Welcome to the Third Rail!

Hello everyone and welcome to the home of the Third Rail. We are the first Supporters Club for New York City FC, welcoming MLS and the Beautiful Game to the greatest city in the world.

Our new name was chosen by NYCFC fans. We have been amazed at the outpouring of support we've seen so far, and I look forward to meeting more of you in person as we approach the club's kickoff in 2015.

From time to time, you'll see posts here from officers and members of the organization. Since I'm first up, I'll introduce myself - my name is Chance Michaels, and I am the President of the Third Rail. I'm a native New Yorker and a lifelong soccer fan. I have been largely agnostic on Major League Soccer since its founding; the MetroStars (now Red Bulls) seemed from the beginning to have made a conscious decision to be a suburban club. Fair enough, that's a legitimate choice, but it also meant that as a city kid I didn't have a team. With no local side to support, I became an Arsenal supporter and eventually a season ticket holder at Ashburton Grove. That all changed one year ago, on May 21, 2013, when New York City FC was announced as the 20th team in MLS.

Finally, New York had its own top-flight professional soccer club. I started blogging about NYCFC that same day, chronicling its nascent development, and soon met a small group of like-minded fans. Together, we started the group that would become the Third Rail. Over the coming weeks, I'll be introducing you to those people, and laying out our goals for the next weeks, months and years. There's much to be done in the nine months before NYCFC starts play.

It's an exciting time to be a soccer fan in New York. I hope you'll join us for the ride.

Thank you,