Friday, October 17, 2014

Member Scarves are Here!

Finally, the 2014 Charter Member scarves have arrived!

The boxes arrived last night. Twelve of them. 22.1 kilograms each, that's 585 pounds of swag for our members!

Now the question that everyone's undoubtedly asking right now is "When do I get mine?"

The answer is: very soon. We have some work to do before they're ready for you.

If you asked to pick up your membership materials in person, they will be available at our Halloween Party at Nevada Smith's on November 1st. We will also have them at our next membership meeting, to be held on November 15th, and at all subsequent public events.

Many of you have asked for the membership materials to be mailed to you, and we're working on that now. We have hundreds of envelopes to stuff, with postage and mailing labels and everything else that requires. The packages will all be shipped no later than November 2nd.

We want to thank you for all your patience. We've been as frustrated as you have waiting for these to arrive, but the finished product looks amazing, and we're sure you'll agree. We all look forward to seeing these around your necks soon.

And for those who haven't yet joined, you can do so today!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Third Rail Halloween Party!

All Hallows' Eve is approaching, and the Third Rail is ready to celebrate!


Our first annual Halloween party will be held on Saturday November 1st starting at 7:00 pm at Nevada Smiths, our home for away matches!



We will have:
  • prizes for the best costume;
  • a guest DJ playing music till the wee hours;
  • drink specials;
  • exclusive Third Rail merchandise available for purchase;
  • a FIFA 15 tournament;
  • and much more!
This party is 21+, ID is required!

The FIFA 15 tournament will begin at 7:00 pm. The tournament costs $10 to enter, and pre-registration information will be open shortly. First place wins a prize pack!

You can find more information at our Facebook event page. We'll see you there!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Kicking Ebola Out" in the Bronx

Last weekend, the Third Rail joined the Organization of New York Mandingo (ONYMA) in the Bronx for their "Kicking out EBOLA Thru Soccer" tournament. Ebola is obviously much in the news today, with the first cases in the United States, bringing added focus to ONYMA's work raising both awareness and money to fight the disease in West Africa.


Here, Third Rail board member Andres Loaiza poses with members of the tournament champions, New York Syli National De Guinée:

We are proud to have been a sponsor of the "Kicking out EBOLA thru Soccer" tournament, and to donate the trophy for this year's event.

Community service is central to the Third Rail's mission of nurturing and growing the soccer community here in New York City, and salute ONYMA for all their work.

We echo ONYMA's motto "Uniting Our Community Through Sports" and look forward to continuing to work with charitable soccer organizations all over our great city.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

See the USMNT (and Donovan's Farewell)


The US Men's National Team will be taking on Ecuador in a friendly on October 10th, and the Third Rail will be there!

The match in Hartford, Connecticut will not only be a chance to see the World Cup squad in action, but is also Landon Donovan's farewell to international football and therefore one of the most important soccer events in our area this year!


We have a limited number of seats available; tickets are $32 for members/$37 for non-members. We have also chartered buses from Manhattan; those tickets are $30/$35.

Members, check your emails for details. Non-members, hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you'd like to join us.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Season Ticket Update - Section 236 is SOLD OUT!


We have excellent news from New York City FC; at this time we can announce that season tickets in Section 236 are entirely sold out!

They still have room in 237, our second exclusive section. Any Third Rail members still wishing to buy tickets in our exclusive section can still do so. See here for instructions.

And, of course, if you haven't yet joined the Third Rail, now's the perfect time to do so.

Thank you again for all your support, and we'll see you at Yankee Stadium!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Third Rail at the MLS Expansion Priority Draft

Third Rail member Tiffany Slagle was chosen to represent us (and NYCFC) at the Expansion Priority Draft event in Midtown Manhattan today.


Tiffany got to prepare the envelopes and assist with the draw. Love the Third Rail tshirt!

Here she poses with her opposite number, Orlando City fan Ha'Ani Hogan:


Even though we didn't win the draw, Tiffany did a fantastic job.

We've had members present for all the major club announcements, and we will continue to offer as many of these opportunities as we can. If you're yet not a member, you know what to do.

And Orlando... we'll see you on the pitch next year!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Enter to Win a Ticket to Tomorrow's Expansion Priority Draft!


Tomorrow afternoon, New York City FC and Orlando City SC will go head-to-head in the Expansion Priority Draft, and the Third Rail will be there!

The Third Rail has one and only one ticket to this strictly invitation-only event, and we'd like to give it to you!

Not only can you attend this event, but you will participate as well! There will be a draw between supporters to decide which club goes first.

Here's how MLS describes the Draft:
After a draw conducted by supporters of both clubs to determine which club goes first, head coaches Jason Kreis (New York City) and Adrian Heath (Orlando City) will then alternate selections for priority among the following eight player acquisition mechanisms (for details on all the MLS player acquisition mechanisms, click here):
  1. MLS Expansion Draft (Picks 1 or 2)
  2. MLS SuperDraft (Picks 1 or 2)
  3. USL PRO/NASL Player Priority Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
  4. Designated Player Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
  5. Allocation Ranking (Picks 1 or 2)
  6. Discovery Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)
  7. Waiver/Re-Entry Draft Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)
  8. Lottery Ranking (Picks 20 or 21)
NYCFC and OCSC receive priority in five of the eight mechanisms (picks 1 or 2). They are last in three of the rankings (picks 20 or 21): Discovery ranking, Waiver/Re-Entry Draft ranking and the Lottery ranking.

The league confirmed that it's the same protocol used for recent expansion sides Montreal Impact (2012), as well as Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps (2011).
That's right, you can actually be involved in the draw. Enter now for your chance to represent the Third Rail at this amazing moment in our club's history!

The Expansion Priority Draft is being held at the MLS Digital Office on 38th St between 5th and Madison, from 12:30 to 2:30PM. You must commit to being present for the entire time.

This contest is open to Third Rail members only. Check your email for details on how to enter. Not a member yet? There's still time to join!