The Baby Blues
|Short name||NYCFC II|
|Founded||December 6, 2021|
|Stadium|| Belson Stadium |
Queens, New York City
|Owners|| New York City FC |
(City Football Group)
|Head coach||Matt Pilkington|
|League||MLS Next Pro|
|2022||5th, Eastern Conference|
Playoffs: Did not qualify
New York City FC II is an American professional soccer team based in New York City. It is the reserve team and minor league affiliate of New York City FC, and plays in MLS Next Pro, the third tier of the United States soccer league system.
When NYCFC entered MLS in 2015, the league had no reserve competition. For their first few seasons NYCFC affiliated first with Wilmington Hammerheads FCand then with San Antonio FC but these partnerships were little used and the club continued with no minor league affiliate for several seasons afterwards.
On December 6, 2021 Major League Soccer announced the formation of a new league, MLS Next Pro, which would be a combination of a development league and a competitive tournament sitting on the third tier of the United States soccer league system.Amongst the teams listed as having signed up to participate in the first season was NYCFC. The name of the team – New York City FC II (mentioned as "NYCFC II") – was revealed when the club announced the signing of three players to stock the nascent team's roster. On February 24, 2022, it was announced that NYCFC II would play its home matches at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John's University.
|31||MF||Jack Beer||United States|
|32||DF||Vukasin Bulatovic||United States|
|34||DF||Stephen Turnbull||United States|
|36||FW||El Mahdi Youssoufi||Morocco|
|37||MF||Stevo Bednarsky||United States|
|38||MF||John Denis||United States|
|39||MF||Andrew Maia||United States|
|41||FW||Julian Gomez||United States|
|42||MF||Piero Elias||United States|
|44||FW||Ronald Arévalo||El Salvador|
|45||MF||Brian Flores ( [B] )||Puerto Rico|
|47||DF||Klevis Haxhari ( [B] )||Albania|
|50||GK||Giuliano Santucci||United States|
|54||GK||Alex Rando||United States|
|61||DF||Diego Rossi ( [B] )||Puerto Rico|
|64||MF||Francesco Di Ponzio ( [B] )||United States|
|79||FW||Massimo Murania Yankowitz ( [B] )||United States|
|Head coach||Matt Pilkington|
|Assistant coach||Danny Cepero|
|Season||MLS Next Pro||Playoffs||Top Scorer|
|2022||24||9||6||9||49||35||37||5th, Eastern||10th||Did not qualify||John Denis||14|
|Matt Pilkington||United States||February 9, 2022||present||24||9||6||9||49||35||37.50|
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