Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reminder - Halloween Party this Saturday!

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, check our Facebook page for pre-registration information. First place wins a prize pack!

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I'd Put One on My Car...


In our efforts to increase the visibility of NYCFC, MLS and the sport of soccer all throughout the metro area, the Third Rail is proud to announce that we are launching a campaign for a custom NYCFC license plate.


Custom license plates are already available for all the major New York State sports teams, as well as for some more obscure ones.

If your passion is baseball, you can buy a license plate promoting your favorite team. Even if that team is an independent minor league outfit, or a big-league club that left town sixty years ago.


What, no Brooklyn Cyclones?

Gridiron fans are similarly well-represented:


Basketball fans don't have a lot of choice, but the state's hockey lovers do; even the minor league Rochester Americans are included.




There's even one lone plate supporting the Beautiful Game, in the person of the alliteration-loving third division club Rochester Rhinos:


With all those pro sports choices, Major League Soccer certainly deserves its due.

It's interesting that most of these designs just have the team logo, while some also have the name or city along the bottom. For our proposed mockup, we have added "NEW YORK CITY FC" in the classic subway-inspired Helvetica font used by the club. Sky blue keeps the name from overwhelming the design.


So what say you, Third Rail members who also happen to be motorists? Would you order one of these for your car?

Once we are successful, the initial fee for these types of license plates is $60.00 ($91.25 for personalized) and $31.25/$62.50 for renewals, in addition to the standard fees.

Adding new organizations to this list requires an act of the Legislature; click here to search for your New York State Assembly representative, and click here to find your Senator. Let them know that you want the option of New York City FC license plates for your car!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Come Watch El Clasico With Us!

While we wait for the 2015 MLS season to start, there's still a lot of world football to watch. Members of the Third Rail will be at Nevada Smiths at 12:00 pm on Saturday to watch El Clásico, as Barça travel to the Bernabéu to face Real Madrid.


Even if you don't support either clubs, the atmosphere promises to be electric. You can RSVP here or just turn up on Saturday.



Also coming up - Nevada Smiths will host our First Annual Halloween Party on November 1st, with drink specials, costume prizes, a DJ, FIFA15 tournament and more!

And starting next spring, when NYCFC takes the pitch, Nevada Smiths will be our home to watch away matches. Come hang out with us this weekend and check out the new digs as we wait for those days to come.

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.

(photo credit: ONYMA)

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.