Thursday, December 7, 2017

Happy belated Andrea Pirlo Day, everyone!

Mayor De Blasio proclaimed yesterday as Andrea Pirlo Day in honor of the Maestro's retirement. And we missed it!

Pirlo posted this on his Instagram feed about an hour ago:


Here's the full text of the mayoral proclamation:
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.
    
"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:

"ANDREA PIRLO DAY"
twitter/@NYCFC

Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. Congratulations to the Maestro!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Whatever Happened to the "Secondary Palette"?

Everybody remembers that when the club's branding was first unveiled back in 2014, the colors were announced as "Sky Blue", "Obsidian Blue", and "Flag Orange". Primary, secondary, and tertiary. But does anybody remember that there was originally supposed to be three more colors?

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".


I'm not sure it's a great idea to label that Athletic Gold as "orange", but it's always tricky when you also have a metallic gold in the color scheme. "Gold" is the official name for that color in heraldry, vexillology and sports design, but the general public keeps thinking the color needs some metallic sheen to qualify.

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

NYCFC House Calendar

We now have more clarity on the events at NYCFC House.


RSVP here.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Seriously, that's the best they can do?

Wait, that's it?


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, indeed. Their tifo game has always been so.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Highlights: Red Bull 1, NYC 1

Our Blues traveled to New Jersey, where they took a point at Red Bull Arena. Almost had the win, but they outplayed us and we ought to be happy with the point.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NYCFC House Unveiled

Well, now we know.

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:
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.

UNDERGROUND PITCH


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!

EVENTS SPACE


Chalk Talks

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.

Featured Speakers


Claudio Reyna
Sporting Director, NYCFC
An accomplished player on the club and international stage, Claudio Reyna currently serves as New York City Football Club's Sporting Director. After a 12-year professional career which saw him become the first American to earn a spot on the 2002 FIFA All World Cup team, Reyna was appointed as the Youth Technical Director of US Soccer Federation and later inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Jon Patricof
Club President, NYCFC
Jon Patricof has brought innovative solutions to diverse business sectors throughout his career. While serving as President and COO of Tribeca Enterprises, parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, he helped expand the company from film into digital storytelling and sports, including Tribeca's partnership with ESPN, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.
     

Patrick Vieira
Head Coach, NYCFC
After an illustrious career that included five FA Cups, nine league titles, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and a UEFA European Championship, Patrick Vieira moved into the coaching realm. Before taking the reins at New York City Football Club, Vieira led Manchester City's Elite Development Squad to a record of 47 wins, 28 losses, and eight draws. He oversaw NYCFC's first playoff berth in 2016.

Libby Geist
VP & Executive Producer, ESPN Films & 30 for 30
Geist, a two-time Peabody Award winner, has spent her entire career in documentary film, from production to development and now as an executive producer, and continues to push ESPN Films to new heights as a leader in long-form storytelling.
     

Rafael Viñoly
Architect
Ranked among the world’s greatest architects, Rafael Viñoly is known internationally for his multidisciplinary work that merges architecture and engineering in unique solutions free of stylistic constraints.
   
Howard Webb & Peter Walton
Pro Referees
Peter Walton is an English former professional football referee who officiated in the Premier League from 2003 to 2012. He is now general manager of the Professional Referee Organization in North America. Howard Webb was a Premier League referee between 2003 and 2014, becoming one of the world's top officials.


TICKETING STATION


Immerse yourself in the virtual venue and hear about all our different offerings straight from NYCFC front office staff.

LOCATION


#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.

Looks interesting. I know I'll be checking it out.

CT is Blue?

What. The. Hell.

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

Highlights: NYC 2, New England 1

An amazing match in Yankee Stadium, as NYCFC comes back in the fourth minute of stoppage time to claim the win.



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

"NYCFC House"?

Hmm.


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

Highlights: NYC 1, Montreal 1

The Montreal Impact came to town on a very chilly New York afternoon, and managed to eke out a draw.



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.

Couple notes:
  • Jonathan Lewis made his professional debut, being subbed on in the 78th minute.
  • Another notable debut: the new blue shorts.
Next up is an international break, then the Quakes come to town on April 1st. Hope it's a little warmer then.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Highlights: NYC 4, DC United 0

Now that's more like it.



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

Farewell, Mix


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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Highlights: Orlando City 1, NYC 0

NYCFC opened the league season in Orlando, as the Lions' first opponent in their new stadium.



Good thing it's a long season.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 MLS Kit Review

MLS has just released this review of the 2017 kits.

It's a pretty good-looking league. Can't help but notice that the Seattle Sounders are the only ones with a third kit. The league has been looking to phase those out for some time, but we have one holdout.


Let's take a closer look at each:


Atlanta has a very sharp inaugural look. I love that the neither kit features any white at all (that change kit is a very light gray). But man, MetroStars fans ought to be outraged; that's the look they've been trying to get the Red Bulls to adopt for years.


Chicago also went gray for their change kit, in this case the slightly darker gray from their logo. And it's a gorgeous logo; as solid as any in the league, but I don't think they've ever had a kit to match it.


Colorado has only the most tenuous connection to Arsenal these days, choosing not to play up their shared ownership. So it's therefore a little ironic that their kits are more than a little reminiscent. In the Rapids' case, the change colors come from the Colorado flag, and it's become very popular there.


Columbus returns to yellow at home, and there's just something so right about that. With a color scheme like this, they have no excuse for ever wearing white.


Dallas really needs to go back to the hoops.


I'm very jealous of DC United; they have a great new badge, a solid color scheme, and just broke ground on a soccer-specific stadium in the District. Good fans, and I'm thrilled for them. The new change kit is a bit wonky, but they're working the "classic primaries, crazy clash" thing NYCFC has embraced.


I love the tangerine-orange of the Dynamo, a unique color that they own in the sport.


We appear to have changed color schemes with Kansas City; theirs is now slate blue with white, and ours is now sky blue with navy. I think we got the better of that deal.


The Galaxy's change kit is solid enough, I like the tone-on-tone Adidas stripes. It'll hardly ever be worn; they choose the whites as often as possible, which will provide a solid contrast when the black-clad LAFC join the league next year.


Minnesota has a great color scheme, a unique sponsor, and solid kits. A welcome addition to MLS, and one who will be wearing gray long after it stops being popular for clash kits.


Montreal's black-and-blue stripes are more effective without the silver muddying them up. I hope they keep the stripes when this shirt's time is up. Love the socks on the clash kit.


New England is still dragging down the league with their oh-so-1990s badge. But the new change kit is solid; I like asymmetrical designs.


Love it.

The Red Bulls are sticking with their basic color scheme, but the less-red home whites are a pretty significant step backwards.


Orlando, like Houston, benefits from owning a bold and dynamic color. The gold stripes are a great contrast; wonder what it would look like if the sponsor logo and details were gold like Atlanta's. I think it would be even more powerful if the only white was on the badge.


Ah, Philly. Still hate the sponsor logo - seriously, can't they use a monochromatic version, or a version in team colors?


Portland is now one of the best-looking clubs in the sport. Their solid-greens are outstanding, and I love that they've recolored the badge to match. Shame their still using their now-outdated MLS badge on the sleeves, the only white and bright yellow left.


There's a joke in there about a Utah team having boring uniforms, but I'm too lazy to make it.


Still trying to figure out why (or how) Seattle is hanging on to their third kit. The new clash is all-white and highly influenced by an old NASL uniform. I like the brighter blue, that might be worth keeping even after this cycle.


San Jose used to say that they would be a primarily-blue team. Shame; although I like the fractured-chevron design.


Toronto plays up its red and dark gray color scheme with obsidian sleeves and side panels. I like the gray Adidas stripes, so much better than a jarring white.


Vancouver's new home whites are now punctuated with small blue triangles. They're supposed to represent rain or some such but have been widely derided as resembling pajamas. I think they're better than the gradients of the clash kit.

And there you have it. MLS will continue to be a very good-looking league in 2017.

Friday, February 24, 2017

MLS Next for 2017

Columbus unveiled its new jersey today, so we now know what the league will look like in 2017. So here's our MLS Next graphic:


Still a very good-looking league.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An Ad We Can All Carry Around in our Pockets

The MTA has stepped up advertising on MetroCards. This is the card I got out of a machine on Monday:


I've become slightly inured to advertising on the back of the cards, but I'm still a little surprised to see it on the front as well.


These ads are currently in the news this week, as limited-edition MetroCards branded with the crazy-popular Supreme clothing brand caused long lines to back up at the stations where they were available.

NYCFC has a long history of advertising in the subway, why not take it to the next step?


Just for the heck of it, let's take a look at the rate sheets. Thanks to @NYCFCfan on Twitter for the link. We start with the one-sided cards:


That's not so bad at all. Let's take a look at the rates for advertising on both sides:


Still lower than I would have expected. This would be an amazing ad campaign to roll out around a particular event, such as the first playoff match or next year's home opener.

Come on, CFG. Make it happen.