Soccer in New York City
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Soccer in New York City has a long and complicated history. Although soccer in the United States not as popular of a sport, New York City's international influence has contributed to a prosperous and longstanding popularity of soccer. The first professional clubs in New York City began in the 1910s with the first iteration 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. A second iteration of the Cosmos play in the second iteration of the now-second division NASL. Finally, in the second division United Soccer League, the New York Red Bulls II, the reserve team for the Red Bulls, compete.
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.
|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.|
|United Soccer League (2)|
|New York Red Bulls II||MSU Soccer Park||3,000||2015||New York Red Bulls reserve team. Winner of 2016 USL Cup.|
|National Premier Soccer League Pro (?)|
|New York Cosmos||MCU Park||7,000||2010||Former member of NASL from 2013-2017. Winner of 2013, 2015, 2016 NASL Soccer Bowl.|
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Teams in italics are no longer active.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
|Brooklyn Field Club||1||1||0||2||0||0||2|
|New York AO Krete||0||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|New York Americans||1||1||1||3||0||0||3|
|New York City FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|New York Cosmos||5||0||7||12||0||0||12|
|New York Greek American||0||4||0||4||0||0||4|
|New York Hakoah||3||1||3||7||0||0||7|
|New York Hungaria||0||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|New York Nationals||0||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|New York Pancyprian-Freedoms||0||3||0||3||0||0||3|
|New York Red Bulls||3||0||0||3||0||0||3|
|Robins Dry Dock||0||1||0||1||0||0||1|
New York derbies
There are 3 New York derbies:
- Soccer in the United States
- Soccer in Houston
- Soccer in Los Angeles
- History of professional soccer in Seattle
- "All-Time Results". Columbia University Athletics. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- This includes both the 1971–1985 team and the 2010–present team for statistical purposes
- "Red Bulls take care of NYCFC in raucous inaugural New York derby". Sports Illustrated. 11 May 2015.