Friday, May 30, 2014

David Villa to be Introduced This Weekend?

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Inside Spanish Football is reporting that striker David Villa might be announced as NYCFC's first signing as early as this weekend.
New York City FC set to officially confirm the signing of David Villa next week
by Tom Conn | Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014

MLS’ newest expansion side, New York City FC will officially announce the signing of Atletico Madrid and Spanish international striker, David Villa this coming Sunday or Monday.

The news of Villa’s arrival to New York was broken by Spanish radio station, Cadena COPE’s ‘El Partido de las 12′ on Wednesday, Villa’s current contract with the La Liga champions will expire on 30th June and while the Spanish international has an option to renew for another year, he will forgo that option and make a move to the United States.

Villa joined Atletico Madrid from Barcelona last summer, but was originally brought to Barcelona from Valencia by current Manchester City directors Txiki Bergiristain and Ferran Soriano, who have convinced Spain’s all-time leading scorer to become the face of their new franchise in their inaugural season, while going on back to Atletico Madrid on loan for the first part of the season to keep his form before the MLS season begins in March 2015.

Sources close to ISF have confirmed that Major League Soccer have begun a massive marketing campaign to welcome David Villa to New York City FC, including mass production of his official shirt.

Our source also states that the two sides have been working on the deal for over a year and that the official announcement will come this coming Sunday or Monday.

Villa will fly in with the Spanish national team to be presented by NYC FC before joining his teammates as they prepare for their 7th June friendly against El Salvador at FedEX Field in Washington DC.
That would comport with the timeline I've heard, but there's one piece in this article that strikes me as curious.
Sources close to ISF have confirmed that Major League Soccer have begun a massive marketing campaign to welcome David Villa to New York City FC, including mass production of his official shirt.
They don't have an official shirt yet. I had presumed that NYCFC would want to separate the two announcements—kit design and first signing—although it would make sense to have shirts ready for sale to take advantage of the huge boost in interest Villa would bring to the club.

This could be a very big weekend, indeed.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

ESPN FC: "David Villa to New York City FC"

We've known for some time that the club wants to make a splash with its Designated Players, and that the first signing could come as soon as before the world cup. Reports are breaking that the club has come to an agreement with Spanish striker David Villa.
Source: David Villa to New York City FC

May 29, 2014
By Jeff Carlisle

Atletico Madrid and Spain forward David Villa is headed to New York City FC, a source told ESPNFC.com.

A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed that Villa is set to sign a three-year deal, though both the club and MLS have denied that an agreement has been completed. Various media reports have also confirmed the move.

A club spokesperson stated via text message that, "The club has no agreement with any player." An MLS spokesperson echoed that statement.

But a Spain-based source with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed that Villa would be joining NYCFC. New York-based agent Ron Waxman also indicated via Twitter that the Spain international was headed stateside.

The deal to bring Villa to New York would mark the club's first signing since it was officially announced as an expansion team last year, and would constitute a considerable coup for the team. Villa is coming off a La Liga title-winning season with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 13 goals in 36 appearances, 32 of them starts. He has also had successful spells with Sporting Gijon, Real Zaragoza, Valencia, and Barcelona.

He has scored 56 goals in 94 appearances for Spain, and was part of the teams that won both Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. He was named to manager Vicente Del Bosque's provisional 30-man World Cup squad earlier this month.

With NYCFC not slated to begin play until March of 2015, there is a question of what Villa would do until the season begins. During a interview earlier this month, NYCFC director of soccer operations Claudio Reyna indicated that a combinations of loans and short-term contracts would be used to keep the team's players sharp ahead of its debut season.
Obviously huge news, if true. We'll soon see.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Season Ticket Plans Announced!

Just minutes ago, the club released pricing details for tickets to next year's Inaugural Season:


The Supporters' Section is in the left field bleachers (orange), Sections 235-238.

NYCFC consulted with us on the location, and we agreed that this was the best place for us. The bleachers are conducive not only to standing but to the rousing atmosphere we hope to create at Yankee Stadium.

We have also asked that members of the Third Rail be placed in Sections 237 and 238, directly behind the visitors' bullpen. This will mean nobody either behind or in front of us, so we may stand to our hearts' content.

You can see our location on this mockup, from the Yankee Stadium announcement:


As for the pricing, it's very competitive. $18 per match in our section, $306 for the entire MLS season.

From the club's website:
SEASON TICKET HOLDER BENEFITS:

The first 3,000 season ticket accounts will receive the following exclusive benefits:
  • The opportunity to have your name etched in stone and on display as a Founding Member at New York City FC’s future stadium (1 name per account)
  • The name of the account holder will be listed on a limited edition season ticket holder scarf (1 name per account – 1 scarf per seat)
  • Make an installment by June 1, 2014 and you will also receive a New York City FC Founding Member drawstring bag (1 bag per seat)
All Season Ticket Accounts Will Receive:
  • Guaranteed same seat for 17 regular season home matches at Yankee Stadium
  • Priority access to purchase seats in New York City FC’s future soccer-specific stadium
  • Interest-free payment plan options
  • Savings of up to 30% compared to single match prices
  • Free enrollment in the Cityzens membership that will give you the opportunity to participate in the club's decision-making, qualify for discounts on merchandise, access to exclusive and unique money-can’t-buy experiences, game worn memorabilia and more
  • Personalized Seasoncards
  • Priority to purchase home playoff tickets
  • Exclusive season ticket holder scarf for each seat on your account
  • Access to online Account Manager with free Ticket Forwarding
  • Access to online ticket resale site through TM TicketExchange
  • Opportunity to renew your same seat(s) for the 2016 season
  • Priority to upgrade your seat location
  • Dedicated Fan Services Executive
  • Plus much more…
Buy your season tickets here or call 855-77-NYCFC to secure your seats today!
Can't wait.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Third Rail Concept Logo - Skull & Cross-bolts

What do you think of this Third Rail concept logo? It was posted to the group's Facebook page a few days ago.


I think it's interesting. I like the simplicity. It works as well as an icon as at larger sizes, which is a must. I would change the black to dark blue, myself, to keep within the club's larger color scheme.

I'm not so sure about the skull, though. I think the motif is a little played out. The Sons of Ben use a Ben Franklin-styled skull in their logo, and of course the Borough Boys, the largest supporters' group for the New York Cosmos, adopted a Cosmos-themed skull logo.

 

That might be too many skulls in one league, or one city.

Perhaps if our skull was personalized in some way, like a Statue of Liberty crown. I do like the simplified representation much better than either the Borough Boys' overly-detailed Gray's Anatomy drawing or the rough rendering of the Sons of Ben.

Finally, I really hate the use of "TRSC" as an initialism. If anything, I think we should be promoting "TRNYC" as an official abbreviation. We'll see how that looks in Gotham font.

So what do you think? Is this the direction we should be looking?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Third Rail!

The first New York City FC supporters group now has a name, chosen by the fans themselves:

The Third Rail

There's also a new website:

It's finally starting to come together. We're one year in from the club's unveiling, and nine months before the team takes the field. So much to do, and I hope you'll join us!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Season Ticket Push is On!

NYCFC has ads promoting season tickets all around the city.


The design we've seen from the club is outstanding. I love the use of Gotham.