New York City FC
New York City FC is the very first professional soccer franchise based in New York City. It was formally established in 2015 and played its very first Major League Soccer (MLS) game that same year as the twentieth team to join the league. As of November 2019, there are a total of 24 teams in the league, with plans to welcome five more by the end of 2022. Though New York City is one of the younger teams taking part in MLS, it’s fast become one of the most popular and successful. In fact in 2016, the year following the club’s debut, it was estimated to have one of the largest fanbases and was said to be worth approximately $285 million, making it the league’s third most valuable club.
The home field for New York City FC is Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. This stadium replaced the original Yankee Stadium and was designed to be much larger and much more modern. Owing to spiralling costs and various delays, it ended up becoming the single most expensive stadium in the world, with its construction costing $2.3 billion. New York City FC shares the stadium with the baseball team New York Yankees.
New York City FC Roster
The club’s current roster is made up of 28 players. Of these, a dozen are from the US and the remaining 16 are from other countries, ranging from Brazil and Sweden, to Romania and Peru. In total, the team represents 16 different nationalities. Alexander Ring has been the captain since 2019, taking over from David Villa who led the club from its inauguration in 2015 through to the end of 2018.
Defender Joe Scally and midfielders James Sands and Justin Haak made it into the club through the Homegrown Player Rule. This is a program that allows clubs to directly sign up local players who have gone through their own development academy. Before this was allowed, players could only be signed up if they went through an official MLS player allocation process. Three players, midfielders Maximiliano Moralez and Jesús Medina, and forward Alexandru Mitriță, are in the club because of the Designated Player Rule. This allows each MLS franchise to sign no more than three players who are outside of the club’s regular salary cap.
Of the club’s current players, the youngest his Joe Scally. Now 16, he made his debut in a game against New York Red Bulls when he was just 15 years and 157 days old. The oldest player, on the other hand, is 32-year-old Maximiliano Moralez. Both defender Alexander Callens and goalkeeper Sean Johnson have made 70 appearances in various matches, more than any other player. Brazilian forward Héber Araujo dos Santos, more commonly known as just Héber, is the most successful goal scorer for 2019. He joined the club earlier this year and has scored a total of 15 goals. However, he’s got a long way to go if he wants to beat the all-time record set by David Villa, who logged no fewer than 80 goals during his four years with the club.
During this year’s MLS, there were some outstanding performances from the club’s players. These helped the club come second overall behind Los Angeles FC. Some of the highlights from the club’s performance include Alexandru Mitriță’s hat-trick in the match against Atlanta United FC on 25 September, and Maximiliano Moralez being awarded MLS Player of the Month for June. He totalled 20 assists, which is more than any other player in the MLS.
New York City FC Jerseys
Since the club’s debut in 2015, all of its kits have been manufactured by Adidas and sponsored by Etihad Airways. The current home kit is actually the second one the club has used. It was unveiled on 7 January 2017 in a video featuring passionate young fan Michael. He was given an early sneak peek of the jersey and got to appear in the promotional video combining live action with animation. The video shows Michael meeting one of the club’s players and swapping his old New York City FC T-shirt for the new jersey.
The sky blue jersey features heather blue texture to make it more comfortable and wearable. The state flag of New York City is present on the jersey’s jock tag and has the club’s logo emblazoned on it in the central white stripe. Other features include a vinyl-crafted badge, the names of the five city boroughs listed along the neck tape and orange accents inspired by the city.
Jerseys can be purchased from the MLS official online store, which can be accessed here. The store has a wide range of other branded clothing items, as well as various accessories and collectibles, for sale as well.