New York City FC is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a friendly between the FDNY & NYPD friendly at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
This charity game between FDNY and NYPD will take place after NYCFC’s final regular season match against Columbus Crew SC.
Marking the seventh meeting between the two sides, this will be the first time that the Yankee Stadium will have hosted this prestigious match which is contested annually to raise money and awareness of the team’s respective charities.
The NYPD, who play in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, are raising awareness for the NYPD: Widow’s & Children’s Funds, which provides aid and assistance to widows, widowers and eligible dependents of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Meanwhile, the FDNY, who take part in the Long Island Soccer Football League, hope to use the match to spread awareness of The Sergio Villanueva Soccer Foundation which was set up to recognize Sergio Villanueva, the FDNY Soccer team’s no.10 and central midfielder.
Sergio passed away during the events of September 11 and the charity serves a way to educate the community on the tragedy and recognizes the hard work of the all those who lost their lives that day
Through the foundation, the FDNY soccer team has set up youth soccer clinics globally for over 3000 children. Locations include Hempstead, NY; Exeter City, UK; Baumholder, Germany; Rome, Italy; and others.
The match will kick-off after the Shirts Off Our Backs presentation on the field at Yankee Stadium which follows our final regular season game.