The Red Bulls got rid of Mike Petke today. You think you’ve done well after everyone wrote you off. You think you finally bring a trophy to the Red Bulls and they’ll keep you. Not so in a world of “big name” desires.
Mike Petke was a name well-known in the league, but only as a player, not the big name coach NYRB were after. So, after arguably the best season in Red Bulls’ history, he is out and ex-Montreal boss, Jesse Marsch steps in. Big name with big experience but a tough task ahead for him. Red Bulls lose its biggest name and hope to fill it with another world-class type star. Time will tell who that star is. Still baffled by this move.
And finally, new logo, new coaches and the 2015 MLS Schedule. Check it out here: 2015 MLS Schedule Of course there are an outrageous amount of great rivalry games to catch this coming year but more importantly, the only date that really matters is Sunday, August 23rd. LA Galaxy host a new and improved NYCFC team. This beckons to be a lovely battle of English midfielders since Mr. Gerrard and Mr. Lampard will both be in the mix after finishing their Premier League seasons. Who knows, maybe even Mix Diskerud could be in the mix: Diskerud to NYCFC No matter how you look it, as the long as the MLS season starts on time (which could be in question if things fall through with the CBA negotiations) it will be a fun year for us all.
Now this is what I wanted to see! The home kits were disappointing to say the least. They were almost indistinguishable from the Manchester City home kit. However, this away kit has some real identity. The orange accent is also a nice touch. I’d never wear the home kit but I could see myself wearing this. After the home kit came out there was a lot of backlash because it did not feature any orange and looked exactly liked the Manchester City kit so it’d be interesting to find out if NYC FC tweaked this jersey from its original design to accommodate the home kit criticism. We may never know.
Frank Lampard doesn’t even need to get a different jersey after his loan ends at Manchester City. Instead, he can just wear his Manchester City jersey when he plays in MLS next season and no one will be able to notice the difference. I expected so much better than this after all the mock fan designs I saw before this announcement. It is not that the Manchester City jersey’s are bad but I expected New York City FC to at least alter the look to separate themselves a little bit from their father club. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” applies here in some way but I’m hoping the away kit takes more risks.
After several failed attempts to secure a stadium, and months after they missed their first of many self-imposed deadlines, NYCFC and the Yankees have announced that NYCFC has signed a three-year contract to use Yankees Stadium for their games starting in 2015. There are many who are concerned about this announcement because of the risks it poses to the field at Yankees stadium. The stadium has hosted many major soccer games but they are usually heavily prepared for and during one of the Yankees long road trips. However, the Yankees claim that they have analyzed this deal from many different angles and would not have signed it if they weren’t confident they could pull it off. The Yankees are a very well-run organization and they don’t “need” the money so if they are confident they can do it, then they can do it. The only negative here is that it looks as if NYCFC is having an even harder time finding a stadium then it looked if they had the forethought to sign the deal for three years. A cool, new stadium in New York City was one of the things that excited MLS and its fans about this team so hopefully they get this sorted out.
I’m not a Manchester City fan, not by a long-shot, but I am excited about them owning the NYC FC because of things like this. They have clearly put a lot of thought and dedication into developing their Premier League side to be one of the best in the world and I have no doubt they will do the same with NYC FC.