The New York City market's second Major League Soccer team—a rival to the Red Bulls—have adopted Yankee Stadium as their temporary home pitch and signed well-known players like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.
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New York City FC, and its stars, are thriving in NYC.
Sports NYCFC Team Guide: 2016 Season
New York City FC Home field: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (tickets) Who they are: The only team in the region that plays within City limits. Faces of the franchise: A starry trio of European footballers—midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, and striker David Villa—joined the team as designated players in its first year but didn’t have much time together. Key addition: Despite trading for the top pick in the MLS draft (Jack Harrison, who is out with an injury to start the year), NYCFC might find that its success depends on how the players—especially on the defensive side—respond to first-time manager Patrick Vieira, former captain of the France national team and longtime Arsenal midfielder. Fan club: The Third Rail (Sample chant: “I wanna Diskerud all night / And party everyday!” That would be for midfielder Mix Diskerud.) Local supporters’ bar: Places near the stadium should work; other bars that hold away-game watch parties include Ryan’s Daughter, on the Upper East Side. (From left) Kwadwo Poku, David Villa and Thomas McNamara. Random bit of trivia: The team’s just-unveiled secondary jerseys use orange and blue as their main colors—somewhat reminiscent of the colors worn by a crosstown baseball club not named the Yankees. Match-day practicalities: Take the B, D or 4 trains to the Yankee Stadium-161st St.
Sports NYC Soccer FAQ
Soccer’s foothold in NYC is stronger than ever. How many major professional teams play in the New York City metropolitan area? Three. Where can I go see them? The Red Bulls play out in Harrison, New Jersey—an easy PATH train ride away. Wait. While most soccer venues in MLS are purpose built for the sport, a few are converted—and NYCFC’s home is the only one that is primarily a baseball park (the others are football stadiums). Wait again. True, but it’s sometimes used to refer to the field of play in soccer. When does the MLS season start? All the teams are in training camp already, and the season kicks off on March 6. So do any of the local teams play against one another? The so-called Hudson River derby, which pits NYCFC and the Red Bulls against each other, takes place three times a season; the Red Bulls swept last year’s inaugural series. What is a derby? Pronounced dar-bee, it’s soccer’s word (though not proprietary to the sport) for a game between two local rivals. What’s the US Open Cup? It’s one of the most egalitarian competitions going, featuring clubs of all levels. Isn’t that the same time the Copa America Centenario is coming to town? A very big deal. Those guys are great. Well, the Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips led the league in scoring in 2014 and followed that up by being fifth in goals last year, and team captain Dax McCarty is the team’s steadying midfield influence. David Villa. OK, I’m fired up. Get yourself to a game! Visit Ticketmaster for tickets to Copa Centenario; the Red Bulls; and NYCFC.