City Voice – A Small Step in the Right Direction by NYCFC

MegaphoneWhen I received a notification about “City Voice” from NYCFC this week I was skeptical to say the least. The introductory email promised, “an online community for soccer fans that allows you to have input on how the Club is created.”

A little late for that.

No matter, I was still curious so I registered to see what exactly the team had put together. I was expecting some sort of forum with occasional fan polls on the sidebar. Instead it looks like a nice little tool for fans to participate in the decision making process for some smaller details around the team. Here’s a look at the launch of the platform. [Read more…]

New York City FC 2015 Schedule – Quick Reaction

ScheduleFor fans, especially season ticket holders, today’s MLS schedule release warranted special attention even in a generally chaotic news day for the league. It’s a first glimpse at what’s ahead for 2015, and a framework for the narrative to come.

Here’s a quick summary of my thoughts after briefly reviewing NYCFC’s schedule: [Read more…]

Fifteen for ’15 – NYCFC and New York Soccer in the New Year

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As the calendar turns to January, here are Fifteen things I’d like to see for New York City FC and New York soccer in general in 2015.

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Lampard isn’t Worth the Hassle for NYCFC or MLS

By now anyone who follows MLS or the Premier League knows that Frank Lampard’s loan to Manchester City has been extended. The signature signing for NYCFC, Lampard was originally scheduled to return to the club in January after spending the first half of the English season with Manchester City. He was loaned to stay sharp and provide Man City with some midfield depth and, as outlined here and elsewhere ad nauseam, he’s exceeded expectations in that role. City has had a string of injuries to its front line players, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that they retain Lampard through the end of the season so they have sufficient resources to pursue silverware on multiple fronts.

It’s an unfortunate situation for the club and the league because speculation about Lampard’s future has become the story in recent weeks. It’s easily the highest profile story associated with the league right now, a quick glance at any MLS-related news site or forum will confirm that. And simply put, Frank Lampard isn’t worth the attention. [Read more…]

NYCFC Hits a Rough Patch – Growing Pains of an Expansion Team

ShipStormSmallIt’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.

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New York City FC – Tickets, Uniforms and the Season Ahead

yellowA reboot of sorts, and a look ahead to 2015, the first season for NYCFC: [Read more…]

Three Thoughts from Red Bull Arena – New York Red Bulls 0, DC United 0

Snow GlobeSummary of an exchange I had many times last night:

“What’d you do earlier today – parade?”

“No I was over at the Red Bulls game.  Good time.”

“Oh yeah, who won?”

“Zero-zero.”

And then I’d get that look.  Half sympathetic, as if the result indicated that I’d wasted an afternoon out in Jersey.  Half confused – how can they let things end in a tie?

Yet anyone who watched yesterday knows the score was not at all indicative of the quality or pace of the game.  Journey, not destination, right?  A few thoughts this morning after an up-tempo, chippy, thoroughly entertaining contest in Harrison.

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Thierry Henry is Frustrated, And That’s a Good Thing

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Thierry Henry isn’t happy.  An article by Grant Wahl in last week’s Sports Illustrated caught the attention of the MLS community, with mixed reactions.  The widely distributed portion of the three-page article is Henry’s claim that winning a title in Major League Soccer, “is more difficult than in any league in Europe.”  As Wahl notes, there’s nobody better equipped to make such a judgment.  Henry has won at every level, bagging a World Cup, European Championship and a league title in nearly every league he’s competed in – except Serie A, where he played sixteen games, and MLS.

But it wasn’t the initial statement that created waves, it was Henry’s reasoning; “[In Europe], I didn’t have to tell [ex-Arsenal and France teammates] Robert Pires or Patrick Vieira what to do, so I was concentrating on what I had to do.  I’m not having a go at anyone; I’m just saying that it’s easier to have guys who know exactly what it takes.” [Read more…]

I’m Surprised Red Bulls Fans Aren’t Living in Padded Rooms – Question of Club Identity as it Relates to Red Bull New York

PicassoI woke up Sunday morning with good intentions.  After browsing around online for a bit my goal was to do some laundry and get work done.  Then I landed on this post over at Empire of Soccer, and began my descent into the rabbit hole.

First of all, go read that post.  All credit to “RBNY Optimist” for generating the ideas that set me on the path to writing this.  Wish I knew specifically who the writer was so I could give more credit by that chosen handle will have to suffice.  Honestly, go read the post, react in your own way.  This is simply my extended reaction. [Read more…]

Why I Bought a New York Cosmos Season Ticket

RocketLaunchLast week, while browsing the internet/Twitter, I happened upon the New York Cosmos website – specifically the season ticket page.  Or season ticket deposit page (details).  The rebirth of the Cosmos – who will begin play in the recently re-booted North American Soccer League this August – has been of interest to me, but I hadn’t actually considered buying tickets until that moment.

I certainly intended to buy tickets when the Cosmos eventually (inevitably?) joined MLS, complete with an upgraded roster and new stadium.  What I hadn’t really considered was watching the “new” Cosmos in their infancy, playing games at Hofstra University located well west east of the city.  Yet after a few minutes spent thinking about it, including a glance at the schedule (seven of eight games played on Saturday night – convenient), the drive (roughly 40 minutes from Brooklyn), and the price ($96 for eight games) I decided to submit a deposit. [Read more…]