The City That Never Sleeps
Football (soccer) in New York is more popular than you might anticipate. Yes it still holds true that football isn't the most treasured sport in the USA, coming 5th on the list of the top ten most popular sports for 2019. That being said though there is quite a hotbed of professional and amateur teams that are located in the city of New York. The three professional clubs are New York Cosmos, New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. With the later being the reason why we are visiting this great city on our tour of the world. We will be focusing our attention on this team solely but if I find myself owning a shirt from either of the other two teams then I am sure we can revisit the city at a later date.
New York City Football Club
One of the youngest clubs in my football shirt collection, the team was only founded in 2013, playing their first ever match in 2015. They are owned by both the City Football Group (80%) and Yankee Global Enterprises (20%). The City Football Group is a holding company under the ownership of Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG). Along with NYCFC they own stakes in football teams from Australia, Japan, Spain, Uruguay, China, India and of course most famously the UK, where they own Manchester City.
At the moment the club have only featured in three full seasons of MLS in which they have performed remarkably well. At least certainly in the Eastern Conference where they play. The first season they finished 2nd in the league, the following season they finished 3rd and in the most recent season they finished 1st. Quite an amazing achievement for a team that was only founded a handful of years previous. Their performances in the MLS Cup Play-Offs have been disappointing though by comparison. Each season they have been knocked out in the Conference Semi-finals so they are yet to test their metal against the best of the best from the Western Conference.
The Shirt - Away 2016/2017
We head off to Washington D.C. and pay a visit to D.C. United.