Thursday, April 12, 2018
I don't think I've ever been so relaxed at a football match. They started off strong and never let up.
If you had told me that we'd start this game with David Villa and Alexander Ring sitting on the bench, and looked this good, I wouldn't have believed it. But our depth is real, and I could definitely get used to it.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Still don't like making the boroughs share, but at least we get two separate patches. I was worried there.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Pirlo posted this on his Instagram feed about an hour ago:
I couldn't be more grateful and glad to be part of this celebration day. New York is not only the wonderful city where I've decided to retire, this is the city where people work hard everyday to reach their goals. I couldn't be prouder to inspire all of the young newyorkers and to show them that everyone deserves to realize their dreams. Thank you Mayor De Blasio for this awesome opportunity
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Here's the full text of the mayoral proclamation:
"NOW THEREFORE, I, BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH, 2017, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AS:
WHEREAS: IN NEW YORK CITY, SPORTS ARE MUCH MORE THAN JUST ENTERTAINMENT AND PASTIMES; THEY BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, INSPIRE GENERATIONS OF FANS, AND HAVE THE POWER TO UNITE US AS ONE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 2015, THE NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB HAS BROUGHT THE WIDESPREAD THRILL OF PROFESSIONAL SOCCER AND A LINEUP OF TALENTED PLAYERS HOME TO YANKEE STADIUM. ONE OF THESE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES, ANDREA PIRLO, HAS MADE AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT ON THE SPORT HERE IN NEW YORK AND FAR BEYOND, AND ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT, I AM PLEASED TO JOIN IN RECOGNIZING ALL HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED. WHEREAS: FROM HELPING BRESCIA CALCIO WIN THE SERIE B TITLE IN 1997 TO LEADING HIS NATIVE ITALY TO VICTORY DURING THE 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP, ANDREA PIRLO HAS BEEN AN INTEGRAL MEMBER OF SOME OF ITALY'S TOP SOCCER TEAMS. IN 2015, ANDREA JOINED THE NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB, HELPING THE TEAM REACH THE PLAYOFFS AND GARNERING THE SUPPORT OF OUR CITY'S ITALIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. HIS REVOLUTIONARY STYLE OF PLAY CHANGED THE WAY MIDFIELDERS ARE VIEWED BY SOCCER PLAYERS AND FANS ALIKE, AND HIS ACCURACY, VISION, AND CREATIVITY ON THE FIELD HAVE SECURED HIS LEGACY AS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN HIS POSITION. THE MANY AWARDS AND ACCOLADES ANDREA HAS RECEIVED, INCLUDING A BRONZE MEDAL AT THE 2004 OLYMPICS IN ATHENS, ARE A TESTAMENT TO HIS SKILL AND THE BREADTH OF HIS INFLUENCE. WHEREAS: WHETHER HE'S DUBBED L'ARCHITETTO ("THE ARCHITECT"), MAESTRO, OR METRONOME, ANDREA HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO THE TEAMS HE HAS PLAYED FOR. NOW A PROUD NEW YORKER, HE IS A TERRIFIC ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS THROUGHOUT THE FIVE BOROUGHS AND BEYOND. TODAY, I AM PROUD TO JOIN ANDREA'S FAMILY, FRIENDS, FANS, AND NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB COLLEAGUES IN CONGRATULATING HIM ON AN IMPRESSIVE CAREER, AND I OFFER MY BEST WISHES FOR A WONDERFUL RETIREMENT AND CONTINUED SUCCESS.
"ANDREA PIRLO DAY"
Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Congratulations to the Maestro!
Monday, August 28, 2017
In addition to those three colors of the Primary Palette, supporting documents revealed a Secondary Palette of "NY Gold" (a metallic Old Gold), "NY Orange" (an Athletic Gold just a little darker than that used by the Green Bay Packers), and a royal blue they called "NY Blue".
There's more logic to the choice of the latter two colors, which are remarkably similar to the official colors of New York State. The City has blue and orange, the state blue and gold.
This page from the New York State Branding Overview and Guidelines and Architecture show the blue and gold in context:
But regardless of what you want to call those three secondary colors, or why they were chosen, I'm more interested in why the club changed its mind. So far as I know, they were never used.
The gold almost found its way into the club's branding; it was used as an outline in one of the two badges put up for a fan vote:
On the club's promotional materials, they listed it as the "color of success, elegance and triumph".
My understanding at the time was that the Secondary Palette was never intended to be used on kits or merchandise, featured instead in web design and similar graphic applications. But unless I missed something, that was never the case.
We may never know why the club changed course. It's another interesting chapter in our growing story, a reminder of the false starts and course changes made when you build a club from scratch.
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017
We hand them a golden opportunity, and this is the best they can make of it.
It's not terribly clever, has no real sense of humor, and it's not even particularly well-done. No wonder their fans thought the club was paying for our tifo, if straight lines are beyond their capabilities.
Kate Reilly had the best response:
Weak sauce. No map? No Whalers reference? Gilmore Girls? nothing? pic.twitter.com/yLSbXrHWmH— Kate Reilly (@kateofthings) August 25, 2017
Weak, indeed. Their tifo game has always been so.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
NYCFC House is "the Club’s first-ever pop-up shop and soccer experience space". For three weeks, club members can journey to Manhattan's Meatpacking District to buy stuff and participate in events.
Here's what the club says we have in store at the House:
Looks interesting. I know I'll be checking it out.POP UP SHOP
Support your city. NYCFC House brings you a selection of retail merchandise and exclusive, limited-time offerings so you can represent your team.
Try out some of the latest technology, then visit the Secret Pitch, where your little ones can test their prowess, finesse and discipline in the Beautiful Game. The player with the best score each day will win a prize!
More than a retail space, visitors to #NYCFCHouse will have a chance to hear from those who’ve shaped the world’s biggest sport during a series of daytime seminar series, “Chalk Talks”, as well as meet players, legends and celebrity fans.
Immerse yourself in the virtual venue and hear about all our different offerings straight from NYCFC front office staff.
#NYCFCHouse will be located in the Meatpacking District (446 West 14th St.) from August 31 to September 21. General opening hours are 10 AM to 6 PM.
So NYCFC is losing a home game, booted out by the Yankees rescheduling a rain date. And rather than rent the fields at Columbia or Fordham or some other place in the city, they have in their infinite wisdom decided to schedule it at the University of Connecticut in East Hartford.
The Third Rail ran some buses up to that stadium to watch a USMNT match back in 2014, and the traffic was so bad that we ended up pulling over and watching from bars along the way. It's an easy three hours each way, even on a Saturday afternoon.
What a debacle. And what's worse is that the club has obviously been working on this for weeks and decided to spring it on us now. If they had come out and announced that the match would have to be moved, and later that it would be held three hours away from Yankee Stadium, at least we would have been prepared for it.
This smacks of Lampard all over again. Why won't the club work with us? We're more than customers, we're partners. Or at least we ought to be.
So that's one home match I won't be able to attend this season. Which sucks. Not a good look, fellas. Can't wait to see the Red Bull tifo now.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
A very unusual gaffe from Sean Johnson there. Shows the mettle of this club that they don't let his blunder cost them the game. New York City never says die.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Wonder what this'll be? A merchandise outlet, space for meet & greets, or some type of community outreach? We'll see.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Wallace scored his second goal in as many games. Good determined work from the Rodfather, and he came over to celebrate in our corner.
Frustrating to let them back into the game, as Montreal gets their equalizer in the 67th minute.
- Jonathan Lewis made his professional debut, being subbed on in the 78th minute.
- Another notable debut: the new blue shorts.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Two goals from our Captain, with Rodney Wallace, and Maxi Moralez each contributing one of their own.
An electric atmosphere in Yankee Stadium, and a dominating performance from our boys. This could be one hell of a season.
Friday, March 10, 2017
It's over - NYCFC has found a new home for Mix Diskerud, loaning him to IFK Göteborg in Sweden's Allsvenskan league.
This news is a bit bittersweet. Mix came in to our club with high hopes all around; we were getting a promising young star (without sacrificing a DP spot), and by playing in MLS he would be able to solidify his place in the US Mens National Team. And those hopes seemed to be paying off when he scored the first goal in NYCFC history. But things started to sour shortly afterwards, and it's been clear for a long time that Mix doesn't figure in to Patrick Vieira's plans for the squad. Now he's able to find a place where he'll get more playing time, and we can move on.
He remains under contract with MLS, and could return to the US when his loan expires in August. But until then, lykke til, Mix.