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New York City FC
Full name New York City Football Club
Founded May 21, 2013; 3 years ago
Stadium Yankee Stadium
Capacity 33,444[1] (49,642 maximum)
Owner City Football Group (80%)

Yankee Global Enterprises(20%)[2]

CEO Ferran Soriano
Head coach Patrick Vieira
League Major League Soccer
2015 Eastern Conference: 8th

Overall: 17th
Playoffs: Did not qualify

Website Club home page
Home colors Away colors
Current season

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.[3] 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.[4]

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. 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,[40] 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.[41][42][43][44] 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...".[18]

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.[45] 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.[46]

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.[47] 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.[48] Fans were given three days to vote on the final design, and the winner was announced on March 20.[49]

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,[50] revealing a sky blue shirt taking its inspiration from parent club Manchester City.[51] 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.[52]

Kit evolution[edit]

Home, away, and third kits.

  • Home
2015 2016
  • Away
2015 2016–


Season Manufacturer Sponsor Ref.
2015– Adidas Etihad Airways [53]

City Football Group sponsor Etihad Airways was announced to be NYCFC's inaugural jersey sponsor[53] 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[54] and Adidas[55] 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.[20] 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.[56] On top of the YES broadcasting rights, the deal included free streaming of all games across the internet via the Fox Sports Go website.[56] 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.[57]


Main articles: Yankee Stadium and New York City FC Stadium

The team currently plays at Yankee Stadium

Before the official team was announced, plans were presented by MLS to build a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park[58] 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.[59]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.[60]



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.[61] 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.[62]

Before the club began play in March 2015, the club's season-ticket membership had already surpassed 14,000,[63] and by April 2015 season-ticket sales had reached 16,000.[64]


Main article: Hudson River Derby

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.[65][66][67] Although initially regarded as a manufactured rivalry with little of the traditional banter apparent between long-time local rivals,[68] the first meetings between the two clubs displayed an increasing level of animosity between the two sides.[69] The Red Bulls won the first ever encounter between the two, a league game on May 10, 2015, at Red Bull Arena.[70] A series of brawls between supporters of the two teams occurred before and after matches between the two teams.[71]The contest has been dubbed the Hudson River Derby by supporters.Players and staff.

Current roster

Spanish World Cup-winning forward David Villa is the team captain.

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of July 16, 2016.[72]

No. Position Player Nation 2 Defender Jason Hernandez     Puerto Rico
3 Defender Ethan White     United States
4 Defender Maxime Chanot     Luxembourg
5 Midfielder Mikey Lopez     United States
6 Midfielder Federico Bravo (on loan from Boca Juniors)    Argentina
7 Forward David Villa (C)    Spain
8 Midfielder Frank Lampard (DP)    England
9 Forward Stiven Mendoza (on loan from Corinthians)    Colombia
10 Midfielder Mix Diskerud     United States
11 Midfielder Jack Harrison (GA)    England
12 Goalkeeper Josh Saunders     Puerto Rico
13 Defender Frédéric Brillant     France
15 Midfielder Tommy McNamara     United States
16 Defender Connor Brandt     United States
19 Forward Khiry Shelton     United States
20 Midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy     Morocco
21 Midfielder Andrea Pirlo (DP)    Italy
22 Defender Rónald Matarrita     Costa Rica
23 Defender Jefferson Mena     Colombia
24 Goalkeeper Andre Rawls     United States
25 Goalkeeper Eirik Johansen     Norway
27 Defender R. J. Allen     United States
30 Defender Diego Martínez     Argentina
51 Defender Andoni Iraola     Spain
52 Defender Shannon Gomez (on loan from W Connection)    Trinidad and Tobago
99 Forward Tony Taylor     Panama

Team management[edit]

Patrick Vieira, a World Cup-winner for France, is the head coach.

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
Coaching staff
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 Source: [73]

Club presidents[edit]

New York City FC Presidents
Name From To Honors Tim Pernetti September 9, 2013 February 1, 2015
Tom Glick February 1, 2015 March 1, 2016
Jon Patricof March 1, 2016[74]


The USL's Wilmington Hammerheads were NYCFC's first affiliate, announced on January 16, 2015.[75] One year later, both clubs announced an extension to that original agreement.[76] 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.[77]


NYCFC began building its youth development program in April 2014 by partnering with eight local youth soccer clubs.[78]

In February 2015, the club announced the formal creation of an academy, beginning with a single team at U-13 and U-14 level.[79]

Team records[edit]


As of October 23, 2016 [citation needed]

Main article: List of New York City FC records and statistics

Year MLS Regular season Position MLS Cup


Open Cup Champions


Top Scorer
P W L D GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals 2015 34 10 17 7 49 58 37 8th 17th DNQ 4R DNQ David Villa 18
2016 34 15 9 10 62 57 54 2nd 4th TBD 4R DNQ David Villa 23

Head coaches[edit]

  • Includes MLS regular Season, MLS Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions League, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
As of October 1, 2016 [citation needed]


All Time New York City FC Coaching Stats
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win % 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

Average attendance[edit]

As of October 24, 2016 [citation needed]

New York City FC Average Attendances
Season Reg. Season MLS Playoffs 2015 29,016 DNQ
2016 27,196 TBD