ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Twenty five miles north of New York City FC’s Manhattan offices sits a quiet town within a stone’s throw to the New Jersey border. On one side of the highway sits a shopping center with some of the expected chain food store. Heading west, a psychiatric center towers above the town as the only notable high rise.
This is definitely not New York City.
Just beyond that tower, W Orangeburg Road opens up to a miniature soccer oasis, with fields surrounding both sides. Youth club World Class FC already resides in town and serves as home to NYCFC's girls academy teams, something which >New York City FC
>New York City FCexecutives say attracted them to the site for the newly-opened City Training Academy. The club’s world-class facility is modeled after those of brother clubs in Manchester and Melbourne, and it finally gives NYCFC a permanent place to call its own.
“It really helps me to be even more demanding on the players, because I think that shows the club’s commitment in the long term and for me to show players that he club is behind us,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “I think it’s important to have this facility because in the previous one – it’s not like it was bad, but we didn’t feel like we were at home.”