New York City FC

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New York City FC
New York City FC.svg
Full name New York City Football Club
Founded May 21, 2013; 16 months ago (2013-05-21)
Stadium Yankee Stadium (interim)
Ground Capacity 27,000
Owner City Football Group (80%)
Yankee Global Enterprises (20%)[1]
CEO Ferran Soriano
Head Coach Jason Kreis
League Major League Soccer
Website Club home page

New York City Football Club is an upcoming American professional soccer team based in New York City that will compete in Major League Soccer (MLS). It was announced as the league's twentieth franchise on May 21, 2013.[2] The team's expansion rights[clarification needed] were purchased by the Premier League club Manchester City and the New York Yankees baseball team for $100 million.[3]

The club intends to begin playing in the 2015 MLS season,[4] alongside the twenty-first franchise Orlando City SC. Due to play at Yankee Stadium in the New York City borough of The Bronx, the club will be the first MLS franchise located in the five boroughs of New York City, and the second franchise in the New York metropolitan area after the New York Red Bulls, based in Harrison, New Jersey.[5]


MLS commissioner Don Garber announced the league's intent to award a second team in the New York area in 2010, with the new team originally aimed to begin operations by 2013.[6] Initially, the league held talks with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon about a second NY club and with owners of the rebooted New York Cosmos.[7] The Wilpons' interest in MLS reportedly faded following the family's losses in the Madoff investment scandal,[8] while the Cosmos began playing in the second-tier North American Soccer League in 2013.[9]

Garber had previously cultivated an interest in acquiring investment from a major European soccer team to be owners of a future franchise, and in December 2008, he announced a bid for a Miami expansion team led by FC Barcelona that was to begin play in 2010,[10] though the bid eventually fell through[11] (Garber also briefly discussed Barcelona investing in a New York franchise before moving the focus to Miami[12]).

But when Ferran Soriano, Barcelona's vice president at the time of the Miami bid, was appointed Manchester City CEO in August 2012, Garber reached out to him about a New York City team.[12] In December 2012, unnamed sources told the media that Manchester City were close to being announced as the new owners of the 20th team of MLS, and the brand name "New York City Football Club" was trademarked, although the club quickly denied the report.[13] However, Garber announced in March 2013 that he was almost ready to unveil the new expansion team,[14]

New York City Football Club, LLC was registered with the New York State Department on May 7, 2013,[15] and on May 21 the team was officially announced as the 20th Major League Soccer franchise.[16]

The team announced an English-language radio deal with WFAN on October 3, 2013.[17]

On June 2, 2014 the club announced that Spanish World Cup-winning striker David Villa had signed as the first player.[18][19] Until the team enters MLS in 2015, Villa is loaned to another team owned by Manchester City, Melbourne City FC of the Australian A-League.

On July 24, 2014, New York City FC announced at a live press conference in Brooklyn that the England international and Chelsea all-time top goal scorer Frank Lampard would be joining them starting in the 2015 MLS expansion season on a two-year contract. Sporting director Claudio Reyna hailed Lampard as "one of the greatest players in world history." Lampard said that "It is a privilege to be able to help make history here in New York City."[20][21]

Colors and badge[edit]

The badge used at the launch of the club

With the team announced in 2013, almost two years before it was due to play its first competitive game in 2015, the board of the nascent New York club announced their intention to take their time in building the club, and at the team's launch ceremony did not unveil colors or a badge, instead only using a placeholder image of a blue circle with "New York City FC" written within. (However, the typeface used, Helvetica, is also used for the transportation systems of New York City; this was likely a planned choice.) As interested parties waited for the club to reveal its official colors and badge, a number of graphic designers released their own impressions of possible crests and shirt designs,[22] something the club encouraged by publicising several attempts on their various social media outlets.

Although club chairman Ferran Soriano emphasised the desire to create a club with its own identity, rather than relying entirely on the brands of club owners Manchester City and the New York Yankees, the online presence that the club kept up across its own website and on various social networking websites maintained a consistent approach of using the sky blue of the Manchester club and the navy blue of the MLB team, along with the white employed by both owner-clubs. With the soccer side running the operations of NYCFC, however, the vast majority of journalistic reporting and speculation assumed that the club's color-scheme would eventually be revealed as a reflection of, if not a copy of Manchester City's sky blue kits with white trim.[23][24][25][26] with Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna saying at the press conference announcing his appointment that he was "...incredibly excited to again wear City’s ‘Sky Blue’ as part of the expansion of the MLS...".[27]

Having allowed the speculation and amateur designs to build interest in the club for almost nine months, on February 4, 2014 it was announced that the selection of an official club badge was to be forthcoming, with the club planning to release two designs for the crest in two different styles, which would then be put to a public vote to select the chosen design.[28] In the meantime, New York City FC's official website announced a "Badge of Badges" campaign, inviting all to create their own crests on a hosted badge-designer page, with every entry ultimately to be incorporated into a mosaic of the badge when a final design was selected, the mosaic to be available both online and in physical form at the club's training ground once built.[29]

Although March 3 was originally set as the release date for the two proposed logos, the vote was pushed back as the Yankees vetoed one of the potential crests for infringing their own trademark.[30] The two badge options, both designed by Rafael Esquer following the success of his Made in NY mark, were revealed on March 10. At that time, the club's official color scheme of navy blue, sky blue and orange was also announced. The orange was an homage to the city's Dutch heritage, and is the same shade found in the city's flag.[31] Fans were given three days to vote on the final design, and the winner was announced on March 20.[32]


The team will play their first season at Yankee Stadium

Before the official team was announced, plans were presented by MLS to build a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park[33] in Queens. However, due to opposition to building a stadium on park land as well as objections from the New York Mets, who play nearby, the site lost favor once the new team was announced. The team came up with an alternate proposal to build the stadium in the Bronx adjacent to Yankee Stadium to be completed in 2018 at the earliest.[34] On April 21, 2014, the club confirmed that they would play their first season home games at Yankee Stadium, and that plans for a future stadium were in progress.[35]


The Third Rail, New York City FC's official supporter group, began to form after the club's announcement in May 2013, when fans met through social media, and through member drives and viewing parties for 2014 FIFA World Cup matches, had registered 1000 members by September 20, 2014.[36][better source needed] Although the group operates independently from the club, it was recognized as the official supporter group and has received exclusive access to two sections in Yankee Stadium. Group president Chance Michaels said the name reflected the group's desire to "power NYCFC" the way the third rail powered the New York City subway system.[37]


First team squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of August 13, 2014.[38]

No. Position Player Nation

Out on loan[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
7 Forward David Villa (DP; on loan to Melbourne City)     Spain
8 Midfielder Frank Lampard (DP; on loan to Manchester City)     England
Defender Jeb Brovsky (on loan to Strømsgodset)     United States
Midfielder Andrew Jacobson (on loan to Stabæk)     United States
Goalkeeper Josh Saunders (on loan to San Antonio Scorpions)     Puerto Rico
Defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe (on loan to Carolina RailHawks)     United States

Team management[edit]

On May 22, 2013, the club named former United States and Manchester City midfielder Claudio Reyna as its director of football operations, responsible for coaching staff and player recruitment ahead of the team's inaugural MLS season in 2015.[27] Reyna, a New Jersey native, also played for the nearby New York Red Bulls. He said he had begun identifying candidates to be the club's head coach, but would not name one in 2013.[39]

The club made their first recruitment dealing in off-field matters on September 6, 2013, when they hired former Rutgers University Athletic Director Tim Pernetti to serve as Chief Business Officer, part of a five-year deal with the university.[40] Further hirings were made in mid-November, when three experienced administrators were appointed to Vice President roles.[41]

On December 11, 2013, Jason Kreis was announced as the first head coach of the new franchise, having reached the end of his contract at Real Salt Lake and declined an extension.[42] The move came just four days after he missed out on lifting his second MLS Cup with the Utah team, losing on penalties to Sporting Kansas City. It was revealed in the announcement that his contract, starting on January 1, 2014, would see him begin by travelling to Manchester in England to familiarise himself with the set-up of franchise-owners Manchester City.[42]

Kreis' official unveiling was made at a press conference on January 10, 2014, where Kreis himself made it public that his former assistant Miles Joseph had joined him at the club, becoming New York City FC's first ever assistant coach.[43]

Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti
Senior Vice President for Partnerships Doug Fillis
Vice President for Finance Josh Neier
Vice President for Ticket Sales & Fan Services Mike Quarino
Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna
Head of Player Recruitment David Lee
Coaching staff
Head Coach Jason Kreis
Assistant Coach Miles Joseph

Last updated: January 10, 2014
Source: [27][40][41][43]

See also[edit]


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