Budding NYCFC and Philly Union Rivalry Kicks Off Next Week

The newest member of the MLS, NYCFC, has shown plenty of promise in their opening season. Their star signing, David Villa, has shown his true class in the early portion of the 2015 season, scoring a goal in their home opener against another regional rival, the New England Revolution, while being the face of the franchise. Currently, NYCFC sits in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Chicago Fire.  With three exciting fixtures coming up for the New York City club, now is the time to check them out in action, especially as spring seems to have finally arrived.

The Third Rail, the NYCFC supporters club, is making their first group trip out to Philadelphia for their road match against the Union on April 11, which provides an interesting opportunity for any fans looking to travel.  With 300 plus fans already slated to make the trip, this trip promises to be an excellent experience for any fan of the club. Some of the most passionate fans in the MLS will cheer on the club in enemy territory at hostile PPL Park, and then the Union fans will repay the favor just five days later.

This game marks the start of another New York-Philadelphia rivalry, following in the footsteps of Giants-Eagles and Mets-Phillies, as the cities are separated by roughly 100 miles, but are joined in their dislike for one another. This will be the first of two visits to Philly by NYCFC, the second of which comes in June and sees the second-highest secondary market ticket price for a Union home game this season.

On April 16th at Yankee Stadium, NYCFC will host the Union as they battle in the second leg of their home-and-home series. Tickets to this Thursday night clash start at only $25 on Ticketmaster, while average price on the secondary market is $57.48. The Union are currently in last place in the Eastern Conference, having only secured two points form their first five games of the season, losing three games and tying in two of them. Their nine conceded goals is the most in the conference, and something that NYCFC should look to capitalize on.  NYCFC’s talented goal scorer Villa should have some opportunities against a very suspect defense.  The Union’s Fernando Aristeguieta is the club’s leading goal scorer, with three so far.

The New York-Philly rivalry is just one of the several regional rivalries sprouting between NYCFC and local opponents. The most expensive remaining home game for NYCFC is against the Red Bulls on June 28, with tickets averaging $123.28 on the secondary market, a true testament to fan demand for this New York market clash. While secondary prices are high, fans can look at the primary market for a get-in price of $25. The same is true of the NYCFC return trip to Red Bull Arena in August, with secondary market tickets averaging $99.54. NYCFC and the New England Revolution each host each other as the fifth-most expensive remaining game on the schedule, as the Revolution travel to Yankee Stadium for the regular season finale on October 25, with tickets averaging $108.32 on the secondary market.

Following the home-and-home with the Union, NYCFC will again play host to the Western Conference powerhouse Portland Timbers at Yankee Stadium on April 19. Similar to other NYCFC home games, fans can get into the stadium for only $25 on Ticketmaster. The Timbers have been one of the elite teams in the Western Conference in recent years but are off to a surprisingly slow start to their 2015 campaign with only six points in five games.

No matter who NYCFC welcomes to Yankee Stadium this season, it promises to be an incredible experience, but it can be expected that the crowd will be that much more amped for the regional rivalries that are starting to take shape.