New York City FC II

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New York City FC II
New York City FC II.png
Nickname(s)Young Pigeons
The Baby Blues
Short nameNYCFC II
FoundedDecember 6, 2021;11 months ago (2021-12-06)
Stadium Belson Stadium
Queens, New York City
Capacity2,168
Owners New York City FC
(City Football Group)
Head coach Matt Pilkington
League MLS Next Pro
2022 5th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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History

When NYCFC entered MLS in 2015, the league had no reserve competition. For their first few seasons NYCFC affiliated first with Wilmington Hammerheads FC [1] and then with San Antonio FC [2] but these partnerships were little used and the club continued with no minor league affiliate for several seasons afterwards.

MLS Next Pro

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. [3] Amongst the teams listed as having signed up to participate in the first season was NYCFC. [3] 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. [4] 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.

Players and staff

Roster

As of August 19, 2022 [5]
No.Pos.PlayerNation
31 MF Jack Beer Flag of the United States.svg  United States
32 DF Vukasin Bulatovic Flag of the United States.svg  United States
34 DF Stephen Turnbull Flag of the United States.svg  United States
36 FW El Mahdi Youssoufi Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
37 MF Stevo Bednarsky Flag of the United States.svg  United States
38 MF John Denis Flag of the United States.svg  United States
39 MF Andrew Maia Flag of the United States.svg  United States
41 FW Julian Gomez Flag of the United States.svg  United States
42 MF Piero Elias Flag of the United States.svg  United States
44 FW Ronald Arévalo Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador
45 MF Brian Flores ( [B] )Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico
47 DF Klevis Haxhari ( [B] )Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
50 GK Giuliano Santucci Flag of the United States.svg  United States
54 GK Alex Rando Flag of the United States.svg  United States
61 DF Diego Rossi ( [B] )Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico
64 MF Francesco Di Ponzio ( [B] )Flag of the United States.svg  United States
79 FW Massimo Murania Yankowitz ( [B] )Flag of the United States.svg  United States
  1. ^
    New York City FC MLS roster player
  2. ^
    New York City FC academy player

Staff

PositionName
Head coach Matt Pilkington
Assistant coach Danny Cepero

Team Records

Year-by-year

Season MLS Next Pro PlayoffsTop Scorer
PWDLGFGAPtsConferenceOverallPlayerGoals
2022 249694935375th, Eastern10thDid not qualify Flag of the United States.svg John Denis 14

Head coaches record

As of September 18, 2022
NameNationalityFromToPWDLGFGAWin%
Matt Pilkington [6] Flag of the United States.svg  United States February 9, 2022present249694935037.50

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References

  1. "NYCFC Announce Affiliation with Wilmington Hammerheads". nycfc.com. January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  2. "NYCFC Announce Affiliation with San Antonio FC". nycfc.com. February 9, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  3. 1 2 Straus, Brian (December 6, 2021). "MLS Next Pro Adds Another Element to U.S. Soccer's Ever-Evolving Lower Club Tier". Sports Illustrated . Retrieved December 6, 2021.
  4. "New York City Football Club Sign Three Players to Homegrown Contracts". nycfc.com. January 19, 2022. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  5. https://www.mlsnextpro.com/clubs/nycfc-ii/roster/
  6. "New York City Football Club Name Matt Pilkington and Danny Cepero Head Coach and Assistant Coach for NYCFC II". nycfc.com. February 9, 2022. Retrieved September 18, 2022.