NYCFC fans are cheering on the boys in blue for a third season and as our team gets older so does our academy. New York City FC’s academy team is currently third in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Northeast Division, and in a playoff spot behind BW Gottschee Academy and Oakwood Soccer Club.
We’ve already started to see our first glimpses of NYCFC’s future homegrown stars. We saw James Sands play with the first team in pre-season and we’ve heard the rumors that Gio Reyna is being scouted by Fulham. Patrick Vieira thinks highly enough of them to have several of them train with the senior team at times.
With that in mind, I’m inviting you all to join me and cheer them on and support our city just as we would any other weekend at Yankee Stadium.
Come out to Belson Stadium at St. John’s University in Queens to watch the Academy’s next game against Empire United on Saturday, April 22 at 11:30am. (Noon kickoff as per the schedule)
The senior team plays Sunday, so you can make it back to back days of supporting the boys in blue. Give the academy team a taste of what they can expect if they work hard and make it to the senior team.
Best of all. IT’S TOTALLY FREE!
No tickets to pay for, plenty of street parking available. Come to sing, cheer and have a great time. Show these kids what it’s like to wear that NYCFC crest. Everyone is welcome to come and support the team, whether you have season tickets or you’ve never been to a game. Come out and support the local youth and have some fun while you’re doing it. You’ll be able to watch a soccer game in a small soccer specific stadium, close enough to the pitch that you’ll be able to see and hear everything. If nothing else, it’ll be a completely different experience than game day at Yankee Stadium.
FYI: St John’s University has a dry campus so there is no alcohol allowed on campus. Remember this is an academy game and there are families there.
How to get to St. John’s
Take train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike station.
Take Q-46 bus to 175th Street and Utopia Parkway.
Take train to 169th Street station.
Take Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John’s University on Utopia Parkway and 80th Road (right after Union Turnpike).
Take train to Main Street, Flushing.
Take Q-17 bus to Utopia Parkway and the Long Island Expressway.
Transfer to the Q-30 or Q-31 bus to St. John’s University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 80th Road.
Long Island Railroad (L.I.R.R.)
Take L.I.R.R. to Jamaica Station.
Take the Q-30 bus to St. John’s University main gate on Utopia Parkway and 80th Road.
Take the Queens Midtown Tunnel to the Long Island Expressway, exit at Utopia Parkway. Stay on the service road to Utopia Parkway and turn right. Follow Utopia Parkway to Union turnpike; the campus is on the right.
Take the Belt Parkway (East) to the Van Wyck Expressway (678 N.), exit at Main Street/Union Turnpike. Proceed to the third traffic light and make a right onto the Grand Central Parkway service road. Go left on Utopia Parkway (at fourth traffic light) and proceed to the campus.
Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway (East) to the Grand Central Parkway (East); exit at Utopia Parkway, and make a left on to the campus.
From the Bronx
Take the Throgs Neck Bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto the campus.
Take the Triboro Bridge to the Grand Central Parkway. Exit at Utopia Parkway. Turn left at the light and left onto the campus.
From Long Island (North)
Take the Northern State Parkway to the Grand Central Parkway, exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway; bear right to campus.
Take the Long Island Expressway and exit at Utopia Parkway. Make a left on Utopia Parkway and proceed to Union Turnpike. The campus is on the right.
From Long Island (South)
Take the Southern State Parkway to the Cross Island Parkway. Proceed to the Grand Central Parkway (west), and exit at 188th Street. Turn left at the light, and make an immediate right onto the service road. Follow the service road to Utopia Parkway and bear right to campus.
From Connecticut (North)
Follow I-95 South to the Bruckner Expressway toward the Throgs Neck Bridge. Cross the bridge to the Clearview Expressway. Take exit 2 from the Clearview and make a right onto Union Turnpike. Make a left onto Utopia Parkway; proceed to main gate (1) and make a right onto campus.
From New Jersey
Take I-95 North or I-80 East to the George Washington Bridge. Cross the bridge and take the Cross Bronx Expressway to I-295 to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Follow directions above from Bronx (Option One).