This Fall, if sports continue as planned, the greater New York City area is set to have six professional soccer teams with two more on the horizon in 2021.
Currently, this includes two MLS franchises, a USL reserve team, two clubs joining a recently established third division association, and one NWSL team.
Compare that to the autumn of 2010, where the only professional side in the area was the New York Red Bulls completing its first season in Harrison, NJ.
Within the five boroughs themselves, the Bronx is set to welcome its second professional team with New Amsterdam FC. The brainchild of a tech company CFO and a local soccer program founder, the team will play within the National Independent Soccer Association (3rd Division) this August and will call Fordham University’s Coffey Field home.
The team, which is named after New York City’s original colonial name, has been rumored for some time, with reports coming out in late 2019 about a new local team joining NISA. On April 20, 2020, the team was officially announced by the association as the 16th member in its history (14th when discounting two still-unnamed New England clubs).
New Amsterdam’s sporting director Maximilian Mansfield, a native German who grew up in lower Manhattan, has been keeping busy as word continues to circulate while sports as a whole are on pause due to COVID-19.
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