Soccer in New York City

The sport of soccer has a long history in New York City, beginning in the 1910s with the first iteration of the American Soccer League. In the 1970s, with the rise of the first iteration of the North American Soccer League, the New York Cosmos became one of the most recognizable brands in American soccer.

Presently, there are four professional soccer clubs in the New York City region: the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC, who play in the top division, Major League Soccer. New York Red Bulls II, the reserve team for the Red Bulls, compete in the USL Championship, and a second iteration of the New York Cosmos currently play in the NPSL Members Cup.

Given the broken history and constantly-changing structure of soccer leagues in the United States, it is difficult to properly gauge the most successful soccer club in New York. In terms of national first division and major tournament titles, the Cosmos are tied with LA Galaxy and D.C. United with 12 total major honors.

The region has also hosted 27 U.S. Open Cup finals at various venues including Starlight Park, Triborough Stadium, Dexter Park, the Metropolitan Oval, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field. Despite this, a New York City-based club has not won the Open Cup since the 1991 final, where the Brooklyn Italians defeated the Richardson Rockets. The last time a New York City club reached the final was 2003, where the New York Red Bulls, then known as MetroStars' lost to Chicago Fire.

Today, major stadiums that host soccer matches include Red Bull Arena, Yankee Stadium and MetLife Stadium.

Professional clubs

Major League Soccer (1)
New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena 25,189 1995 New York's first MLS franchise. Play in New Jersey. Won the Supporters' Shield in 2013, 2015, and 2018.
New York City FC Yankee Stadium 33,444 2013 Founded by City Football Group and the New York Yankees in 2013. First match played in 2015.
USL Championship (2)
New York Red Bulls II MSU Soccer Park 5,000 2015 New York Red Bulls reserve team. Winner of 2016 USL Cup.
NPSL Members Cup
New York Cosmos Mitchel Athletic Complex 5,000 2010 Former member of NASL from 2013-2017. Winner of 2013, 2015, 2016 NASL Soccer Bowl.

Amateur clubs

National Premier Soccer League (4)
Brooklyn Italians Dewey Stadium 1,500 1949
FC Monmouth Count Basie Park 2017
FC Motown Ranger Stadium 1,200 2012
New Jersey Copa FC St. John Vianney High School 1,000 2015
New York Athletic Club NYAC Soccer Field 400 2008 Played organized since 2008. NYAC founded in 1868.
New York Cosmos B Mitchel Athletic Complex 5,000 2015 New York Cosmos reserve team.
USL League Two (4)
Cedar Stars Rush Fairleigh Dickinson University 2018
F.A. Euro Belson Stadium 2,600 2013
Long Island Rough Riders Hofstra University Soccer Stadium 1,600 1994
Manhattan SC Gaelic Park 2018
New York Red Bulls U-23 Red Bull Training Facility 1,000 2009 New York Red Bulls U-23 team, most seniored team in the Academy.
Westchester Flames City Park Stadium 1,845 1999
United Premier Soccer League (5)
Astoria Knights FC Aviator Sports & Event Center 5,000 2018
New Jersey Teamsters FC Don Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium 1,500 2017
Cosmopolitan Soccer League I (5)
Barnstonworth Rovers Icahn Stadium 5,000 1993
Central Park Rangers Central Park 100 1999
Clarkstown Eagles II Randalls Island 100 2008
Hoboken FC 1912 Laurel Hill Park 1,720 1912
Lansdowne Bhoys Tibbet Brook Park 1,000 1997
Manhattan Celtic Chelsea Piers 600 1998
New York Athletic Club II Travers Island Soccer Field 250 2008
New York Croatia Croatian Recreational Area 325 1962
New York Greek American Metropolitan Oval 1,500 1941
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms Belson Stadium 2,500 1974
New York United FC Aviator Sports & Events Center 5,000 1984
Stal Mielec McCarren Park 200 2004
Cosmopolitan Soccer League II (6)
CD Iberia
Doxa FC
FC Japan
Manhattan Kickers
New Amsterdam United
New York Supreme
New York Ukrainians McCarren Park 200 1947
Polonia New York
Shamrock SC Roosevelt Island 150 1960
Sporting Astoria
NCAA Division I (N/A)
Columbia Lions (Ivy) Commisso Stadium 3,500 1906 First recorded game in 1870. Fielded varsity team since 1906.[1]
Fordham Rams (Atlantic 10) Coffey Field 7,000 1979
Hofstra Pride (CAA)
Iona Gaels (MAAC)
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (NEC)
Manhattan Jaspers (MAAC)
Marist Red Foxes (MAAC) Leonidoff Field 5,000 1981
Monmouth Hawks (MAAC)
NJIT Highlanders (Sun Belt)
Saint Peter's Peacocks (MAAC)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big Ten)
St. Francis Terriers (NEC)
St. John's Red Storm (Big East) Belson Stadium 2,168 1979 Won NCAA Tournament in 1996.
NCAA Division II (N/A)
Concordia Clippers Clipper Soccer Field
Queens Knights Queens College Track & Soccer Field
NCAA Division III (N/A)
Baruch Bearcats
Brooklyn Bulldogs
CCNY Beavers
Hunter Hawks
John Jay Bloodhounds
Lehman Lightning
Medgar Evers Cougars
NYU Violets
Sarah Lawrence Gryphons
Staten Island Dolphins
St. Joseph's Bears
Yeshiva Maccabees
York Cardinals

Most successful clubs overall

Teams in italics are no longer active.

Team D1 Regular Season U.S. Open Cup D1
Domestic Total CONCACAF Champions League North
American SuperLiga
Brooklyn Celtic735150015
Brooklyn Field Club1102002
Brooklyn Hispano3216006
Brooklyn Italians0202002
Elizabeth S.C.0202002
New York AO Krete0101001
New York Americans1113003
New York City FC0000000
New York Cosmos[2]507120012
New York Greek American0404004
New York Hakoah3137007
New York Hungaria0101001
New York Nationals0101001
New York Pancyprian-Freedoms0303003
New York Red Bulls3003003
Robins Dry Dock0101001

New York derbies

There are 3 New York derbies:

New York Red Bulls and New York City FC met for the first time in 2015 at the first inaugural New York derby in MLS[3]

New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos met for the first time in 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

New York City FC and New York Cosmos met for the first time in 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

See also


  1. "All-Time Results". Columbia University Athletics. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. This includes both the 1971–1985 team and the 2010–present team for statistical purposes
  3. "Red Bulls take care of NYCFC in raucous inaugural New York derby". Sports Illustrated. 11 May 2015.
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