New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer club based in New York City that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer. NYCFC began play in 2015, as a team of the league. The club is the first MLS franchise based in the city, by the following year, the league had held talks with several groups, including New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his family, about owning the second New York club. The Wilpons interest in MLS reportedly faded following the losses in the Madoff investment scandal. In 2010, MLS commissioner Don Garber officially announced the intent to make its 20th franchise a second team in the New York area. At that point, the league hoped to have the new team beginning operations by 2013. But when Ferran Soriano, Barcelonas vice president at the time of the Miami bid, was appointed Manchester City CEO in August 2012, however, Garber announced in March 2013 that he was almost ready to unveil the new expansion team. Manchester City and the New York Yankees baseball team paid a $100 million expansion fee to join the league. New York City Football Club, LLC was registered with the New York State Department on May 7,2013, reyna, a New Jersey native, also played for the nearby New York Red Bulls. He said he had begun identifying candidates to be the head coach. The team announced an English-language radio deal with WFAN on October 3,2013, further hirings were made in mid-November, when three experienced administrators were appointed to Vice President roles. On December 11,2013, Jason Kreis was announced as the first head coach of the new franchise, having reached the end of his contract at Real Salt Lake and declined an extension. The move came just four days after he missed out on lifting his second MLS Cup with the Utah team, losing on penalties to Sporting Kansas City. Kreis official unveiling was made at a conference on January 10,2014. On June 2,2014 the club announced that Spanish World Cup-winning striker David Villa had signed as the first player. While the team awaited its MLS start in 2015, Villa was loaned to another owned by Manchester City. Reyna hailed Lampard as one of the greatest players in world history, Lampard said that It is a privilege to be able to help make history here in New York City. On July 6,2015 the club signed Italian international Andrea Pirlo from Juventus as their third Designated Player, in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, as an expansion team, New York City had second overall pick, choosing Oregon State forward Khiry Shelton as their first pick
Former Manchester City midfielder and U.S. international Claudio Reyna was named as the first director of the club.
The team currently plays at Yankee Stadium
Spanish World Cup-winning forward David Villa is the team captain.