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New York City FC Games
New York City Football Club – also known as The Pigeons, The Bronx Blues, and The Boys in Blue – is an American professional soccer club that plays in Major League Soccer, an organization known for holding the highest-level soccer competitions in North America. For more information about this elite team, keep reading.
When New York City FC was founded in 2013, it was actually a long time coming. The first discussion about expanding in NYC occurred back in 2006. However, due to territorial concerns and rights with the New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos, nothing came of it for years. When they started recruiting and called Jason Kreis to be head coach, it was a surprise to soccer enthusiasts. When they played their first game in 2015, they officially became the twentieth expansion team in MLS.
In 2015, New York City FC began their season home games at the iconic Yankee Stadium located in the Bronx, known primarily for hosting New York Yankees games in Major League Baseball. The team has had one-off matches at Coffey Field (the Bronx) and Citi Field (Queens), but they always had plans for a different stadium devoted exclusively to soccer. Several proposals have been shot down due to objections from the nearby sports teams and city officials. Club president Jon Patricof reports that they are eyeing several sites for future developments. But for now, around 50,000 spectators can enjoy the team’s home games at Yankee Stadium. New York City FC’s biggest supporter group, known as The Third Rail, even have their own exclusive seating section at the outdoor stadium.
When it comes to rivals, it probably is not a shock that the nearby Red Bulls are in a heated rivalry with New York City FC. Maybe the aggression began when the Red Bulls triumphed over New York City FC in their first-ever 2015 match, 7-0. Some sports critics have said that the tension comes from New York City FC’s origins. In MLS, other teams have had to have strong, concrete plans for a stadium prior to joining the league. Another conflict is that New York City FC has received tons of media attention, due to their shiny, new status in MLS. Fans of each team disagree over the newer team is receiving special treatment, but with real estate pricey and sparse in the city, progress on the stadium front is bound to be slow. That said, New York City FC plays competitively on the field. See for yourself at a game near you.