New York City for Soccer Lovers

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The U.S. is slowly but surely falling in love with soccer. For years Americans seemed fairly indifferent to the sport, but with the recent Women’s World Cup victory and the growth of Major League Soccer the number of fans is growing daily. If you’ve caught the soccer bug and are visiting New York City here’s how you can play and celebrate the sport with the perfect soccer-themed day.

1. Start the Day with Pick-Up Game
Ready to show off your skills? There are several groups throughout the city that have pick-up games on weekdays on weekends in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There’s even a yearly NYC World Cup — just in case you want to participate in some country-on-country action and can’t wait until the World Cup in 2018.

Soccer Pick Up Games NYC

2. Grab a Soccer-Themed Smoothie
After an intense game it’s time to refresh and replenish. Football Café located at 100 Forsyth is devoted to all things soccer, serving up superfood shakes, juices, and coffees. Try the Frappirlo, a frappucino made with coffee, almond milk, coconut oil, agave, turmeric, cinnamon and is always on ice like the master. Or sample the Le Petit Pont (pictured) a vegan nut shake made with macadamia, Brazil nut, almond butter, banana and raw honey. Your energy will be back in no time.

Le Petit Pont New York City

3. Catch a NYCFC game
For your next destination it’s time to see the pros. Watch soccer legends Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard and David Vila duke it out under the watchful eye of new head coach Patrick Vieira. You’ll have to wait until 2016 to catch the next season but we’re certain with this illustrious roster it will be worth it.

NYCFC Games New York City

4. Cap of the day at FC Gotham
FC Gotham is a luxury sports bar “inspired by the comfort and warmth of the old British soccer club-houses.” Indulge in bar food favorites such as pulled pork nachos, wings and fried hot dogs — you’ve definitely earned it. Oh and if you haven’t gotten enough soccer-action, there are of course dozens of screens for you to watch the best European and American matches.

FC Gotham NYC

About the Author: Rana Good is a multimedia journalist with an ambitious goal of traveling to all countries in the world at some point in her lifetime. Originally hailing from Switzerland she’s made NYC her home but takes every opportunity to discover new lands when she can.