Monday, June 30, 2014

My Kit Concept

New York City FC is expected to unveil its kit for 2015 sometime this fall, but concepts are always fun. Here's what I'd like to see when City takes to the pitch next spring:

I'm convinced that the club will announce a sponsorship deal with Etihad Airlines (I'm equally convinced that's a mistake), but hey. My concept, my sponsor. I like the idea of promoting the municipality as a gesture of goodwill from our newest team to the city it calls home.

Aside from the sponsor, I stuck with a simple, clean template. Well, as clean a template as is possible with those three stripes everywhere.

We know that sky blue will be the primary color, but I wanted to make sure the navy would be represented. The Adidas stripes fit the bill.

The stripes down the side of the shirt are intended to echo the navy/orange/navy rings that border the club's crest. I didn't want to use much orange (we'll save that for the change kit), but like just a touch here and on the socks.

I also wanted to find a place to use the "Timeless Monogram" by itself. We have the badge on the shirt, repeated on the shorts, so the socks seemed a perfect place to put it.

Based on the timing, we can presume that the actual kit is already either finalized or close to it. Wonder what approach the club is taking.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Writing on the Wall is Good!

Yesterday, I happened upon this tweet from Michael Anderer:
It appears that a new NYCFC crest has been applied to the padded wall at Yankee Stadium. Gone is the ugly and unnecessary white keyline the club had been using against navy backgrounds.

Here's how it looked on June 10th, as opposed to yesterday:


So much better.

Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup Viewing Party a Success!

The Third Rail's World Cup pub crawl in the Bronx was a smashing success. Director of Membership Samuel Youn shared these photos on Twitter:
Keep watching the Third Rail site for our next public event - see you there!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Remember - Viewing Party Today!

Don't forget, the Third Rail is sponsoring a pub crawl in the Bronx TODAY, to watch World Cup games and help find a new favorite watering hole near NYCFC's temporary home.

The schedule is:
  • 12:00 pm at The Dugout (Colombia v Greece); then
  • 3:00 pm at Billy's (Uruguay v Costa Rica); and finally
  • 6:00 pm at Stan's (England v Italy)
The Dugout is located at 880 River Ave Bronx, NY 10452
Billy's is located at 856 River Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Stan's is located at 836 River Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

All three bars are right outside Yankee Stadium and a short walk from one another.

At each stop, we'll be raffling off two NYCFC "32 Nations" t-shirts and two "FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY" scarves, featuring NYCFC on one side and the US Soccer crest on the other!

These limited-edition prizes are courtesy of NYCFC, and you can only get them at one of the club's World Cup events!

For more information, check out our Facebook event page. Hope to see you in the Bronx!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

And Then There Were Two - NYCFC Adds Jeb Brovsky

David Villa's not alone: New York City FC announced today that they have acquired defender Jeb Brodsky from the Montreal Impact:

Welcome to New York City: Jeb Brovsky
12 June 2014 19:00
Posted byJanine Padilla

New York City FC announced today that it has acquired Jeb Brovsky, a three-year Major League Soccer veteran, from the Montreal Impact. The Club acquired Brovsky by trading its 2nd round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

“I feel very fortunate that we are in a position to add a player of Jeb’s quality this early in our process,” said New York City FC Head Coach, Jason Kreis. “He is a player my staff and I have been very fond of going back several years ago when he entered the League and we have been watching and appreciating him ever since. His athleticism, versatility, and passion for the game are evident and I am certain we have added another terrific character to our growing family.”

A native of Lakewood, Colorado, the 25-year-old was initially selected in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps as the 19th overall pick. After playing in 24 games in his rookie season with Vancouver, Brovsky was then selected by the Montreal Impact as part of the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft and has played 65 regular season games with that club through this season. As a student-athlete at Notre Dame, Brovsky was a three-time member of the All-Big East Conference Championship Team, four-time Big East Conference Academic All-Star, and was named to the 2010 All-Big East Conference first team his senior year.

Brovsky can play as a defender and midfielder, and will be loaned to a to-be-determined non MLS club through December 2014. He will then return to New York City FC for the team’s preseason in advance of its inaugural MLS season kicking off in March 2015.

“I’m tremendously excited to be joining New York City FC,” said Jeb Brovsky. “With the talented coaching and training staff they’ve put in place, it’s clear that this club is focused on winning. This is a big step in my life and career to be coming to play in the biggest sports city, and I can’t wait to take the field at Yankee Stadium.”

Throughout his MLS career, Brovsky has also shown to be active in the local communities of his teams. He was recognized as the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the month in July 2011 and named the 2011 Whitecaps Foundation Humanitarian of the Year while in Vancouver, and was recognized as the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month in March 2013 and named a finalist for the 2013 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year Award while in Montreal.

Season tickets to see New York City FC’s inaugural season in MLS are on sale now. Call 855-77-NYCFC or visit Fans can also purchase their exclusive New York City FC gear at
I think a lot of us were expecting that the club's second signing would be another big-name DP (such as England's Frank Lampard), but this seems a solid pickup and good use of a second-round pick The reaction from Impact fans on social media is certainly strong: That appears to refer as much to his off-the-field humanitarian and charity work. Sounds like a class act, one the entire organization can be proud of. Welcome to New York, Jeb! We now have a pair of Pigeons.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Join the Third Rail in the Bronx!

(cross-posted with the Third Rail)

The Third Rail is sponsoring a pub crawl in the Bronx, to watch World Cup games and help find a new favorite watering hole near NYCFC's temporary home.

The schedule is:
  • 12:00 pm at The Dugout (Colombia v Greece); then
  • 3:00 pm at Billy's (Uruguay v Costa Rica); and finally
  • 6:00 pm at Billy's OR Stan's (TBA) (England v Italy)
The Dugout is located at 880 River Ave Bronx, NY 10452
Billy's is located at 856 River Ave, Bronx, NY 10451
Stan's is located at 836 River Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

All three bars are right outside Yankee Stadium and a short walk from one another.

At each stop, we'll be raffling off two NYCFC "32 Nations" t-shirts and two "FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY" scarves, featuring NYCFC on one side and the US Soccer crest on the other!

These limited-edition prizes are courtesy of NYCFC, and you can only get them at one of the club's World Cup events!

For more information, check out our Facebook event page. Hope to see you in the Bronx!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

NYCFC, Front and Center

Almost lost in all the David Villa excitement was this tweet from Tim Pernetti, New York City FC's Chief Business Officer: It's outstanding, to have NYCFC literally front and center at Yankee Stadium. This will give the club tons of exposure on both local and national television. Shame about that white keyline, though.

UPDATE:   Samuel Youn gives us a better look at the logo:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Man About Town

NYCFC continues to promote yesterday's blockbuster signing around New York City. The most prominent might be this massive billboard in Midtown Manhattan:

Twitter: @sk1nzfan Twitter: @MikeQuarino

That's the northeast corner of Seventh Avenue and 33rd Street, kitty-corner from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. A very prominent location for this new marketing push.

He's also on subway station entrance boards:

Instagram: pieraiworlds

And in Times Square:

Twitter: @nycfc

And in Astoria, Queens:

Twitter: @AisleOne

On the BQE:

Twitter: @nycfc

And on the entrance to the 59th Street Bridge:

Twitter: @nycfc

Obviously these are all electronic billboards, with a much quicker turnaround time than actual print media. But I expect that we'll see print versions of this on the subways soon.

Interestingly, unlike previous drives, this campaign doesn't feature the MLS logo, or mention the sport at all beyond the NYCFC logo. It presumes that the passersby already know who David Villa is, a push aimed specifically at existing fans of the sport.

Monday, June 2, 2014

It's David Villa!

It's official! Spanish striker David Villa has been introduced as NYCFC's first player.

All photos: New York City Football Club

Here's the club's press release:
David Villa signs for New York City FC

World Cup winner makes history as NYCFC's first player...

Today, New York City FC is excited and proud to announce the signing of its first player, Spanish superstar and World Cup winner David Villa. The 32-year-old, who last month helped his former club Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title in Spain, joins the newly-formed Major League Soccer team for a three-season commitment.

The World Cup winner puts pen to paper

As the club begins to assemble a competitive and dynamic squad, fans in New York will have the opportunity to watch one of the biggest names in world soccer when the Club’s inaugural season begins in 2015.

“This is a historic and exciting moment for the City family and the building of New York City Football Club,” said City CEO Ferran Soriano. “I know David really well; he is one of the best footballers in the world, a true winner and in an outstanding moment of his career. I’m sure New Yorkers will enjoy watching him play for their city.”

“David Villa is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished soccer players and best strikers in the world,” added Jason Kreis, Head Coach, New York City FC. "I couldn't be happier that we have acquired such an amazing talent as our first-ever signing. David will be a shining example of what it will mean to be a New York City player and a leader for us on and off the field. He is hard working, he is a natural competitor, he is a winner at heart, and he is a terrific man. David has checked every box for what we were looking for in our first signing and it is a great day to be a member of this growing family of a club."

Claudio Reyna, New York City FC Sporting Director commented, “David is the perfect first signing for New York City FC. His individual accomplishments are remarkable. He is the Spanish National Team's all-time top goal scorer as well as the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 international goals. He has won three La Liga championships, the Champions League, and will be playing in his 3rd World Cup this summer in Brazil. His experiences, including winning the 2010 World Cup, will be invaluable for building our club's sporting culture. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to New York City and have him as our club’s first player.”

After almost a decade, Villa remains one of the world’s best strikers and is a hero in Spain for his performances in the domestic league and from his international success playing for the national team.

Villa will wear the No.7 shirt as he has done throughout the majority of his career including his time in the formidable Barcelona side between 2010 and 2013.

“Throughout my career I've always tried to keep pushing myself to achieve new targets and this represents another important goal for me”, said David Villa. “I want to try and help MLS continue to grow, through playing, working hard, scoring goals and at the same time try to make New York City FC become the best team in the league. It's a real honor that the people who have formed the club have focused their attention on me. I'm keen to do the best I can, take on board that extra responsibility and prove my worth by repaying the confidence they have shown in me.”

On the prospect of playing at Yankee Stadium, David Villa commented, “I’ve been fortunate enough to have played there before with the national team, but now I'm playing there as part of the home team; I hope a lot of people turn out to watch us. It would be nice to create expectation for the fans before the season starts by playing well and getting good results so that New Yorkers can watch their soccer there, identify with their team and become New York City fans.”

CLICK HERE to get Season Tickets and Join David Villa at Yankees Stadium in 2015

Fans can also purchase their exclusive David Villa New York City FC supporters shirt at HERE
Limited quantities are available.

David Villa Career Highlights:
  • Villa joins New York City FC from current La Liga champions Atlético Madrid
  • David became the first player to score 50 goals for his national team Spain
  • All-time leading goal scorer for the Spanish National Team
  • Won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 scoring 5 goals and was top goal scorer with 4 goals as Spain won the European Championships in 2008
  • This weekend he was named in the Spain squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
  • Won two La Liga titles with Barcelona in 2010/11 and 2012/13 and again with Atlético Madrid in 2013/14
  • Won the UEFA Champions league with Barcelona in 2010/2011
Transaction Detail: New York City FC (MLS) – Signed F David Villa
David Villa
Pronunciation: Dah-vid Vee-Ah
Jersey Number: #7
Position: Forward
Height: 5’9"
Weight: 148
D.O.B.: 3/12/81
Hometown: Langreo, Spain
Birthplace: Langreo, Spain
Citizenship: Spanish
Previous Clubs: Atlético Madrid, FC Barcelona, Valencia, Real Zaragoza, Sporting Gijon
How Acquired: Signed by New York City FC on a free transfer from Atlético Madrid
The club also released this infographic on his career so far:

Look at that resume - this is an amazing get for City. Villa is on top of the football world right now, and now NYCFC is right up there with him. The farther Spain goes in the World Cup, the more exposure our club gets. And can you imagine the World Cup Final party NYCFC will host if Villa is playing in the match?

And sure enough, you can order a "David Villa New York City FC supporters shirt" at the club shop:

In the absence of an official kit, this is a good choice.

Not, incidentally, the shirt David Villa was wearing (and holding) in his signing photoshoot. That was a straight off-the-rack t-shirt with his name and number applied in a generic font.

Still, I don't think we can read anything into the design. Unfortunately. I'm a major believer in simple and classic sports design, so a plain sky blue shirt with NYCFC crest (and no sponsor) would be pretty much ideal. Bold strokes.

Pair that with white shorts and blue socks, maybe a dark blue collar to set it off, and you've got a winning look.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. One thing at a time, and it's impossible not to be smiling from ear to ear right now, as our club gets its first player. And now that we have our first player, we need to figure out what we're going to call them. I've been pushing "Pigeons" as a club nickname since our first meeting, but it doesn't really seem to have taken off. Others have suggested "Night Owls" or "Insomniacs" after the city's famous nickname, but those too have failed to catch imaginations. Have to keep working on alternatives.

It's a great day to be an NYCFC fan. A major leap forward in the building of our club!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Next: Frank Lampard?

Following right on the heels of reports that Spanish international David Villa has signed with NYCFC comes a rumor that the club has already secured its second Designated Player, England midfielder Frank Lampard.

Report: Are New York City FC on the verge of signing global stars Frank Lampard & David Villa?

June 1, 2014
Greg Lalas

According to multiple reports, MLS expansion side New York City FC could be on the verge of signing two very high-profile attacking players: English attacking midfielder Frank Lampard and Spanish forward David Villa.

No word from the club, but reports in the UK claim that Lampard, who was told he is no longer in the plans for his longtime Premier League club, Chelsea FC, visited NYCFC owners Manchester City on Saturday to discuss a potential deal.

Lampard, 35, is part of the England squad headed to Brazil for the World Cup, where they will take on Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Italy in Group D.

He has been linked with a move to MLS for several years, particularly to the LA Galaxy, but he has never before inked a deal.

At the same time, on Saturday, reports emerged that Villa, 32, was spotted in Manchester, as well, supposedly to undergo a physical before completing a deal.

Again no word from NYCFC, but the Atletico Madrid star, who was named to the Spanish World Cup squad on Saturday, could reportedly train with Manchester City until NYCFC convene in preparation for their MLS debut in 2015.
Chelsea is moving towards a youth movement, but Lampard still appears to have plenty left in his tank. And the man's been a winner on the global stage, very important to have if NYCFC's roster is to include younger players.

Big things to come.