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Gold Cup, World Cup, FC N.Y.

*CONCACAF will announce the Gold Cup groups and complete schedule Thursday at noon ET. First-round doubleheaders will be played at Carson, Seattle, Oakland, Columbus, RFK Stadium, Houston, Miami, Foxborough and Phoenix. Team USA in Seattle, Columbus or Washington, and then Foxborough?

*According to FIFA, the country that has requested the most World Cup tickets (other than host South Africa) is the United States. Go figure. Britain is third, followed by Germany, Italy and Australia.

*FC New York will join USL1, American soccer's second division, next year, the league announced today. The team will play at a 13,000-seat stadium at Hofstra University on Long Island.

By Steve Goff  |  April 1, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , CONCACAF , USL  
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Finally, a soccer team in NY besides the Rochester Rhinos

Posted by: dcufan | April 1, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

DC United fans,

Check out the latest stadium news. Not good.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/annapolis/

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 1, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Fingers crossed for the Gold Cup!

World Cup coming to a state near you!

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 1, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Quite the interesting name for the new Long Island USL team.

Posted by: sitruc | April 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

So much for the team actually being in the City. If you go to other website that's all these New York fans say is their reason for not supporting the NYRB but why they will support this team.

Even though, I hope this team is successful. They build a real stadium in the city and then, after they prove their success, they join the MLS (boy am I an optimist)

Posted by: grubbsbl | April 1, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Long Island mine as well be Syracuse

Posted by: grubbsbl | April 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I can remember as a kid watching the Long Island Rough Riders take on my beloved Hampton Roads Mariners back in the old USISL. It was the first time I ever saw a legit fight break out during a game, and the first time I ever saw someone get headbutted Zizou style. I always hated Long Island after that...

Posted by: VTUnited | April 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a soccer team in NY besides the Rochester Rhinos

Posted by: dcufan | April 1, 2009 2:15 PM
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Hey, don't hate on the Rhinos... leave that to Montreal Impact and Puerto Rico Islanders fans. :D

Instead, go to see them while they are on their preseason Maryland tour.

Starts tonight with the Terpies at CP.

Friday night FREE (yes, "FREE"--ya'll heard it hear-Tell em ole Yanki-Yank gave ya the word)at UMBC when they face my Crystal Palace Baltimore.

Sunday they play Real Maryland up MoCo.

Posted by: yankiboy | April 1, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, would you pick April Fool's Day to announce a new club--In New York, no less?

Not even MLS would do that. Hilarious.

So much for the "death of the USL" now that MLS has "stolen" the Cascadian clubs...

We'll see how this works out. Makes me remember the Long Island Rough Riders or the Staten Island Vipers...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

what are the chances they out-draw NYRB with their 13K seat stadium?

Posted by: fedssocr | April 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

A soccer team would do alright in nassau.


what are the chances they out-draw NYRB with their 13K seat stadium?

Posted by: fedssocr | April 1, 2009 2:45 PM

Hofstra's full of guido's- bring in a third division italian team and you'd get a sell out...

Posted by: laur84 | April 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"what are the chances they out-draw NYRB with their 13K seat stadium?"

.001%

I've been to Hofstra for soccer. Getting there by mass transit made going to Giants Stadium look comparatively easy.

There's not a good reason why "FC New York" will outdraw the Rough Riders, who had crowds of a couple thousand.

If the team had any kind of plan to work towards playing in the five boroughs, I'd say the attendance would be higher. But while it's amusing to idly think of how they could outdraw RBNY, it won't happen. Harrison is easier to get to than Hofstra, even from Queens or Brooklyn, and RBA will be a fantastic place to watch a game, regardless of how poor the team might be. Hofstra Stadium, on the other hand, is an aluminum dump with Field Turf. It's a worse experience than Giants Stadium.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 1, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody see Ballack's shot? Just sick......

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | April 1, 2009 2:59 PM

I'm not trying to knock the Red Bulls- I'm from LI- I hope they do well. I just think a usl team in nassau could do better than your implying.

Surely they could outdraw most of the usl1 teams after a few years...

Posted by: laur84 | April 1, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Way to go people who are requesting tickets. This could put a nice feather in the '18 and '22 bids. It says to FIFA, "We have more fans who will fly 15 hours from our capital to SA than anybody else. Imagine what we could do if you cut our maximum travel time to a third of what you are currently asking of us?"

Of course, the UK, Germany, and Italy numbers combined could dwarf ours, and it isn't a very long flight from FRA, FCO, or MAD to LHR, LGW, or MAN.

Posted by: mason08 | April 1, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

OT, sorry, but I've just seen the banner ad on the Post site for the Chelsea-AC Milan deal at MT Bank stadium. Interesting that they don't say "Milan" but just use its shield, so if you don't follow the game you may not get it; and they're calling it the "World Football Challenge," which must be its official name but I'm surprised they don't "translate" it to "soccer." They must be assuming their target audience gets it. Vs. the guy who says Chelsea against who in the what???

Posted by: fallschurch1 | April 1, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't know Chelsea plays football isn't going to the game.

The nice thing about the L.I. team is it puts a USL team in the NYC TV market. The value of that can't be overestimated. The league has lost major markets out West. Back East, the USL has always been in smaller markets (Montreal, and the brief flirtation with Atlanta excepted). They may not draw big crowds to Hofstra, but if they move the ratings up a few ticks, FSC and the USL will be thrilled.

Speaking of which -- did anyone else find it curious that at least half of the sideline advertising in El Salvador was for Miami FC and the USL?

Posted by: fischy | April 1, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

fallschurch1: One the Baltimore ESPN affiliate 105.7, the FAN (yeah, I know--real original) they make sure tha you know that it is the other "football" (soccer)...

Posted by: yankiboy | April 1, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Goff asks us to "go figure", so here's my attempt:

As a percentage of the whole US population, soccer fans in the USA are rather small, but as an absolute number, there are quite a lot of us. Also, we have good internet and telephone connectivity (handy for requesting lots of tickets) and relatively high incomes (handy for paying your way to S. Africa)

Posted by: WorldCup | April 1, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ticket brokers, working through individuals, may account for some of that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 1, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

As a percentage of the whole US population, soccer fans in the USA are rather small, but as an absolute number, there are quite a lot of us. Also, we have good internet and telephone connectivity (handy for requesting lots of tickets) and relatively high incomes (handy for paying your way to S. Africa)

Posted by: WorldCup | April 1, 2009 4:33 PM
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All of which explains why the USA would still be a great place to stage another World Cup. Sure, if you have it somewhere else, you might have a "surprising" number of Americans going -- representing multiple nationalities...but, if it's here, you'll have a lot more. The MLS might be justifiably ignored, but it gives us an even greater hunger to see real. top-flight soccer.

Posted by: fischy | April 1, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

yankiboy,

The FAN? That station is a joke. You thought the Redskins get a lot of coverage, that station talks Ravens 24/7. I gets real old real quick. In addition, sometimes they actually talk about butt ugly hockey (what I call lacrosse). I'm sorry but lacrosse is simply unwatchable.

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 1, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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