It’s a unique experience following the development of an expansion team. Living in the New York area, it’s not a process I’ve ever seen up close before. All NYC area teams were well entrenched before I arrived on the scene years ago. In fact the only real local expansion in my lifetime was the launch of MLS and the MetroStars in 1996, but that was expansion on a much larger scale, and I was too young at the time to pay much attention. There have been uniform changes for the local teams, relocations (Nets) and even the rebirth of the Cosmos, but New York City Football Club is the first legitimate expansion team I’ve followed along the way.
I was trying to prioritize topics to write about and that realization hit me – this whole ride is exceedingly strange. It seems like some major facet of the club is being revealed every week, and I wanted to take some time to go through a couple recent developments.