When I arrived in New York last year, I felt like one of those highly touted high school football recruits sitting in a gym, looking at hats deciding between three choices. Only I have no talent. And the choice was between which local soccer team to follow. And no one in the world gave two shits. My choices:
New York Red Bulls:
Pros – first New York MLS team (as the MetroStars), soccer only stadium, working class following.
Cons – New Jersey.
Pros – newer team means I had a chance to get in on the ground with a new following, strong fan club, not in New Jersey.
Cons – linked to Manchester City (gross), plays games in a MLB stadium (yuck), no express trains to The Bronx on weekends (peeeee ew).
New York Cosmos
Pros– as a rebirth team, the club has a fun history (Pele once played for them), best logo, recently moved to Brooklyn
Cons– good chance they might not be around next year, good chance their soccer league might not be around next year, lower league team and performance.
As with most things in life, it came down to location, location, location. Yes, it’s a trek but getting to The Bronx every weekend is a one shot train ride and still faster than getting to New Jersey (on sometimes three separate trains). Plus, The Bronx is awesome. There are plenty of great local food joints and bars around the area for pre and post game. The area around Reds Bulls Arena is sort of like the area around the Thunder Dome in Mad Max. The Cosmos play in Coney Island, which is fun during the summer, but not many other seasons, and I have the Brooklyn Cyclones to fill that void in my life.
So I’m an official NYCFC season ticket holder. I get to watch David Villa defy age and Adre Pirlo defy what it means to try to defend someone on a soccer field.
To the food!
Have to Have It
Meat & Mozzarella Sandwich from The Mozzarella Joint – Section 237 – THIS was good. Super fresh mozz and delicious sauce. Mwah! The bread could have been a little better but this is the best thing we’ve had at Yankee Stadium thus far. The mozz guy said I could take a photo of him if I promised to tag him on Instagram. I’m a man of my word. If a word lasts for three months before getting around to it. How long do words last? Forever. FOR-EV-ER. Here you go, Mozz Guy. Be honored by my one follower on the gram!
Jersey Mike’s Cheese steak Sandwich: $11ish – Section 107 – OK, so it’s a chain and you can find a J-Mikes almost anywhere – at least on the east coast. But it’s a pretty damn good option that won’t let you down. Good proportion of meat, cheese, and peppers. I don’t ask for much.
Churro $5.50 – Section 236 – when someone offers you a churro, you get a churro. They have some Oreo version of a churro which just seems blasphemous.
Beer Price per Ounce Meter
Budweiser or Bud Light (Can): 25 ounces for $14.00. $0.56 per ounce.
Beck’s (Can): 25 ounces for $15.00. $0.60 per ounce.
Blue Point Lager (Draft): 20 ounces for $13.50. $0.68 per ounce.
I’m still navigating the beer selection, or lack thereof, at Yankee Stadium. I feel like Christopher Columbus trying to discover new land because there ain’t much around.