New York City FC II is a professional soccer team based in New York City that competes in the MLS Next Pro league, the third division of American soccer. The team is owned by and operates as the reserve team of the Major League Soccer club New York City FC.
New York City FC II Youth Development System
New York City FC II Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy/trial information for New York City FC II. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official news section for more information.
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New York City FC II History
When NYCFC joined the Major League Soccer in 2015, there was no reserve competition in the league. The New York City Football Club initially affiliated with Wilmington Hammerheads FC and subsequently with San Antonio FC for their first few seasons, but these relationships were not utilized to their full potential, and the club proceeded to go several seasons without a minor league affiliate after that.
Major League Soccer made the announcement on December 6, 2021 that it would be forming a new league called MLS Next Pro. This new league would be a hybrid of a development league and a competitive competition, and it would sit on the third tier of the United States soccer league system. NYCFC was one of the teams that was announced as having committed to playing in the inaugural season of the league.
The club made the announcement that it had signed three players in order to fill up the roster of the newly formed team, and at that time, the name of the team was revealed to be New York City FC II (sometimes referred to as “NYCFC II”). It was reported that New York City Football Club II would play its home games at Belson Stadium, which is located on the campus of St. John’s University, beginning on February 24, 2022.
New York City FC II Stadium
On the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, New York City, is the soccer-only Belson Stadium, which has a capacity of 2,168 spectators and is located near the intersection of Utopia Parkway and Union Turnpike. Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams for St. John’s University play their home games here. Because of the tight urban setting in Queens, the stadium is built on top of a parking garage, making it one of a kind.
This was done in order to save space. The stadium was given the name “Maxine and Jerome Belson Stadium” in their honor. Mr. Belson was a former philanthropist to the university, as well as a graduate of the law school at St. John’s University and a member of the Board of Trustees at the university. The Belsons gave a donation of $6 million toward the building of the stadium, and additional funds of $5 million were raised for the parking garage and landscaping.
Between the years 2013 and 2018, the stadium served as the primary playing venue for the USL League Two club F.A. Euro New York (USL2). The New York Cosmos and the Indy Eleven competed in the Soccer Bowl, the championship game of the North American Soccer League (NASL), at the stadium on November 13, 2016. The event was known as the “Soccer Bowl.” The Cosmos were victorious with a score of 4–2 on penalties in front of a crowd of 2,150. In 2015 and 2016, the stadium was also the site of multiple U.S. Open Cup matches that were played by the Cosmos. Additionally, the New York Pancyprian-Freedoms of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League of the United States Adult Soccer Association call this stadium their home field.