Empire XI: On New York Soccer and the Big Questions for 2015


Empire XI

1. How much of City Football Group’s inner workings need to be divulged to satisfy NYCFC fans?

The annoying aspect of the Frank Lampard situation is the somewhat unsubstantiated claim that this confirms that New York City FC are just Chivas USA 2.0. The premise of an established foreign club creating a second club in the United States is going to ruffle feathers amongst an American fanbase and media herd (more on that later) that are distinctly American. Americans want to carve their own path to the top of the soccer world and are not keen on having foreigners exert much influence on the domestic landscape. This belief alone is why NYCFC are always going to be a villain to some. However, they can avoid further alienating their fanbase by letting them know more about the dynamic that exists between the three City Football Group clubs and how that can evolve.

Fans are the most varying source of revenue and if CFG want to reap a bountiful harvest in New York, it is going to have to be more open with NYCFC fans on how the club will exist within the current triumvirate. While there will always be cynics, if CFG can adequately illustrate how NYCFC will distance itself from Manchester City in the future, fans will be reassured and both the Chivas USA and Manchester City USA narrative can be countered.

Mix Diskerud NYCFC

2. Can Mix Steal the Spotlight?

Mix Diskerud has joined NYCFC as an American international — with a cult following. While David Villa and Frank Lampard are the marquee names at the club, Diskerud is the player who can develop into being both a key player on the field and a personality off it. If Diskerud can become the New York City incarnation of Javier Morales, that following will grow as the only thing New York loves watching more than established stars is emerging stars. Assuming that a successful stint at NYCFC would keep him in the US Men’s National Team fold as well, Mix could become one of the most marketable figures in American soccer.

3. How will the Red Bulls embrace youth?

The New York Red Bulls have flip-flopped on their desire to field a team in USLPro. Fortunately, they got around to saying yes and should have a team ready to play for the upcoming season. The MLS-USL agreement stands as one of the most beneficial things to have happened to the Red Bulls in recent memory. This is a club that has become well known for developing promising prospects and failing to keep them within their infrastructure long enough for them to reap the rewards.

A full team in USLPro immediately works to resolve that issue but that team needs full investment from the Red Bull ownership and front office. They need to be thrifty and a solid infrastructure provides that in the long term if ownership decides the short-term expenses are worthwhile. The increasing interest in young American players from European clubs and the increase in potential transfer revenue as well as the deflated salary expenses that come with signing young players should provide enough incentive for the Red Bulls to put the money into a USLPro team and provide it with the proper support.

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  • Anthony

    Christian, you should be banned from ever even talking about the #NYCosmos. Every time you try to write anything about them you do so from such a ridiculously condescending standpoint that no one can even take you seriously. You are a NYCFC apologist and gloss over the very real drawbacks of that club, the insulting way they and MLS have treated this farm team franchise…i can think of about 30 local soccer writers and bloggers than are more qualified to write this article than you..you a a fucking hack of the highest order. Why Dave even allows you to get space on his page is a mystery.

  • Dave from Dix Hills

    Hey I missed the XI! Good stuff but should have added an ALI WATCH point. Red Bulls committing suicide should be a top headline.

  • Jim F

    Agree, Ali Curtis is shooting the Red Bulls in their own foot, or head – suicide.
    Getting rid of Mike Petke (our #1 connection to the club and most successful coach) is disgraceful!

    Maybe Ali is doubleagent working to make NYCFC and Cosmos look better relative to him – he is doing a fine job of it!


    What new message do the Cosmos need to send ? I don’t get it. Ship has been sailing along pretty well. Only setback would be the SSS wait. If anything they’re the most stable of all the NY area soccer teams.

  • Lou

    “The second play is to capitalize on the frustrations of Red Bull and NYCFC fans.”

    At what point have the Cosmos demonstrated this as a “clear play”? City and Bull fans have voiced their displeasure and some have said they’ll go watch the Cosmos instead. Cosmos supporters have had their laugh at the misfortunes of those two. The FO have sniped at MLS as an institution, but not made a play for these fans. Look at their communications, ticket offers. Nothing indicates this.

    Araos at it again.

    • Smith

      The Cosmos need not worry about Man City Lite or Ali’s Army. They will play well & without ridiculous weeknight games on the schedule, they will draw better crowds to see Raul & the rest.

      I will say this, though:

      I know several Red Bulls fans who are buying Cosmos tix in protest of Arrogant Ali.

  • Not a farm club?

    Give me a f****** break… NYCFC is a minor consideration and will be for the foreseeable future. There may be valid economic reasons for it… I say “valid” but I really mean in THIS unacceptable situation.

    We shouldn’t be in the business of allowing clubs to be in a situation where their baby is given priority and we are second.

  • Larry The Turd

    And with all the screw ups made by Man Lite and the Red Bulls the Cosmos still can’t make a dent in the sports conscience of NYC. LMFFAO. You clowns are still going to struggle to get more than a couple thousand fans out to Shuart. Raul? Really? What’s he going to do, raise the attendance from 2,000 to 2,025? Nobody is going out to Hofstra to see the Cosmos, you think they’re going to beat a path to that mythical world famous Cosmos Academy? Dream on saps! New York is red ladies!

    • Smith

      Yes, Ali Curtis is here. All is wonderful. God bless all he stands for.

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