FC New York’s Disappearing-Reappearing Act


You had the feeling that something within the USL/NASL mess was going to takedown an innocent bystander. An ownership group that was ready to get involved with professional football and join in on the growth of the game in the country. Yet unfortunatly for FC New York they were peaking around the corner and saw the two sides yelling at each other, which meant it was time to go for plan b. Keeping quiet till the problems of Division Two US Club football came to a conclusion.

They came out with such a roar like a proud lion. The ownership group lead by Doug Peterson at the Yale Club near Grand Central Terminal stood up at the podium with then USL President Francisco Marcos smiling at the prospects of not just adding to the sports landscape of football in the New York City area, but to challenge Red Bull New York for who can get the most supporters. Peterson was ready to tackle the top clubs of USL-1st Division, as well as the big boys in RBNY for an annual pre-season match. Even if you went to their website at the bottom you can see an upside down Red Bull and a promise of slaying them. Sadly enough their press conference was on April Fools Day of 2009.

Since their announcement of joining the USL FC New York kept silent, in fact they never spoke again for the last five to six months. No one answered the phones, no one responded to e-mails. NY Daily News reporter Michael Lewis never had his requests answered either. They kept quiet and waited for this heated argument of second division club football come to an end. While I can understand why they didn’t want to join in on the fight, sadly it tarnished what they were trying to do. Even I had my doubts about FC New York after their Silence started.

If you go to Big Soccer and read on several threads in the FC New York section, there is a strong ammount of many that never believed this USL side was truly going to start up at all. But those few who believed in this club and stuck to their guns were rewarded.

Once US Soccer solved the problems of the USL/TOA situation Doug Peterson broke his silence and announced that FC New York would be ready for the 2011 season in the USL. Finally this man came out to tell the NYC area and the US Soccer community that they would be ready for next season. But something tells me that the damage has already been done.

That giant roar slowly but surely was barely a kitten’s meow as this project by Peterson has been dealt a serious blow. The FC New York webpage hasn’t been updated since the press release on April Fools Day and right now he is the one looking foolish. If he would’ve informed the local press as well as the new supporters of his club that they are going to hold back and wait for these problems to end I believe most of the people would’ve understood. But unfortunatly in this case silence wasn’t golden.

I think Doug Peterson was a bit over his head on this situation. I don’t mind some bravado to talk up the club, but when you can’t back it up it’s gonna come crashing down in a heartbeat. But I wish FC New York good luck in the 2011 USL season.


12 thoughts on “FC New York’s Disappearing-Reappearing Act”

  1. I think you’re being way too tough. The FCNY launch wasn’t handled well, but the smoke needed to clear around the USL/TOA situation. As a fledgling startup, FCNY really had no influence in the discussions. Peterson would have look foolish if he had actually taken a public stance.

    I love the idea of a New York City team named F.C. New York. Having said that, I think we can definitively say that the 20th MLS team will NOT be a 2nd NY team. FCNY will miss that window, virtually handing the spot to St. Louis or Miami. A second New York MLS team will have to wait several more years.

    1. I don’t think anyone is demanding that FCNY took a definitive stance. but just letting people know they at least existed would have been nice.
      I simple non-committal statement such as “Like our supporters and potential supporters, FCNY isn’t presently positive what our role and placement will be in America’s 2nd division will be. But we do want to assure those supporters that if at feasible, FCNY will be a participant, and we are currently working on fulfilling that vision.”

      See? No dates, no solid proclamations, no wild promises. Just a slight reassurance that the club hasn’t vanished off the face of the earth.
      With stone silence, and nothing updated on their website, what else could one gather?

  2. Daniel
    now that we know where Div soccer is going for the coming year, it perplexes me to read that you write “USL/TOA” without mentioning NASL anywhere. As I’m sure you know the NASL has their website up and running at http://www.nasl.com. I believe TOA has been officially replaced by all representatives, pundits and fans alike. With probably as many as 14 teams for 2012, the NASL is essentially taking over Div 2 soccer.

    Regards, Georges

  3. Since Feuerstein even has the location of F.C. New York’s April 1 press conference wrong–it was at the Yale Club, not the New York A.C. as he says–it’s hard to know how plugged in he is to the scene he describes.

  4. who is Daniel Feuerstein? amateur journalist for sure! Where did you play your soccer? What are your credentials? Let Michael Lewis speak for himself. Fans of FC were at the Yale Club not the NYAC..Danny Boy and FYI Michael Lewis wasn’t there either.

  5. comeon FCNY was just an April Fools Joke.
    if they really want to come back and make a go of it now then more power to them but the damage to their reputation has already been done. and the NEW YORK COSMOS are coming back soon, so FCNY will be totally overshadowed and New York’s second team at best. i don’t think there will be any USL second division soccer next year anyway…

  6. “As a fledgling startup, FCNY really had no influence in the discussions. Peterson would have look foolish if he had actually taken a public stance.”

    You mean like Jeff Cooper from AC St. Louis? LOL :p

  7. FCNY in 2011? USL Conference? Unless USL comes up with 5 additional teams there will be no USL D2 league in any form in 2011, unless of course USSF strong arms the NASL into another “compromise”. USL, as of right now, has 3 teams for 2011 if you count FCNY. Portland is leaving, so that leaves just Austin and Puerto Rico.

    I highly doubt USL’s D2 operation lasts past 2010.

    1. What’s the up side for Austin or Puerto Rico paying USL in 2011 to play? At least if they pay NASL they get some say in how the league is run. Continuing to pay USL beyond 2010 is just throwing their money down a black hole.

  8. Hmmm, I did some investigative journalism myself* and turned up this little nugget: Peterson visited the Togolese Ambassador the other day.

    Speaking for F.C. New York, Petersen stated, “We share their pain. As New Yorkers we know the pain they feel. We wish to show our support on behalf of F.C. New York and all that love the sport of soccer in New York.”

    *I went to the USL website and looked at their headlines

  9. “FC New York’s Disappearing-Reappearing Act”

    This is more like a submarine act: two brief surfacings in what is otherwise complete invisibility.

    “I think you’re being way too tough. The FCNY launch wasn’t handled well, but the smoke needed to clear around the USL/TOA situation. As a fledgling startup, FCNY really had no influence in the discussions. Peterson would have look foolish if he had actually taken a public stance.”

    LOL! Wot?

    Seriously, isn’t this a joke? What does the USL/TOA/NASL mess have to do with an entity that showed no signs of life? I doubt either side wanted or cared about FCNY’s “endorsement”. FCNY didn’t have to choose sides; it just had to make actual preparations for playing in 2010, like other clubs have done – like say, Tampa Bay Rowdies have done.

    Tampa weren’t the greatest about keeping the fans up to speed on everything, but at least they had a decent website; steady (if glacial) news; an attempt to build a stadium; several “meet the owners/meet the new season ticket holders” meetups; regular email “mailbags”; hiring a coach; holding combines; etc. If you can’t have that absolute minimal level of activity, who cares what side of the USL/NASL divide FCNY might fall on?

    FCNY hiding out because of TOA? As excuses go, that’s pretty lame.

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