Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vote for the 2016 Captain's Armband

NYCFC is once again opening up the Captain's armband design to a vote of season ticket holders.

Here are the three options. Curiously enough, they're listed in the opposite order on the voting page as they are on the main site's graphic.

Design 1.

Love the homage to New York City's tricolor flag. Also will look great against the sky blue shirt. This is definitely my choice.

Design 2.

This combines my two favorite elements of NYCFC's branding, the Timeless Monogram and double shades of blue. Under any other circumstances, this is what I would like to see, but I can't go against the tricolor.

Design 3.

My least favorite option. I presume it would look better in person than it does in this quick Photoshop, but it's still a pale imitation of the bold Gotham armband from 2015.

And there you have it. Log on to your account and vote today. Voting ends February 2nd.

UPDATE:  The winner has been announced: Villa will be wearing the flag-inspired Design 1 this season.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

LAFC Unveils Inaugural Crest With New York Connection

Last week, the Los Angeles Football Club unveiled a sharp new crest. Gone is the placeholder red, the black now paired with gold.

It designed by Matthew Wolff, who became a friend of mine over the past few years. I was first introduced to his work when he designed an amazing concept logo for NYCFC in that heady period between the expansion announcement and badge unveiling.

Matthew went on to design the logo for the Third Rail and he became NYCFC's in-house designer. Recently, he left New York to join Nike's design team in Portland, but he's obviously been keeping one foot in the MLS water.
I think this is another sharp design, the Art Deco flourish reflecting some of the city's architecture. The the new color couldn't be more appropriate if they called it "Academy Gold".

And now we finally know what Major League Soccer is going to look like in a couple years. Beckham's Miami project is still not represented, but here's what we're going to be watching in 2018:

That's a fantastic-looking league, but maybe we should pass Matthew's number to the folks in New England....

Friday, January 8, 2016

Hey Mitchell & Ness, Here's One for Your Catalog

The 2016 MLS Adidas merchandise will be in stores next week, but there's one thing I really want in my closet which isn't available - yet.

Philadelphia-based clothing company Mitchell & Ness specializes in licensed team wear. They made their name in the 1990s as a manufacturer of throwback flannel baseball jerseys, selling everything from Hank Aaron to Babe Ruth jerseys.

In recent years, they've branched out into modern teams and designs, in both contemporary and timeless designs. And recently, they secured a license to produce MLS branded products.

So here's what I want, guys: your "Pinch Hitter" jacket, originally created for MLB and NFL teams. For our own New York City FC.

What do you think?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Schedule Released

After a long day of waiting, we finally have the 2016 schedule for NYCFC.

First observations:
  • After starting the season in Toronto, the Boys in Blue come back to Yankee Stadium for a long stretch of four home games, including three in two weeks.
  • Between June 18th through August 20th, only two games at home. Brutal. That same period, they'll play seven games on the road.
  • We'll close out the (regular) season at home against Columbus.
  • The Red Bulls come to town on May 1st and July 3rd; we'll travel to New Jersey on July 24th,
  • Couple new teams making their first trip to the Bronx: Vancouver Whitecaps (April 30th), Real Salt Lake (June 1st), LA Galaxy (August 20th) and FC Dallas (September 17th).
  • Finally, that's a whole lotta "TBD" times. Fourteen games—more than half the schedule—have start times to be announced later.
You can download wallpaper or a printable version from the club's site.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New NYCFC President - Jon Patricof

In a long-rumored move, NYCFC President Tom Glick is stepping aside, to return to City Football Group's headquarters in England. Today, the club made it official, introducing his replacement.

Jon Patricof Named New President of New York City FC

January 6, 2016
9:21 AM EST

  • Patricof to formally take up role in March 2016
  • President Tom Glick to remain in New York through Spring 2016 to aid transition
  • Glick to assume commercial position in City Football Group later in year

New York City FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Patricof as its new President. Patricof, the former President and COO of Tribeca Enterprises, parent company of Tribeca Film Festival and related activities, will take up the post in March, prior to the start of NYCFC’s second season in Major League Soccer (MLS).

NYCFC President Tom Glick will continue in his role until March and will remain in New York through Spring 2016, working with Patricof in the early months of transition. Glick will, later in the year, assume a role overseeing commercial activities across the whole City Football Group.

Patricof, a native New Yorker, helped to develop Tribeca Enterprises over the last 11 years into a globally recognized media company, growing the Festival into a major New York and global institution. He has spearheaded numerous landmark partnerships including an investment by Madison Square Garden into Tribeca in 2014 and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, a very successful multi-year partnership with ESPN. Previously, he was an executive in the Strategic Planning Department at The Walt Disney Company.

He will report to Ferran Soriano, CEO of City Football Group and Managing Director of NYCFC, who oversaw the recruitment process in consultation with Vice Chairman Marty Edelman and the wider NYCFC board.

Speaking about the appointment, Vice Chairman of New York City FC Marty Edelman said:

“We are extremely pleased that Jon has agreed to join the Club. He has a fantastic feel for the New York community and rich experience across business and entertainment. Over a relatively short time, he has done an exceptional job with Tribeca and we believe he is the right person to lead the Club into the next phase of our history.”

Echoing these thoughts, Ferran Soriano, CEO of City Football Group and Managing Director of New York City FC said:

“We are delighted to welcome Jon Patricof to New York City FC. He has the experience, the passion and the vision to build on the excellent work that Tom Glick has been implementing. He joins a club already rooted in the five boroughs of New York and with solid foundations across the board. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Tom Glick, President of NYCFC said:

“I am pleased to be part of the preparations for our second season and to work with Jon as he settles into his new role in March. I know what a bright future NYCFC will have under his leadership, alongside our superb Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna and our new Head Coach, Patrick Vieira.”

Jon Patricof said:

“I cannot wait to get started at NYCFC; a great Club that has already had a significant impact on the New York community in its first year. There are tremendous opportunities for growth and I am looking forward to working with Patrick, Claudio and the front office team to deliver a great experience for our fans, partners and for New Yorkers.”
On the surface, I really like this hire. A president with connections in the city's cultural, financial and political elite.

With everything this club needs right now, there's one major objective overshadowing everything else, and Patricof seems qualified to tackle it. A Twitter user noticed that Patricof's LinkedIn profile includes a tantalizing tidbit:

Sure does, and that's a great catch.

Barclays Center was an incredibly difficult project to develop. It faced local opposition, legal challenges, political ineptitude if not indifference, and many others. It finally opened six years behind their original schedule, but it did open. Patricof seems as well positioned as anyone to finally secure a stadium site within the five boroughs.