Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC tattoo

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Call him the first defector.

A former New York Red Bull fan and paying Supporters Club member has left no question where his allegiance lies, immortalizing his club affiliation with a New York City F.C. tattoo — the very first in club history.

“Why am I jumping ship?” the anonymous fan replies when asked about his move. “Born, raised and live in the city, I wear it like a badge of honor. Lifetime Yankee fan too. So when the announcement came, it just made sense and felt right.”

The tattoo was first published on the @NYCFC_SC twitter account, drawing its fair share of praise from the budding fanbase — and a hefty dose of critique throughout social media, particularly from Red Bull and New York Cosmos supporters. The reaction matters little to the former Red Bull supporter, who sees a brighter future ahead in blue.

“Being part of something from Day 1 was also a big pull for me,” he explained. “The Man City angle doesn’t bother me. I even support another EPL team. MLS learned it’s lesson with Chivas and I think that’s evidenced by how distinct the NYCFC badge is from Man City’s.”

For this fan, who once sang full voice for the Red Bulls, NYC FC represents a fresh start. From their front office signings to their community involvement, NYC FC has already gained this fan’s confidence in a way the Red Bulls never could.

“I think they’ll be focused more on quality of football than advancing a beverage brand,” he explains. “I’ve already seen more community involvement and marketing outreach [from NYC FC]. Always felt Red Bull took the fans & supporters for granted.

“Any fan of MLS knows the success rate of expansion teams and should also know throwing boatloads of money and buying DPs does not translate into immediate success. That’s why landing [Head Coach] Jason Kreis was such a big move.”

That, along with the unveiling of the club’s badge, sealed his future with the 20th MLS franchise.

“Once the badge came out, I was struck by the interlocking NYC,” he said. “It felt timeless to me — bigger than just a soccer team. In my opinion, it will become as synonymous with NY soccer as the interlocking NY of the Yankees is to baseball in the city and the US.

“Getting it inked is not just an homage to the club, but to my city.”

Regardless of some of the backlash for the tattoo (which has forced this fan to keep his anonymity), he won’t reciprocate the hate, nor does he expect others to follow in his footsteps.

“I don’t think many will actually jump from Red Bull to NYC,” he says. “The guys and gals that are there at the Arena singing for the full 90 are pretty passionate.

“I’ll never hate Red Bull. That’s not an emotion I can manufacture and I’ve had a lot of fun supporting the team from when I first started following in 2006,” he explains. “I’m excited by what lays ahead for NY soccer. Derby day will be amazing, albeit more so when NYCFC has a stadium of their own.

“I look forward to supporting NYCFC and hosting Red Bull fans when they make their way to the Bronx.”

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer I hate that I’m going to read this.

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1 year 10 months ago

welp, I clicked. RT @EmpireOfSoccer Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYCFC TATTOO: http://t.co/s0DElsWQJJ #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer LOL. I love that the guy won’t say who he is.

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1 year 10 months ago

1) Anonymous 2) Don’t insult the rest of us and call him a #RBNY fan, please.

Love always,

Dan

@EmpireOfSoccer

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer lmao what an ass. tattoo for a currently imaginary team with no home.

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer 1 more Clown to fit into the Clown Car !

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1 year 10 months ago

It’s interesting he started with RBNY back in 2006. I wonder where are all those fans who left the team at the time then because of the change in ownership and whether they have aligned themselves with the Cosmos since their return or now with NYCFC.

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1 year 10 months ago

“@EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/gy8RoWuWzm #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS” Oh boy…

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Rob
1 year 10 months ago

He’s so proud of his association with NYFCF that he wishes to remain anonymous…

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Rob
1 year 10 months ago

*NYCFC

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Anonymous
5 months 30 days ago

Hahaha

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer “Make they’re way…” Poor grammar – good riddance!

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Anonymous
1 year 10 months ago

“Yo’re”

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer any thoughts on all these #NYCFC handles popping up like say the LGBT one ?

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer NYCFC has done a lot right, especially that beautiful logo that screams NYC, but I don’t think I could go turncoat like that

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer Well, at least he’s in the city proper and a Yankees fan. Also, avoiding the light blue coloring was smart.

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1 year 10 months ago

“@EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/FMkfv3PBD0 #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS”

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1 year 10 months ago

The first of many. RT@EmpireOfSoccer Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/on0EQN8A91 #RBNY #NYCFC

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

@roy13a @empireofsoccer just wait for many plastic fans to show up

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ragazzo
1 year 10 months ago

So this dude is just a bandwagon fan? He jumped on the RB train when they took over the team in 2006 and now is hopping on the NYCFC train. I’m glad that this irrelevant story is on your site. Great work.

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Dave from Dix Hills
1 year 10 months ago

Did you miss when Dave highlighted the RB tattoo last year? I mean, **** this guy and all, but this ain’t on EOS. It’s on this dummy.

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1 year 10 months ago

Can you be proud and hide at the same time? Don’t think so. Aside from that, hope he enjoys the supporters section full of tourists and Yankee fans that get free tickets when they attend a certain baseball game.

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1 year 10 months ago

Also in that last sentence it should be “their” not “they’re” :)

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1 year 10 months ago

the guy who runs the nyc sc is unintentionally hilarious

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer HA what a tool. he couldve at least waited to bail until this season ends. whats he gonna do for the next 8 months?

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer Good for him. Was supporting a team in a close, but different area. Now has a hometown team to support. Living the dream.

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1 year 10 months ago

.@EmpireOfSoccer To be honest, NYCFC will always feel like a strange placeholder to me; it’s the team that SHOULD have been the Cosmos.

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer Don’t you think its going to be fascinating to see how many Red Bulls fans switch over to NYCFC?

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1 year 10 months ago

that tattoo is hideous

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1 year 10 months ago

Mary Calogero liked this on Facebook.

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1 year 10 months ago

Harold Pineda liked this on Facebook.

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1 year 10 months ago

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1 year 10 months ago

Michael Warchol liked this on Facebook.

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1 year 10 months ago

@pschwartzcbsfan @EmpireOfSoccer Does @MLS experiment of #NYCFC become a failure for the league by destroying part of #NYRB fan base ?

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1 year 10 months ago

@pschwartzcbsfan @EmpireOfSoccer @MLS the idea was for a rivalry & to fill Red Bull Arena, was it not ?

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1 year 10 months ago

I was born and raised in New York City too….no way in hell can NYCFC (who hasn’t even fielded a team yet) be mine when I’m even older than them. No way in hell can they become the identity of NYC in one, five, one hundred years. That’s not how it works and titles cannot change that fact. The Cosmos? That was a NY team! One can make their claims for RBNY too. Sticking with my RBNY, always and forever!

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1 year 10 months ago

Leave it to @EmpireOfSoccer to get us the freshest about #nycfc. The ink isn’t even dried yet. http://t.co/ieQgIzadG6 http://t.co/JLaopARpl8

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1 year 10 months ago

Turncoat fan, only interested in the “sexiness”. Saw the badge, thought it looked cooler than the Red Bulls badge, and says more about HIM than either NY clubs. Good riddance, I say. Support the club, not the kit.

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer Wanna say FAKE but then you’d definitely want to be anonymous when your a closeted @NYCFC fan.
NYCFC fan? It gets better.

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer I just reread it. Droga5 has outdone themselves with a fake viral marketing idea.

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1 year 10 months ago

Num Numz liked this on Facebook.

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1 year 10 months ago

Discuss. @NYCFC_SC @RBA_SouthWard http://t.co/RdRvKDmi4N

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @PASSION_CORNER: Discuss. @NYCFC_SC @RBA_SouthWard http://t.co/RdRvKDmi4N

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1 year 10 months ago

@EmpireOfSoccer @MaraAzzurra89 this is a joke

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1 year 10 months ago

This is just a team fanatic!!! a true HINCHA never lives or betrays his club!!! Learn the meaning of Hincha aka Supporter!! I bet you he will now start his own supporters club, jejejejejejeje He is a sell out a trend follower, shame on him!!!!

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1 year 10 months ago

Why are some people so freaking dumb? Permanently altering your body for a “team” with no players and nowhere to play and whose very existence is greatly in doubt… just a dumb thing to do.

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/aSVhVvie7E #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS

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1 year 10 months ago

RT @MLSTransfers: “@EmpireOfSoccer: Former Red Bull fan makes allegiance clear with NYC FC TATTOO: http://t.co/gy8RoWuWzm #RBNY #NYCFC #MLS…

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sosa
1 year 10 months ago

lol I grew up in the Bronx, went to school blocks from Yankee stadium. LOYALTY was one of the things instilled in our neighborhood, but I guess for some people its easier to just change their story.

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