F.C. New York Will Finally Play a Pro Soccer Game
On April Fool’s day, 2009, the United Soccer Leagues announced FC New York as the next new USL-1 (Division II) team for 2010. That may have been a bad day to make an announcement and it may have seemed more like an April Fools joke as the team never really got up and running. After conducting tryouts in the winter of 09/10 the team decided they weren’t really ready to join 2nd division soccer in 2010.
IMS talked to FC New York owner Doug Petersen last summer and he said his organization was still moving forward, adding staff and had revised their start date to 2011.
Today, the United Soccer Leagues announced FC New York as the 14th team that will play in USL Pro (3rd Division) for 2011. Doug Petersen and Senior Vice President Jo-Ellen Treiber will serve as the club’s senior executives and principal owners.
Tryouts dates were already posted on the teams website several weeks ago. FC New York will play it’s home games at The Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.
Former Manchester United Academy and Ipswich Town player Matt Weston will serve as the club’s director of football. Weston is establishing the pro squad as well as overseeing F.C. New York’s academy system.
It had been a while since the USL had a pro level team in New York. The Long Island Rough Riders were the last team and they dropped down to PDL in 2002.
USL is expected to announce 2 more teams bringing the total team in USL Pro to 16 for 2010.
The USL will start their Annual General Meeting this Thursday which will run through the weekend.