New York City FC
|Full name||New York City Football Club|
|Founded||May 21, 2013|
|Capacity||33,444 (49,642 maximum)|
|Owner||City Football Group (80%)
Yankee Global Enterprises (20%)
|Head coach||Patrick Vieira|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2016||Eastern Conference: 2nd
Playoffs: Conf. Semi-Finals
|Website||Club home page|
New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer club based in New York City that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). NYCFC began play in 2015, as an expansion team of the league. The club is the first MLS franchise based in the city, and the second franchise in the New York metropolitan area after the New York Red Bulls, based in Harrison, New Jersey.
- 1 History
- 2 Colors and badge
- 3 Broadcasting
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Culture
- 6 Players and staff
- 7 Club presidents
- 8 Affiliates
- 9 Academy
- 10 Team records
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
MLS had an interest in placing a second team in the New York area as early as 2006, when the MetroStars' exclusive territorial rights reverted back to the league as a condition of the club's sale to Red Bull GmbH. By 2009, the league had held talks with New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon about owning the second New York club.
In 2010, MLS commissioner Don Garber officially announced the league's intent to make its 20th franchise a second team in the New York area. At that point, the league hoped to have the new team beginning operations by 2013. Garber also held discussions with the owners of the rebooted New York Cosmos. The Wilpons' interest in MLS reportedly faded following the family's losses in the Madoff investment scandal, while the Cosmos joined the second-tier North American Soccer League in 2012.
Garber had previously cultivated an interest in acquiring investment from a major European soccer club 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, though the bid eventually fell through (Garber also briefly discussed Barcelona investing in a New York franchise before moving the focus to Miami).
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. 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. However, Garber announced in March 2013 that he was almost ready to unveil the new expansion team,
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. 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. The team announced an English-language radio deal with WFAN on October 3, 2013.
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. Further hirings were made in mid-November, when three experienced administrators were appointed to Vice President roles.
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. 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 familiarize himself with the set-up of franchise-owners Manchester City. Kreis' official unveiling was made at a press conference on January 10, 2014, where he made it public that his former assistant Miles Joseph had joined him at the club.
On June 2, 2014 the club announced that Spanish World Cup-winning striker David Villa had signed as the first player. While the team awaited its MLS start in 2015, Villa was loaned to another team owned by Manchester City, Melbourne City FC of the Australian A-League but was called back after only four matches. On July 24, 2014, New York City FC announced at a live press conference in Brooklyn that ex-England international and Chelsea all-time top goal scorer Frank Lampard would be joining them as their second Designated Player. 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." On July 6, 2015 the club signed Italian international Andrea Pirlo from Juventus as their third Designated Player.
An up-and-down pre-season saw them dominate their first ever exhibition match, played against Scotland's St Mirren, with Villa scoring the club's first ever goal in a regulated match, while in the Carolina Challenge Cup, they finished second out of four teams after a slow start ruled out their chances of picking up the non-competitive silverware. Their first ever league game was played on March 8 against fellow expansion side Orlando City, with Mix Diskerud scoring their first ever competitive goal in a game which finished 1–1 in front of a packed Citrus Bowl stadium. A week later in their first home game, Villa and Patrick Mullins scored in their first home win against New England Revolution in front of a crowd of 43,507. The team eventually suffered an eleven-game winless streak which ended on June 16, after defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-1.
New York faced the New York Cosmos in the fourth round of the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and were eliminated on penalties after playing overtime. The team finished 8th in the Eastern Conference, 17th overall. After the season ended, Kreis was relieved from his head coaching duties on November 2. The team's failure to make the playoffs and the team's second lowest points in the league, were the main factors in his release. A week later, Patrick Vieira was announced as the new head coach of the team.
Colors and badge
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. 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, something the club encouraged by publicizing several attempts on their various social media outlets.
Although club chairman Ferran Soriano emphasized 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. 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...".
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. 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.
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. 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. Fans were given three days to vote on the final design, and the winner was announced on March 20.
Following closely on the tails of Orlando City SC's jersey announcement, New York City FC held their inaugural jersey announcement on November 13, 2014, revealing a sky blue shirt taking its inspiration from parent club Manchester City. The away jersey was revealed on November 24, a black shirt with sky blue and orange trim and five reflective black stripes to represent the five boroughs of the city.
Home, away, and third uniforms.
City Football Group sponsor Etihad Airways was announced to be NYCFC's inaugural jersey sponsor in an event at Terminal 5 in New York City on November 13, 2014, at the same event which revealed the club's first ever jersey design. The announcement capped a week in which Heineken and Adidas had been signed up as secondary sponsors of the club.
In one of the club's first announcements on October 3, 2013 - before announcing where the team would play and before any players had been signed - New York City FC signed an agreement with WFAN to broadcast English-language radio commentary to the New York area for NYCFC games and also serves as the flagship station of the New York City FC Radio Network Powered by CBS. A year later, on December 18, 2014, the club announced that it was following up its radio deal with an agreement with the YES Network to televise all home and away games. On top of the YES broadcasting rights, the deal included free streaming of all games across the internet via the Fox Sports Go website. With club co-owners the New York Yankees also part-owners of YES, the deals were of little surprise, with even Randy Levine openly speculating on the possibility within days of the club's unveiling.
Before the official team was announced, plans were presented by MLS to build a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park 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. 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.
New York City FC's official supporter group, The Third Rail, 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. It had registered 1,600 members before the team's first season. Although the group operates independently from the club, it was recognized as the official supporter group and has received exclusive access to one section in Yankee Stadium. Then-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.
In May 2015, the New York metropolitan area experienced a genuine local derby in MLS league play for the first time, when NYCFC played their first game against the New York Red Bulls. Although initially regarded as a manufactured rivalry with little of the traditional banter apparent between long-time local rivals, the first meetings between the two clubs displayed an increasing level of animosity between the two sides. The Red Bulls won the first ever encounter between the two, a league game on May 10, 2015, at Red Bull Arena. A series of brawls between supporters of the two teams occurred before and after matches between the two teams. The contest has been dubbed the Hudson River Derby by supporters.
|May 10, 2015 MLS||New York Red Bulls||2–1||New York City FC||Harrison, NJ|
|7:00pm EDT||Wright-Phillips 4 ', 52'||Report||Mullins 76'||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Alan Kelly
|June 28, 2015 MLS||New York City FC||1–3||New York Red Bulls||Bronx, NY|
|5:00pm EDT||McNamara 6'||Report||Wright-Phillips 47'
|Stadium: Yankee Stadium
Referee: Mark Geiger
|August 9, 2015 MLS||New York Red Bulls||2–0||New York City FC||Harrison, NJ|
|7:00pm EDT||Wright-Phillips 21'
|Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Ismail Elfath
|May 21, 2016 MLS||New York City FC||0–7||New York Red Bulls||Bronx, NY|
|3:35pm EDT||Report||McCarty 3' 51'
Wright-Phillips 42' 45+2'
|Stadium: Yankee Stadium
Referee: Chris Penso
|July 3, 2016 MLS||New York City FC||2–0||New York Red Bulls||Bronx, NY|
|12:00pm EDT||Harrison 8'
|Report||Stadium: Yankee Stadium
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
|July 24, 2016 MLS||New York Red Bulls||4–1||New York City FC||Harrison, NJ|
|1:00 EDT||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Referee: Mark Geiger
Social media campaigns
In 2015, MLS hosted a contest between New York City Football Club and New York Red Bulls ahead of the Hudson River Derby on June 28. The team with the most votes would have the Empire State Building lit up in their favor. New York City Football Club launched the 'WINNYCFC' campaign and won the contest.
In the 2016 MLS season, New York City FC started the 'We Are One' campaign on social media, followed by the 'Support Your City' campaign during the playoffs later that year.
Players and staff
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of December 11, 2016.
|3||Defender||Ethan White||United States|
|5||Midfielder||Mikey Lopez||United States|
|7||Forward||David Villa (DP)||Spain|
|10||Midfielder||Mix Diskerud||United States|
|11||Midfielder||Jack Harrison (GA)||England|
|12||Goalkeeper||Josh Saunders||Puerto Rico|
|15||Midfielder||Tommy McNamara||United States|
|19||Forward||Khiry Shelton||United States|
|21||Midfielder||Andrea Pirlo (DP)||Italy|
|22||Defender||Rónald Matarrita||Costa Rica|
|24||Goalkeeper||Andre Rawls||United States|
|27||Defender||R. J. Allen||United States|
|52||Defender||Shannon Gomez||Trinidad and Tobago|
|—||Forward||Jalen Brown||United States|
|—||Midfielder||Miguel Camargo (on loan from Chorrillo)||Panama|
|—||Goalkeeper||Sean Johnson||United States|
|—||Forward||Jonathan Lewis (GA)||United States|
|—||Forward||Sean Okoli||United States|
Out on loan
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.
|23||Defender||Jefferson Mena (on loan to Barcelona)||Colombia|
|Club president||Jon Patricof|
|Vice president for partnerships||Ben Martin|
|Vice president for communications||Martin Von Wurthenau|
|Sporting Director||Claudio Reyna|
|Director of player recruitment||David Lee|
|Head coach||Patrick Vieira|
|Assistant coach||Javier Perez|
|Assistant coach||Christian Lattanzio|
|Goalkeeping coach||Rob Vartughian|
|Performance coach||Kristian Wilson|
|Head trainer||Kevin Christen|
|Youth technical coordinator||Rodrigo Marion|
Last updated: March 6, 2015
|Tim Pernetti||September 9, 2013||February 1, 2015|
|Tom Glick||February 1, 2015||March 1, 2016|
|Jon Patricof||March 1, 2016|
The USL's Wilmington Hammerheads were NYCFC's first affiliate, announced on January 16, 2015. One year later, both clubs announced an extension to that original agreement. On April 21, 2016, the club announced that the Long Island Rough Riders would be their official Premier Development League partner beginning with the 2016 season.
NYCFC began building its youth development program in April 2014 by partnering with eight local youth soccer clubs.
In February 2015, the club announced the formal creation of an academy, beginning with a single team at U-13 and U-14 level.
- As of November 6, 2016 
|Year||MLS Regular season||Position||MLS Cup
|2016||34||15||9||10||62||57||54||2nd||4th||Conference Semifinals||4R||DNQ||David Villa||23|
- Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- As of October 1, 2016 
|Jason Kreis||United States||December 11, 2013||November 2, 2015||35||10||18||7||28.57|
|Patrick Vieira||France||January 1, 2016||Present||35||15||11||9||42.86|
- As of October 24, 2016
|Season||Reg. Season||MLS Playoffs|
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