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New York City FC

Bringing a second Major League Soccer team to New York was in the works since 2010. However, the leagues 20th franchise, New York City Football Club, didn’t officially kick off until 2015 as the second team in the New York area. Although unlike the New York Red Bulls who play in New Jersey, The Blues are really New York’s team. They actually play in New York City, with their home games taking place at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx while plans for a soccer specific stadium materialize.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Belmont Park, and other sites near Yankee Stadium have been in consideration, but nothing official has manifested to date. While it’s a huge point of frustration for fans, the team is dead set on a location within the city’s five boroughs, and rightfully so.

The team is owned by a global partnership between England’s Manchester City and the New York Yankees, together covering the $100 million expansion fee to enter the MLS. The NYCFC brand was created with both organizations in mind, taking their sky-blue color from Manchester City, navy blue from the Yankees, and orange from the city’s Dutch history, the same orange featured in the flag of New York State.

Before NYCFC came to existence, the New York Cosmos had first crack at it though decided against applying to enter the MLS due to its high expansion fee and ended up in the NASL instead. FC Barcelona was also involved at one point with nothing coming to fruition.

Upon forming the team, former Manchester City and United States midfielder, New Jersey native Claudio Reyna, was named the team’s first director of football operations. Jason Kreis was hired as their first coach in 2013 in the lead up to their inaugural season. In June 2014, the face of the franchise was established with the first player NYCFC ever signed, World Cup Champion, Spanish legend David Villa. That signing was followed by the signing of two other legends, albeit passed their prime, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and English International, Frank Lampard, and Italian International and Juventus superstar, Andres Pirlo.

NYCFC’s first season was a struggle, going 10(W)-7(D)-17(L) and finishing at the bottom of the standings, 8th of ten teams in their division, earning the second lowest points total in the league. The first win came in their second official MLS game, a home win at Yankee Stadium in front of 43,507 fans over the New England Revolution.

Fortunes changed for the better in 2016 (15-9-10) with a stellar campaign under new coach Patrick Viera, finishing three points behind the New York Red Bulls for the top spot in the division. Led by league MVP David Villa and his 23 goals, NYC made the playoffs for the first time, making it as far as the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The team set the record for largest improvement in wins by any team in MLS history year-over-year.

They followed that up with two more strong seasons, going 16-9-9 in 2017 and 16-8-10 in 2018, reaching the conference semi-finals in each. In saw them finishing as runners-up for the Supporters Shield. Patrick Viera left for Ligue 1 club Nice midway through the 2018 season, replaced by Pep Guardiola’s longtime assistant Domènec Torrent.

In just a few years in the league, NYCFC has established itself as one of the top franchises with one of the biggest and most passionate fanbases. Forbes ranked it 3rd most valuable in MLS by in 2016, worth over $285 million.

New York City FC 2019 MLS Results

DateFixtureFTHT
2019.05.11 LA Galaxy
New York City FC
0
2
0
2
2019.05.04 Montreal Impact
New York City FC
0
2
0
1
2019.04.27 New York City FC
Orlando City
1
1
0
1
2019.04.24 New York City FC
Chicago Fire
1
0
1
0
2019.04.21 DC United
New York City FC
0
2
0
1
2019.04.13 Minnesota Utd
New York City FC
3
3
3
2
2019.04.06 New York City FC
Montreal Impact
0
0
0
0
2019.03.29 Toronto FC
New York City FC
4
0
1
0
2019.03.17 New York City FC
LAFC
2
2
1
1
2019.03.10 New York City FC
DC United
0
0
0
0
2019.03.02 Orlando City
New York City FC
2
2
0
2

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