New York City FC officially became the 20th franchise in MLS history on May 21, 2013. It was the culmination of a passionate, years-long effort to bring a second soccer club to the city. With the vertiginous rise of the sport’s popularity in North America, the MLS approached several ownership groups about establishing a second team, but it didn’t become a reality until the new franchise was awarded to the City Football Group and the Yankees. Upon making its debut for the 2015 season, the club became a regular playoff contender. It made the Eastern Conference semifinals for three years in a row between 2016 and 2018. Then, it captured its first regular-season conference title in 2019. The club has also competed in the US Open Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League. Fans of American soccer can purchase New York City FC tickets at StubHub.
Who are some of the top players in New York City history?
Despite its young history, NYC has had several outstanding performances. Forward David Villa led the team in goals between 2015 and 2018, while Heber Araujo dos Santos led all scorers in 2019 with 15 goals. Midfielder Maximiliano Moralez also led the club in assists between 2017 and 2019.
What was New York City FC’s record last season?
New York City FC finished at the top of the 2019 Eastern Conference standings — and second in the entire MLS — with 64 points and a record of 18-6-10. After receiving a first-round bye in the playoffs, New York City fell 2-1 to the fourth seed and eventual Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC. With both their top strikers out, the teams traded goals early on. Alejandro Pozuelo scored for Toronto in the 47th minute, while Ismael Tajouri-Shradi drew NYC even with a goal in the 69th minute. But NYC lost in heartbreaking fashion when Pozuelo scored again on a penalty kick in the 90th minute.
Does New York City FC have any rivals?
The rivalry between New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls is known as the Hudson River Derby. Starting in 2020, the teams will begin competing for an annual trophy.
What are some of the top games for the New York City FC's upcoming season?
New York City’s 2020 regular season takes place between March 1 and Oct. 4. A rematch against Toronto FC looms at home on May 13. This is followed by a critical home stretch against the New York Red Bulls on May 31, the New England Revolution on June 14 and Atlanta United FC on June 17. The final stretch of the season includes the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 8, the LA Galaxy on Aug. 30 and DC United on Sept. 26. NYC also plays the New York Red Bulls on the road on Aug. 23. Outside of the MLS season, NYC plays A.D. San Carlos from Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Champions League on Feb. 20 and 26. The winner on aggregate score in the two-game series advances to the next round. NYC will also play in the fourth round of the US Open Cup on May 19 or 20.
Who is New York City FC’s head coach?
Ronny Deila —a former coach with Celtic FC in Scotland and Valerenga and Stromsgodset in Norway — became New York City’s head coach on Jan. 6, 2020, following the departure of Domenec Torrent. Deila won both the 2010 Norwegian Football Cup and the 2013 league title with Stromsgodset.
What is a New York City FC game like?
New York City currently plays most home games at Yankee Stadium. Sections 236 and 237 in Yankee Stadium are designated as the supporters' section. NYC’s main supporter group is the Third Rail, which derives its name from the third rail of a subway system. The Third Rail leads the crowd in chants and cheers throughout the match. The club's ownership group is pursuing a plan for a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in the South Bronx, so the games may be quite different in the future.Back to Top