On May 21, 2013, New York City FC was was born. Major League Soccer announced 10 years ago today that a new club was joining the league, and would begin play in 2015. As such, the club is officially 10 years old.
Happy 10th birthday, NYCFC!
New York City FC was a project that MLS started a few years before when they wanted to bring another team to the New York area, and actually have a club in New York. So when City Football Group and the New York Yankees Organization got together, it was a beautiful marriage that worked well, at least in the initial stages. As it is known, these last 10 years have been a rollercoaster, both on and off the pitch.
Still, these past 10 years have been worth all of the pain, and all of the glory, especially when NYCFC won the MLS Cup back in 2021. It has been a fun and wild adventure, but then again, most journeys of football clubs around the world have the ups and downs.
Since then, the Pigeons have won three trophies: the 2021 Eastern Conference trophy, the 2021 MLS Cup trophy, and the 2022 Campeones Cup trophy. The club has had one MVP winner, David Villa, and one Golden Boot winner, Valentín Castellanos. A brilliant academy was formed, both for boys and girls, and the team has a MLS Next Pro side. And now, the club should have a stadium, pending any city delays, by 2027.
There has been a lot of growth and change during these past 10 years for NYCFC, and the club clearly aspires to be one of the best in MLS. Sure, there are tough times, like this current season, but overall there is no doubt the front office wants the team to be one of the best, both on and off the pitch.
Meanwhile, NYCFC celebrated the day on their social media accounts.
In addition, the club released a thread of current players in 10 different kits to mark the day.
It was slightly surprising the team did not announce a celebration of some sorts, even at the next home match. Any birthday is one to celebrate, and this includes the 10th year of the club.
Nonetheless, at least the club and supporters can celebrate today, and perhaps there might be something planned when the team welcomes the Philadelphia Union next weekend. Until then, happy birthday, New York City FC!