For years now, I’ve been getting more and more into sports. But, my knowledge kind of stops in the end zone. When it comes to soccer (the real term is “football,” so we’ll be calling it that for the rest of this post), I only know when the World Cup is happening, and even then I’m pretty clueless. Since New York City has its own soccer team, I made sure to add a game to my bucket list.
New York City Football Club (NYCFC) was founded in 2013 and started playing in 2015 as an expansion team of Major League Soccer. It’s the first city MLS soccer franchise, and a major rival of the New York Red Bulls. The team plays up at Yankee Stadium, which is converted into a soccer field for its 17 home games each season. You’ve probably seen ads for the team on the subway, the ones that say “New York is Blue” in reference to the rivalry with the Red Bulls.
I don’t really follow football, but I like to keep it on in the background while I’m doing chores and other stuff. Other than a few college games, I’ve never seen football live and in person. My friend Kris has season tickets, so when he offered to go with me to a game, I jumped at the chance.
Going back to Yankee Stadium meant another chance to try some of the food. Hey…priorities, right? I was starving after doing the NYRR France Run earlier in the day, so I treated myself to…the grub tub. Yes, it pained me to type that name out. Yes, it tasted awesome.
NYCFC was playing the New England Revolution, the MLS team from up in Boston. We got there pretty early before the game, so we got to watch the warm-ups and team introductions while we stuffed our faces. A lot of times when I watch sports, I imagine what’s going through the minds of the players. Many of the players are on different national teams (Spain, Norway, Panama, to name a few), so I always wonder how it feels for them to come to New York City to play.
To be totally honest, I thought I was going to be bored to tears watching the game. It was pretty low scoring, but it was still way more fun than I thought it was going to be. Even if you don’t know anything about football (like me…), you can always tell when something exciting is about to happen – the crowd starts going crazy. As the game went on and I asked Kris 49 questions about things like yellow cards, penalty kicks, and national teams, I started to understand it all way more and got into it. We ended up winning 2-1 in the really exciting extra time session, which means I’m 2-0 when seeing the home team play at Yankee Stadium.