New York City FC is a professional American soccer team situated in New York City, which has joined to compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the year 2013. The club is the 20th franchise next to the Montreal Impact, which had been formally launched on May 21, 2013. Along with two other soccer clubs, the New York City FC paid a total of $100 million as their expansion fee upon joining the MLS.
Originally, the intent to award another expansion team in New York was announced back in the year 2010, by the Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber. Prior to official operations of the club in 2013, the league has had some talks with the New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon regarding the second club to be awarded in New York with the owners of the newly revived New York Cosmos at that time.
The intentions of putting another franchise in New York became certain due to Wilpon’s vanished interest in the Major League Soccer (MLS), after massively losing his family’s profits caused by the Madoff Investment Scandal, which had occurred at the time when New York Cosmos was playing in the 2013 North American Soccer League.
Garber had set a franchise bidding in 2010 for the league’s additional expansions during the year, at that time, Garber had also reached out for the Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano to discuss about the possibility of another franchise in New York. On December 2012, few unknown sources aired to the public that Manchester City would be soon announced as the 20th club of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
The club was given a brand name “New York City Football Club” and was followed by Garber’s revelation that he was ready to launch the league’s newest expansion, dated March 2013. On May 7, 2013, the New York City Club was officially registered with the New York State Department and on May 21, 2013, the club was officially launched as the 20th franchise of the Major League Soccer (MLS).
A day after the club had been announced as the 20th MLS franchise, the club named the Manchester City’s mid-fielder Claudio Reyna as the director of football operations, who would be responsible for the club’s complete staff management and player recruitment in preparation for the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) inaugural season.
As part of the whole club’s preparation for the upcoming 2015 MLS inaugural season, the club had officially started its recruitment process in September of 2013. During the recruitment, Reyna had first sighted the former Athletic director of Rutgers University, Tim Pernetti, who will act as the club’s Chief Business Officer for the first five years. Further hirings were observed in the mid-November of 2013, the additional three experienced recruits of the team were assigned to Vice President roles.
The New York FC just had their 2015 inaugural season last March 8 against the Orlando City, the team’s first home goal was served by Mix Diskerud who ended the game with a 1-1 scoring. The game was held at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, located in Orlando, Florida.