F.C. New York

F.C. New York was an American professional soccer team based first in Queens, New York City, and then Long Island, New York. The team played two seasons, starting in 2011 in the National Division of the USL Professional Division, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid and then moving to the National Premier Soccer League for 2012. The club did not finish its 2012 schedule before folding.[1]

F.C. New York
Full nameFootball Club New York
Founded2009
Dissolved2012
GroundBelson Stadium (2011)
rotating Long Island venues (2012)
Capacity5,000
OwnersJo-Ellen Treiber
Doug Petersen
Head CoachPaul Shaw
LeagueUSL Pro (2011)
NPSL (2012)
WebsiteClub website

The team played its home games at Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens. The club's colors were yellow and sky blue, and it was coached by former Arsenal player Paul Shaw,[2] following the resignation of manager Matt Weston partway through the club's inaugural season.[3]

History

F.C. New York was initially set to begin play in 2010 as an expansion member of the USL First Division, the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.[4] The team announced that it would not play in 2010 due to the majority of other USL clubs forming the new NASL (North American Soccer League) and leaving USL. The United States Soccer Federation refused to sanction the new league. In January 2010, the USSF elected to operate an interim USSF Division 2 Professional League for the 2010 season, comprising twelve teams from both the NASL and USL-1. As USL did not have enough of its own clubs, F.C.New York utilized a contract clause to sit out a year.

The team played its first match in the newly formed USL Pro on April 9, 2011, a 3–0 loss to Orlando City.[5] They also lost to the same Orlando team 2–1 in their home opener at Belson on April 30, 2011 in front of 2,011 fans. The team won its first competitive game on May 13, 1–0 away to Charleston Battery with a 35th-minute goal by Graciano Brito. The team finished 5th in the National Division with a 6-11-7 record. Jhonny Arteaga was the team and league scoring champion with 13 goals. Tadeu Terra lead the league with 8 assists.

They did not return for the 2012 USL Pro season.[6][7] In February 2012, the team announced that it would be joining the NPSL.[8] After a 2-8-4 season, including the cancellation of many of its home matches, F.C. New York left the NPSL and disappeared soon after.[1]

Colors and badge

According to an official press release, the FC New York shield was representative of the flag of the borough of Queens, New York City. The blue background with a horizontal white stripe was symbolic of Queens' first Dutch governor Willem Kieft, who acquired the area from the Native Americans. The first settlers of Queens were represented by the two flowers – the tulip, emblematic of the Dutch, and the Tudor rose of the English. The Queen's crown signified the name of the county and borough of Queens.

Sponsorship controversy

During the 2012 Presidential election, an anonymous donor paid to put Mitt Romney's campaign logo and slogan across the front of the team's jerseys.[9] The deal was scrapped before they could wear the jerseys in a game, as FIFA regulations prohibit "political, religious or personal statements" on uniforms.[10]

Stadium

F.C. New York originally had a commitment with Hofstra University to use James M. Shuart Stadium and their state-of-the-art training facilities. The 13,000 seat stadium was planned to host league and international exhibition matches. In January 2011 the club announced that Belson Stadium on the grounds of St. John's University in Jamaica, Queens would be the team's home.[11]

Following the 2011 season, the university decided to replace Belson's artificial turf, forcing F.C. New York to schedule its home games at a variety of venues on Long Island.[1] In June 2012, the visiting Brooklyn Italians complained about the venue and were awarded a default win. Venue issues continued, and F.C. New York canceled the rest of their home matches starting in July.

Record

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup
2011 3 USL Pro 5th, National Did not qualify 3rd round
2012 4 NPSL 8th, Atlantic Did not qualify Did not qualify

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at uslsoccer.com[12]

  • 2011: 819

References

  1. "FC New York Left Without A League". The Soccer Observer. December 18, 2012. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. "Shaw to Captain F.C. New York – OurSports Central – Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  3. "F.C. New York Coach Matt Weston Resigns". empireofsoccer.com. Empire of Soccer. May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. "USL-1 headed to New York City". Uslsoccer.com. 2009-04-01. Archived from the original on 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  5. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. 2011-04-09. Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  6. "F.C. New York Folding After One Season". IMSoccer News. January 8, 2012. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. "USL PRO 2012 Schedule Released". Uslsoccer.com. 2012-01-11. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  8. "Big Apple Soccer". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
  9. Bell, Jack. "F.C. New York Likes Mitt". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  10. Lengell, Sean. "Romney donor gets boot in soccer deal". The Washington Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  11. "Belson to be F.C. New York's home". Uslpro.uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  12. Demosphere International, Inc. "United Soccer Leagues (USL)". Uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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