npxG+xA Matches
NYCFC (4 Seasons) 1 League 25 23 1,909 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.01 0.02
Louisville City (1 Season) 1 League 3 3 270 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.33
MLS (4 Seasons) 25 23 1,909 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.01 0.02
USL (1 Season) 3 3 270 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.33 0.33 0.00 0.33
Provided by FBref.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/30/2020.

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