New York City FC Team Guide: 2016 Season

Andrew Rosenberg
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New York City FC
Home field: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY (tickets)

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Who they are: The only team in the region that plays within City limits. Last season’s expansion club missed the playoffs but drew more home fans than all but two other MLS franchises.

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. As they find harmony, and young sensation Kwadwo Poku matures, brighter days should lie ahead.  

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.

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. station, or Metro-North express trains from Grand Central Terminal to the Yankees-153rd St. station. Ticket prices per game are generally $25–$100.

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Must-See 2016 NYC Soccer Matches

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Must-See 2016 NYC Soccer Matches

The Major League Soccer regular season runs from early March to late October, with the postseason following on. March 6 New York Red Bulls vs. The Red Bulls begin what they hope is another successful campaign against high-flying goal scorer Sebastian Giovinco and US men’s national soccer team captain Michael Bradley. March 13 New York City FC vs. Giovinco, Bradley and Co. May 21 New York City FC vs. Round One in this year’s local rivalry series. May 29 New York City FC vs. This should serve as a kind of State of the Union for the comparative progress of last year’s two expansion clubs. June 1 and 15 Third and Fourth Rounds of US Open Cup (teams TBD) It’s uncertain that any of the local teams will host in this tournament (which includes teams from all levels of American soccer), but chances are good that at least one will. June 12 Ecuador vs. Two teams in Copa America Centenario’s Group B square off in this match at MetLife Stadium; advancement to the quarterfinals may be at stake. June 17 Copa America Centenario Quarterfinal  This MetLife Stadium game will pit the winner of Group B against the second-place team in Group A. June 26 Copa America Centenario Final The historic tournament crowns a champion at MetLife Stadium. July 3 New York City FC vs. Another installment in the New York derby. July 10 New York Red Bulls vs. This marks the lone time the defending MLS champs will come to town. July 24 New York Red Bulls vs. For the last time this regular season, City supremacy is on the line. Lloyd Sam (with ball) and Taylor Kemp, New York Red Bulls vs. September 11 New York Red Bulls vs. One of the original, and most heated, MLS rivalries resumes.


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