Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Please Donate to the Gemmell Fund

Our friends from the Screaming Eagles, the supporters group for DC United, have suffered a terrible loss. One of their longtime members was killed yesterday, along with two of her children, when a corporate jet struck their home in the DC suburbs. The Screaming Eagles are raising funds for the surviving members of her family.

From the Screaming Eagles' blog:
Our Hearts are Heavy with the Loss of Eagles from our Fold

Screaming Eagles members Marie Wagner Gemmell and her two young sons Cole and Devin, were tragically killed when a plane struck their house in Gaithersburg, MD, on December 8.

Marie and her husband Ken joined the SE family 11 years ago and have many friends among the DC United soccer community.

A memorial fund has been set up on the Screaming Eagles Online Store with all proceeds going directly to Ken and his daughter Arabelle.

We are urging all Third Rail members to consider making a donation to the Gemmell Fund. You can make a donation in the amount of $10, $25 or $50 here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Come Watch the MLS Cup at the Third Rail Holiday Party!

We are proud to announce our Holiday Party, next Saturday, December 7th!

This year, we are combining our party with an MLS Cup viewing party. Come watch the LA Galaxy host the New England Revolution to see who will be crowned MLS Champions.

This party, like our last several meetings, will be held at Nevada Smiths, our official home for away matches!

Your Third Rail membership card, as always, gets you 10% off your tab at Nevada Smiths.

Before the game begins, we will hold our monthly membership meeting. Here are some of the topics we will be discussing:
  • Membership Packages
  • The Carolina Challenge Cup
  • Update on season ticket sales in our section
  • Our Under-21 Division
After the game, another round of our popular FIFA15 tournament!

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Gift of Soccer

As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, our thoughts turn to giving back to the community. We would like to invite you to support "The Gift of Soccer", a great cause sponsored by the Third Rail!

We are looking for members to sponsor/donate a soccer ball to be donated to 5 schools from different inner city locations. The soccer ball can be new or used, preferably size 5. We are also looking for volunteers to help distribute the soccer balls during the Week of December 8th, exact dates & times to be announced.

If interested in donating a ball, please bring it to Nevada Smiths on December 7th during our Holiday Party. If you cannot make the Holiday party on the 7th but would still like to donate or volunteer please contact Andres Loaiza, Director of Community Outreach, by email or via twitter.

We look forward to your help in bringing the Gift of Soccer to the communities of New York City!

Friday, November 21, 2014

"The Third Rail eye inaugural season in 2015"

Some good coverage from the league's official website:

New York City FC supporters' group The Third Rail eye inaugural season in 2015
November 17, 2014
Dylan Butler
Special to MLSsoccer.com

John Malone has never attended a Major League Soccer game. His soccer fandom was limited to the US national team.

But when it was announced New York City FC would be the league's 20th franchise, Malone was all in.

The White Plains resident purchased his season tickets eight hours after they went on sale, joined the Third Rail - the club's official supporters group - and is already discussing future road trips.

"The second they were talking about NY-2, I was in with this team," Malone said. "This is finally a team I could be all-in on and would pull on the heartstrings for some reason. This is finally my first soccer team. I don't care who is on the team.

"This is my team."

Malone, who ordered MLS Direct Kick to do his homework on the league, isn't unique among NYCFC's most ardent fans. In fact, many of the 1,200 and growing registered members of the Third Rail have a similar story.

That includes its president, Chance Michaels.

"The ability to help establish the framework and build a culture from the ground up is one of the things that was so attractive to me and to many of our members," the Brooklyn resident said. "We get to do something that hasn't been done in our city."

The day it was announced there would be a second MLS team in the New York City area, Michaels started a fan blog. Then in July, Michaels - a lifelong Arsenal supporter who went to New York Cosmos games as a kid at Giants Stadium and Yankee Stadium - started a membership drive for the club's supporters group.

"I honestly didn't know what to expect. When we first started this, there weren't any players, there wasn't a logo, there wasn't anything," Michaels said. "I thought if by the first match we could have 500 paid members, I'd be happy. We passed 500 members in three weeks."

The group needed a name and put it up to a vote. Michaels said they wanted to shy away from anything with 'Ultras' or 'Army' in it.

Soon, the Third Rail was born.

"We wanted to find something that was uniquely New York," Michaels said. "This had the added the benefit of also incorporating some really powerful electrical imagery."

New York City FC immediately embraced the name, tweeting the club was "powered by the Third Rail."

"They participated in what the badge was going to look like, we let them choose where they wanted to sit at Yankee Stadium," NYCFC Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti said. "That's the culture we're trying to create. I think supporters are growing because they have access to this club."

Access is of the utmost importance, according to Pernetti.

"No matter how far we go, how long we're around or how good we are, we will never deprive the supporters of the access they deserve because we want this to be, much like our sister clubs, our community clubs," he said.

Michaels said Third Rail lobbied for the supporters sections – 236 and 237 in the left-field bleachers – to be general admission and the club made it happen. Both sections are nearly sold out.

"It's going to be an interesting fit for everybody," Michaels said. "The club has been very interested in clearing as much room for us as possible. They've been very responsive to our concerns and interested."

Nick Loccissano, a firefighter in Greenburgh, also never watched an MLS game before and he doesn't have a favorite squad in Europe. His soccer knowledge is limited to FIFA video games.

Now, he's an NYCFC season ticket holder and a member of the Third Rail.

"It's the best time to be a fan," he said. "I'm not jumping on a bandwagon or anything. I feel like I can actually establish this is my team."

Michaels said there are monthly meetings with Third Rail members and the supporters group recently hosted a Halloween party and co-hosted a World Cup semifinal watch party with NYCFC over the summer.

There are also tentative plans for road trips, including the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup.

"We're also looking at the first day of the SuperDraft," Michaels said. "We're looking to have a presence there as well. It's been so long coming that we're all champing at the bit to actually do something."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Third Rail Merchandise at Upper 90, "New York's Soccer Store"

We proud to announce an agreement with Upper 90, New York's Soccer Store, to produce exclusive Third Rail merchandise.

Our first offerings include tshirts, caps and hoodies for men and women.

We will have more items added in the coming weeks. Don't hesitate to let us know what you want!

In addition, all Third Rail members receive exclusive discounts on Third Rail and NYCFC merchandise on Upper 90's site - check your email for details and the discount code.

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!