F.C. New York Left Without A League

Written by Ian Thomson

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — F.C. New York is homeless for the second time in two years after parting ways with the National Premier Soccer League.

The NPSL, considered the fourth tier of men’s soccer in the United States, has been on an expansion drive recently with 15 teams being added since the conclusion of the 2012 season. Conversely F.C. New York’s name has been removed from the list of clubs in its Northeast – Atlantic Conference.

“There were issues regarding minimum standards and operations and it was decided between both parties that F.C. New York would leave the NPSL,” said a statement from NPSL chairman Andy Zorovich.

The franchise played one season in the United Soccer Leagues Pro Division in 2011, finishing fifth in the six-team National Division with a 6-11-7 record and missing the play-offs by two points. Its home games were held at St. John’s University’s Belson Field in Queens, N.Y. The school’s decision to relay the field’s artificial surface during 2012 forced F.C. New York president Doug Petersen to arrange alternative accommodation for his team’s inaugural NPSL season. Its seven home games were scheduled for a variety of venues in Long Island.

F.C. New York recorded home and away victories over the New York Red Bulls U-23 side in June before its season came to an abrupt halt. Brooklyn Italians raised a complaint over the host venue for its away game with F.C. New York on June 16 and was awarded a 3-0 walkover win. Big Apple Soccer editor Michael Lewis, citing unnamed sources, reported issues during the club’s 3-2 win over the Red Bulls on June 30. F.C. New York did not complete its four remaining games in July after Petersen’s relationship with the NPSL’s regional administrators soured.

“We’re a team without a league,” said Petersen in a telephone interview Monday. He maintained that there are plans for F.C. New York’s return in 2014.

The club’s former striker Jhonny Arteaga earned a contract with the Red Bulls’ professional team in 2012 after leading the USL with 13 goals in 2011, including four in a 5-0 win at Dayton Dutch Lions. Arteaga has since seen released following the team’s coaching changes. F.C. New York’s first head coach Matt Weston was recently appointed to lead USL expansion side VSI Tampa Bay F.C.

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