Thursday, November 13, 2014

Order Your Jersey With This Discount for Our Members!

The NYCFC Inaugural Season shirt has been released!

We know you want to buy one, and we have partnered with Upper 90 to give Third Rail members a discount!

The shirt should be up for order on Upper 90's site soon, and check your emails and our private Facebook page for the discount code.

All online retailers will ship their orders at the same time. That means even though it's not on Upper 90's site at this moment, you'll still be among the first to receive yours. And at a discount just for being a Third Rail member.

Our discount code is good on all products on the Upper 90 website through the end of this year. It's never too early to think of your holiday shopping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Membership Meeting Next Saturday!

Our next membership meeting will be held on Saturday November 15th from 2-4:00pm at Nevada Smiths, our official home for away matches!

Here are some of the topics we will be discussing:
  • Membership Packages
  • Travel to the Carolina Challenge Cup
  • Season Tickets to NYCFC
  • Our Under-21 Division
For those who wanted to pick up their membership packages, we'll be available from 12:30 until the meeting starts, and then from 4:00 to 5:00.

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

Saturday, November 8, 2014

South Bronx United Benefit Next Tuesday

Our friends at South Bronx United are holding their 4th Annual Benefit next Tuesday at the Midtown Loft in Manhattan.

From the organization's website:
Tickets and donations for the evening help raise crucial funds for the organization's youth programs and features a buffet, dessert, and an open bar sponsored by Dos Toros Taqueria, the Bronx Brewery, and Artuso Pastry Shop. Guests can also support through live and silent auctions.
Midtown Loft is located at:
     267 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
     New York, NY 10016

South Bronx United is one of New York City FC's eight Youth Affiliates. They "use soccer as a tool to enrich the lives of South Bronx and immigrant youth," in the words of Executive Director Andrew So.

For more information, visit You can purchase advance tickets for the benefit here; tickets at the door will be subject to an extra charge.

South Bronx United does so much in the community; let's get out and support them on Tuesday!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anyone Feel Like Charleston in February?

The club unveiled some surprising news this morning:

NYCFC to compete in 2015 Carolina Challenge Cup
November 5, 201411:26 AM EST

New York City Football Club is delighted to announce that the team will participate in the in the 12th annual Carolina Challenge Cup in February 2015.

Just a few weeks before NYCFC play their first-ever MLS fixture, Jason Kreis’s side will be joined by Orlando City S.C, Houston Dynamo and Charleston Battery in the round robin tournament hosted at the Blackbaud Stadium in South Carolina.

Six matches will take place between Saturday 21 February and Saturday 28 February and NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna believes that the competition will provide the perfect test at an ideal time.

“The opportunity to play in the Carolina Challenge Cup was one that we didn’t want to pass up. It’s a fantastic tournament and Charleston is a great city for us to spend time in during pre-season.” Reyna declared.

“Playing against an established MLS side in Houston Dynamo will get us a real sense of where we’re at in our preparations to join the league in March and the same can be said of the game against our fellow new expansion team, Orlando City.

“Charleston Battery are also a talented outfit and I’m sure that they will do an excellent job in hosting next year’s Carolina Challenge Cup. This competition will form a very important part of our pre-season.”

Head Coach Jason Kreis, who won the competition with Real Salt Lake in 2009, echoed Claudio’s sentiments, revealing his excitement at this first announcement of pre-season matches.

“It will be an exciting challenge for us to take part in the Cup which is MLS-sanctioned for the first time this year,” Kreis told

“It’s a competition I have experience of competing in, so I know how well organised and how competitive it is.

“We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes to ensure that our pre-season program gets us in the best shape to be competitive from the first minute of our opening regular season match.

“I believe that it will prove to be an important week in our preparations for our first season.”

The Carolina Challenge Cup was started in 2004 by USL Pro side, Charleston Battery.

DC United have won the tournament on the most occasions, lifting the Cup four times, including the last one in 2014.

Kreis’s Real Salt Lake fended off competition from Toronto FC, DC United and Charleston Battery to lift the trophy in 2009 – a feat which preceded their MLS Cup win at the end of the year.

Ticket news and date of fixtures to be released soon. More pre-season exhibition announcements will be announced in due course.
This is an interesting development; a chance to see our club compete before the MLS season starts. It's also good news that they want to hit the ground running.

The Charleston Battery, the USL Pro club hosting the event, tweeted out this message shortly after the announcement was made:

Sounds like fun. Charleston is a pretty hefty drive, but a very reasonable flight.

Orlando is about half that distance, so expect to see lots of purple in the stands. It would be great to bring the blue!

Stay tuned, Third Rail members. We'll have more on this as the situation develops for those who would like to make our first away trip.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Photographers Needed!

The Third Rail is growing, and with that comes new opportunities to get involved.

We are putting together a team of photographers so we can have one at each of our get-togethers, starting with next week's NYCFC special event. We would like to use these photos in our promotional materials, as well as to document the beginnings and growth of our group.

If you'd like to be one of our Weegees, please send an email to chance (at), or click here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another Third Rail Exclusive - "All Will Be Revealed"!

Just minutes ago, New York City FC released this promo image:

Seems pretty clear we're getting a jersey release in two weeks!

They also sent an email to all season ticket holders with an opportunity to RSVP for a "Special Event" with David Villa.

Those RSVP spots filled up within a half-hour, but we have additional spots reserved just for Third Rail members! Check your email; you should already have received a link to sign up for this amazing event.

It's another benefit of membership in the only recognized, independent NYCFC supporters' group; if you're not yet a member, you know what to do!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Scarves Are on the Way!

We are packing up your membership scarves and sending them out!

We ask for your patience; we're all volunteers, and there's an awful lot of these to send out. But we promise that all packages will be shipped by the end of next week.

If you asked to pick up your materials, they will be available at our membership meeting on the 15th, or any of our informal meetups at Nevada Smiths - keep watching this space for details.