Sky Blue FC and New York Surf Soccer Club have established a club partnership, and the first major event in the new relationship will be held in March.
New York Surf Soccer Club is a non-profit premier soccer club based in metro New York and operates as the East Coast affiliate of San Diego Surf Soccer Club. The club’s mission is to ensure that players are coached and mentored to play at their highest level in a positive and challenging environment, while also promoting high ethical and academic standards, good sportsmanship, diversity and community involvement.
As part of the relationship, NY Surf will be hosting a preseason match between Sky Blue FC and St. John’s University at Belson Stadium on Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m. The game marks the fifth consecutive year that Sky Blue FC and St. John’s University have played during the preseason, and it will be the first time that they have met in New York since 2013.
“We are very excited to create this club partnership with NY Surf Soccer Club,” said Tony Novo, president and general manager of Sky Blue FC. “This relationship will play a vital role in establishing a stronger connection with our New York supporters, beginning with the St. John’s preseason match next month.”
Matt Popoli, founder and president of NY Surf, said the two organizations share a similar soccer philosophy and core values.
“The Sky Blue FC/NY Surf partnership is exciting for our organization, players and coaches, and the St. John’s vs. Sky Blue FC scrimmage will be a great way to kick off the partnership,” he said.
Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach, said the partnership between Sky Blue FC and NY Surf is a “big step” as the NWSL team continues to grow the club’s profile throughout the New York marketplace.
“We already have a strong fan base in New York, and now we look to expand our soccer influence even further throughout the region,” he said. “We are excited about the long-term potential that lies ahead as we begin working with New York Surf because they are such a strong club within the metropolitan area.”