Two of Britain's finest soccer teams came to the Bronx on Saturday to show New Yorkers their stuff, and the exhibition game in Yankee Stadium was just a preview of what's to come once New York City gets its own soccer team. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
On a cold and rainy Saturday, soccer mania took over Yankee Stadium as England's Manchester City faced off against its fellow British club, Chelsea.
"The weather is just like it's in London today," said one fan.
"We're freezing, the weather is bad," said another.
Though it was just a friendly match-up, fans of the two premier league giants meant business. They came with their faces painted, soccer flags flying, and lots and lots of energy.
Despite the fact that both teams had an impressive showing, in the end, Manchester won 5-3.
"Don't let these Chelsea fans tell you anything. We just won that game, it was incredible," a Manchester fan.
"I think that Manchester City creamed Chelsea," said another fan.
The game aside, soccer fans were buzzing about the week's big news: New York City will soon have its very own soccer team that plays in the five boroughs. The team, called the New York City Football Club, is owned by Manchester City and the Yankees.
"Manchester City and the Yankees are two very storied franchises in both of their respected sports. Both of them have a lot of resources to use to bring in great players," said a fan.
NY1 spoke with soccer fans originally from Albania, the Ivory Coast and all over Europe. They all live in the tri-state area now and said they hope that soccer will one day be as big here as it is in their hometowns.
"Over there, you see kids on barefoot playing on the street everywhere. Here, they have to get all dressed up," said a fan.
"If you say 'soccer' today, everybody stops walking and we go to watch the game, from the baby to the president," said another.
One young soccer fan from the Bronx has big plans for New York's newest home team.
"Maybe when I grow up, I'm going to be in that team," he said.
NYC F.C. is expected to begin playing in 2015. It's unclear where its home field will be, but it could take the field temporarily at Yankee Stadium.