What NYCFC Can Learn From RBNY

The Frank Lamaprd situation is already a mockery, but RBNY may have a lesson for NYCFC to learn
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Monday, January 05, 2015

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

His face was plastered all over Times Square on the electronic Billboards with that token crest of his new club, New York City FC.

But now he, Frank Lampard, won’t be there when the team will start playing on the first weekend of March.

Some thought NYCFC wasn’t going to be a repeat of the way Chivas Guadalajara handled their sister club, Chivas USA, which up until now shared the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, with the LA Galaxy.

Fans rejoiced regardless. Many cheered when they thought the exceptional English midfielder would join their ranks for the kickoff of the 2015 season.

But the hearts of fans were smashed just before the clock struck midnight on 2014. It was announced Lampard was staying with Manchester City until the end of the EPL season.

Reporters, bloggers and broadcasters were in a uproar as Manchester City has made this error to their new supporters, who are upset and have threatened to get their money back for their season tickets at Yankee Stadium. Getting their Designated Player to grace the outfield and a portion of the infield dirt that will be covered won’t arrive until the beginning of August as he will need some rest before coming to the Big Apple.

But it’s true to say that Manchester City doesn’t care what their fans of NYCFC are saying — because it’s all about what Manchester City wants, and that’s going to be signing players to play in the Bronx who they can also bring over to England for the chance to win the Premier League. The supporters group is not happy and they think their loyalty to the MLS side has been spurned.

So you look at the other side of the Hudson River in Harrison, N.J., and you wonder why the Red Bull Energy Drink Corporation never brought over Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel or Tim Cahill to Salzburg on loan in Austria to win an Austrian first division championship. It’s quite simple — because they want to let their clubs, while under the umbrella of the 2 bulls have their own minds and no interference with the rosters to help their main side in Europe.

So far, only 2players have moved from Austria to New York in the 9 years since Red Bull purchased the MetroStars and that is Ernst Obester back in 2009 and Ibrahim Sekagya in the middle of the 2013 season. Since then, we have seen players signed, traded, transferred or brought up through the academy and the MLS Super Draft to be a part of this side and not being bounced around the globe wearing the white shirts of the Red Bulls.

Where is Commissioner Don Garber at this moment? Where is the man who gathered a conference call with the American soccer media to give a verbal tongue lashing towards USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann about his opinions being detrimental to the game in the USA? What’s happening right now as the new year has gotten off to a destructive start? The silence is deafening as he is enjoying the $100 million pay off. Where are the New York Yankees as they are the 20% owners of this fiasco? I would’ve thought Hank Steinbrenner would be outraged since he is a soccer fan, but I guess not that much.

The truth is simple as it looks: Manchester City found loopholes in their NYCFC/MLS contract to Lampard and broke the agreement. Frank Lampard never signed an MLS contract to begin with, and Man City is using this club in the Bronx to avoid Financial Fair Play for their attempts to win club trophies and international club trophies.

It was only a matter of time that this form of trickery was going to be established, but I have to admit that I never thought it was going to happen this quickly. There are a lot of questions that need answering and at the moment the bleeding isn’t stopping, because the jokes just keep on coming. It won’t stop unless it gets addressed. As of right now the silence is deafening at MLS HQ and at the Big Ballpark in the Bronx. All that matters is the jersey color is Manchester City blue and the shirt sponsor is Etihad Airways. It's all for Manchester City.


Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.