Check out the atmosphere, and some sweet goals, from the NYCFC games so far.
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As the big game in Philly approaches, here is some key information for the road trip.
We are sitting in section 132 in the Stadium
The bus for Philly leaves at 11am, so be there as early as possible.
If you are driving down, park in Lot A and meet us in the Boat Launch Lot
Tickets need to be picked up in person! The Eventbrite ticket is not your match ticket. You will not get into the stadium with the Eventbrite ticket.
Tickets will be available for pickup at Nevada Smiths before 11am, in the bus parking lot before 3pm or at the River Gate Entrance after 3pm.
After the match, go directly back to the bus. A Union liaison will escort is out of the stadium 15-20 min after the match ends.
For any other questions, post them in the comments below and we will try and get to them asap.
The bye week has finally passed which means New York City FC will be returning to action. They will hit the road tomorrow to play against the win-less Philadelphia Union, and will match up against them again on Thursday the 16th in the Bronx.
The Union have allowed the most goals in the MLS so far, giving David Villa, who is expected to be back on the pitch, and company a great opportunity to get six points and move up in the standings.
Below are some players to keep an eye on for the matches.
A Fresh Start
After sending Rais Mbolhi home to “clear his head”, the Union will be starting 22 year-old rookie John McCarthy, who will be making his MLS debut. Although the team has been off to a rough start, McCarthy will allow the Union to reboot their season at home. He happens to also be from Philadelphia and will surely have family and friends in attendance. Will NYCFC be able to ruin the hometown kid's debut?
The Captain Returns
David Villa's nagging injury is something he will have to work with as the season progresses. The bye week came at a great time, allowing Villa to have extra days to heal. It was clear that his talents were missed against Sporting KC, and we all know that if he plays, Villa can be the most lethal man on the pitch.
Try saying that name three times fast.
Fernando is the one bright spot on a team that has only been able to score on the road. It's safe to say that the fans will be clamoring for a goal at home, in what will be an intense environment. Fernando already has three goals on the young season (that’s as many as NYCFC combined), but if the back-line is able to shut him down, the boys in blue will be able to come out of Philly with three points.
The next couple of games will be critical in keeping NYCFC’s inaugural season moving in the right direction. Expect some exciting action on the field and in the stands. It's time to show the Union how the Third Rail rolls.
Also, don’t forget to keep up with the Third Rail on twitter @ThirdRailSC.
Posted by Andrew Singh
Andrew Singh is a Contributor and member of the Third Rail. Born and raised in New York, Andrew has a passion for many things such as music, traveling, and of course sports. He's recently become obsessed with fútbol, and enjoys chatting about NYCFC, and La Liga. Contact him via twitter @Singh_A87 if you want to get in touch and talk about The Third Rail, fútbol, or anything intellectually stimulating.
If you are not one of the 300 making the trip down to Philadelphia, you can still follow the action from the bus trip and around the stadium via our Periscope app.
If you are unfamiliar with Periscope, it's an iOS app that allows you to broadcast live from your phone. If you don't have an iPhone or iPad, you can view it on your desktop.
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Here are the players that you, the Third Rail members, voted to have in the starting team against Philadelphia Union.
Check them out and let us know if you agree.
Let's hope Kreis is listening!
We've got time to kill before the next game, so we would love to see who you think should be in the starting lineup for the game in Philly.
Results will be posted here by Tuesday, April 7th.
For those who are on the fence about joining us in Philly for the next NYCFC game, we've compiled 8 reasons for you to hop on the bus with the Third Rail. #hailtherail
On April 11th, the Third Rail make their first supporters bus trip in the MLS. We want you there!
Our Board has organized a bus to take us from New York to Philadelphia for the game on Saturday of that week.
For pricing of tickets and the bus, check out our eventbrite page or register immediately below.