F.C. New York set for USL PRO
USL News Release
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. – United Soccer Leagues is proud to announce the addition of F.C. New York to USL PRO for the 2011 season. Headquartered in Garden City, New York, F.C. New York was founded in 2007 and will play its home games at The Soccer Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University.
F.C. New York President Doug Petersen and Senior Vice President Jo-Ellen Treiber are the club’s senior executives and principal owners. Former Manchester United Academy and Ipswich Town player Matt Weston serves as the club’s director of football. Weston is establishing the pro squad as well as overseeing F.C. New York’s academy system.
“F.C. New York is excited about the league moving in this direction,” Petersen said. “USL PRO is what we have been waiting for from a business and fan perspective; the model makes sense. Developing regional rivalries helps create a great fan experience that will also include national and international game play.”
USL PRO will make its debut in 2011 and includes marquee franchises such as the Charleston Battery, Richmond Kickers and Orlando City SC (formerly Austin Aztex). Designed to help ensure the long-term stability of professional soccer in North America below MLS, USL PRO will feature 16 teams in 2011 and will benefit from national television and online broadcast packages. Focused on franchise stability and longevity, USL PRO will feature an unprecedented six teams with more than a decade of operational experience in 2011, and more than 100 years of combined operational experience.
Additional franchises participating in USL PRO for the 2011 season will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
“We’re pleased that F.C. New York has chosen to participate in USL PRO, and we look forward to seeing the finished product on the field in 2011,” USL President Tim Holt said. “Doug, Jo-Ellen and Matt are dedicated to providing an entertaining team that New York soccer fans can embrace.”
F.C. New York is currently developing partnership agreements with various amateur, youth and professional clubs regionally and internationally.
“There is a huge pool of talented players throughout North America that we would like to see, and with the relationships we’re building we hope to see many promoted through our system,” Petersen said. “We are also in discussions with several overseas clubs regarding mutual synergies as we will be playing in front of the most diverse population in the world.”
Youth soccer will also be a key component of the F. C. New York pyramid.
“We are staying true to our plan to have a fully-integrated vertical model from youth to professional, which does not exist anywhere else in New York.” Treiber said. “The origins of our club are rooted with S.H.A.K.E. (Soccer Helping Achieve Kids’ Equality) and we have been helping others through soccer for many years.”
F.C. New York has special season tickets offers and more exciting news coming in the next several weeks.