F.C. New York

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Not to be confused with New York City FC.
F.C. New York
FC New York logo.jpg
Full name Football Club New York
Nickname(s) FCNY
Founded 2009
Dissolved 2013
Stadium Belson Stadium
Ground Capacity 5,000
Owners Jason Wong
Head Coach Paul Shaw
League NPSL
Website Club home page

F.C. New York was an American professional soccer team based in Queens, New York City, New York, United States. Founded in 2009, the team played in the National Division of the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, for the 2011 season. After spending one season in the USL Pro, the team played in the National Premier Soccer League for 2012 before folding.

The team played its home games at Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. The club's colors were yellow and sky blue, and was coached by former Arsenal player Paul Shaw,[1] following the resignation of previous manager Matt Weston.

History[edit]

F.C. New York was initially set to begin play in 2010 as an expansion member of the USL First Division, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.[2] The team announced that it would not play in 2010 due to the majority of other USL clubs forming the new NASL (North American Soccer League) and leaving USL. The United States Soccer Federation refused to sanction the new league. In January 2010, the USSF elected to operate an interim USSF Division 2 Professional League for the 2010 season, comprising twelve teams from both the NASL and USL-1. As USL did not have enough of its own clubs, F.C.New York utilized a contract clause to sit out a year.

The team played its first match on April 9, 2011, a 3–0 loss to Orlando City.[3] They also lost to the same Orlando team 2–1 in their home opener at Belson on April 30, 2011 in front of 2,011 fans. The team won its first competitive game on May 13, 1–0 away to Charleston Battery with a 35th minute goal by Graciano Brito.

They did not return for the 2012 USL Pro season.[4] In February 2012, the team announced that it would be joining the NPSL.[5]

Colors and badge[edit]

According to an official press release, the FC New York shield was representative of the flag of the borough of Queens, New York City. The blue background with a horizontal white stripe was symbolic of Queens' first Dutch governor Willem Kieft, who acquired the area from the Native Americans. The first settlers of Queens were represented by the two flowers – the tulip, emblematic of the Dutch, and the Tudor rose of the English. The Queen's crown signified the name of the county and borough of Queens.

Stadium[edit]

F.C. New York originally had a commitment with Hofstra University to use James M. Shuart Stadium and their state-of-the-art training facilities. The 13,000 seat stadium was planned to host league and international exhibition matches.

In January 2011 the club announced that Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens would be the team’s home for its 2011 inaugural season.[6]

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup Avg. Attendance
2011 3 USL Pro 5th, National Did not qualify 3rd round 819
2012 4 NPSL 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify

Average attendance[edit]

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at uslsoccer.com[7]

  • 2011: 819

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shaw to Captain F.C. New York – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "USL-1 headed to New York City". uslsoccer.com. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslpro.uslsoccer.com. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Big Apple Soccer
  6. ^ "Belson to be F.C. New York's home". Uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  7. ^ Demosphere International, Inc. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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