New York City FC is the first and only Major League Soccer team to play in the five boroughs of New York City.
Since NYCFC's incarnation in 2015, the club has cemented its status as a cornerstone in the landscape of one of the world's most competitive and proudest sporting cities.
NYCFC came into existence as Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise on 21 May 2013 and debuted against Orlando City SC on 8 March 2015.
Majority owned by City Football Group, New York City FC plays its home games at the iconic Yankee Stadium, which is also home to minority owner, the New York Yankees.
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, the former Manchester City FC and United States international player, and Head Coach Patrick Vieira, the French former FIFA World Cup-winning midfielder, have formed a roster that boasts global superstars, MLS and international veterans, as well as some of the United States' rising stars.
Spain’s record goal-scoring striker David Villa became NYCFC’s first-ever signing and captain on 2 June 2014, swiftly followed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, before, a year later, in the midst of the club’s inaugural season, FIFA World Cup - winning midfielder Andrea Pirlo became the third Designated Player in club history.
Following an eighth place finish in 2015’s inaugural campaign, NYCFC bounced back to secure their first MLS Playoffs appearance in just their second season of existence, finishing 2016 with more goals than any other team, resulting in a second place finish in the Eastern Conference. Villa also showed his dominance in the 2016 MLS campaign, earning the Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player, scoring a club-high 23 goals in the season.
New Yorkers embraced their new Club with open arms from the start, with 20,000 season ticket holders in their inaugural season, as well as drawing an average attendance of 29,000 in their first year, making New York City FC one of the most well-supported teams in the league.
New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fan-base. We are thrilled to contribute to the energy and growth of New York City Soccer.
New York City FC are committed to providing the highest quality coaching and a pathway to the professional game with its Academy Program, which has expanded significantly in 2017.
The Boys Academy currently has two teams – U14 and U16 – with more to be added. A new Girls Academy Program will provide an elite training environment for girls across four age groups (U14, U15, U16/17 and U18/19), offering the highest level of technical standards and competition for New York’s brightest young talents.