June 30, 2012
FC New York to wear game jerseys supporting presidential candidate Romney
By Michael Lewis
|This is what the FC New York shirts will look like.
Photo courtesy of FC New York
In a startling move that is bound to bring controversy and attention to the struggling National Premier Soccer League club, FC New York on Saturday announced that it will wear shirts that will feature presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the front of their game jerseys.
FC New York is scheduled to meet the New York Red Bull Under-23 team at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y. at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
According to a press release that was released on Saturday morning, the club said it "was pleased to announce it will feature presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the front of our kits for the balance of the year."
It is believed to be the first time an American soccer team’s game jerseys supported the election of a presidential candidate.
FC New York said the shirts will say:
Believe in America
According to a preview photo sent by the club, the shirts will be featured in pink and white. FC New York did not say which color would be used on Saturday night.
FC New York said it recently was approached by an "independent representative who offered to pay to take the front jersey sponsor in support of Mr. Romney."
The club did not give any name of the mystery donor.
According to FC New York, that representative said, “I love futbol, I love America, I am a proud Latino-American who believes Mitt Romney needs to be our next president.”
In the press release, FC New York quoted coach Elvin Vasquez supporting the move.
“I am glad we have a kit sponsor that people all over America recognize, but right now I am looking for a victory against Red Bull," Vasquez said. "I want to win as much as Mr. Romney does.”
FC New York, which has won only once in nine games this season (1-4-4, seven points) is tied with the Seacoast United Mariners (1-5-4, seven) for seventh place in the eight-team in the NPSL Northeast Atlantic Conference.
Gov. Romney is expected to be the Republican candidate to run against the incumbent, President Obama.
As of early afternoon, the Red Bulls, NPSL and FC New York had not responded to requests for comment.
The 48-team NPSL is commonly recognized as the fourth tier league in the U.S. Soccer pecking order.
The Northeast Atlantic Conference also consists of the Red Bulls, Brooklyn Italians, New York Athletic Club, Rhode Island Reds, Seacoast United Phantoms and Mass United FC.