Queensboro FC may not be the only brand new professional soccer club set to launch in New York City in the near future. As I reported back in November, there were four applicants to join the National Independent Soccer Association for the Fall 2020 season: the New York Cosmos, a Miami Beach team (believed to be Miami Beach CF), a New Jersey team and a second New York team.
Midfield Press has learned that an investor in the second New York NISA applicant is Laurence Girard, the CEO and Co-Founder of New York medtech company Fruit Street. Girard did not reply to an email requesting comment by the time of publication.
While it may not be the final team name, we understand one name in consideration for the club is New Amsterdam FC. This would be a reference to New York City’s original name as a Dutch settlement. In our research, we stumbled upon a potential logo for New Amsterdam FC that was sourced from the graphic design contest site 99 Designs:
The existence of the contest does not mean the New Amsterdam FC brand or the logo are set in stone. Until the club is accepted into a league and these things are formally announced, they should be considered works in process and easily changed.
The potential pro soccer club, which as far as Midfield Press knows has not yet been formally accepted into NISA but is likely to be accepted according to one source familiar with the league’s process, hopes to play out of Fordham University’s facilities. Coffey Field saw a New York soccer derby back in 2016, when the New York Cosmos edged New York City FC 1-0 in the US Open Cup. It may see more New York derbies in the near future between New Amsterdam FC and the New York Cosmos.
NISA announced that the New York Cosmos were accepted into the league in November. The other three applicants were not accepted at the same time. Any applicants, including the Cosmos, accepted by NISA for Fall 2020 will have to be approved by US Soccer. This is expected to be reviewed at the February US Soccer Board meeting.