Major League Soccer

New York Fans Gaining a Reputation

Combative New York City FC fans give the club's supporters a bad reputation.

The MLS may be young, but it appears one club and its supporters have cemented themselves as America’s version of West Ham’s Green Street Elite from the infamous movie, Green Street Hooligans.

Sunday’s alleged post-match antics from a few NYCFC fans following the Orlando City SC game are the latest in a string of headline-making fights the club’s supporters have been involved in during recent years.

It’s important to note that NYCFC consistently has a strong showing of well-behaved fans each match, but this combative minority is quickly hurting the reputation for the masses.

Here’s just a sampling of the NYCFC supporters’ offenses in the past two years:

  • March 5, 2017: Three NYCFC fans arrested for fighting with officers after Orlando City SC game – link 
  • June 15, 2016: New York Cosmos and NYCFC fans clash amid U.S. Open Cup match – link
  • May 21, 2016: The New York City FC-Red Bulls rivalry gets heated hours before a derby match at Yankee Stadium – link
  • August 9, 2015: NYCFC fans come looking for a fight before a match at Red Bull Arena – link

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