St. Johns and NYCFC have a long-lasting partnership, as the NYCFC Academy has used the venue since 2016. Belson Stadium also hosted the First Team when NYCFC defeated North Carolina 4-0 in the 2019 US Open Cup.
NYCFC II will play in the Northeastern Division of the Eastern Conference. An element that will spill over from MLS is Heineken Rivalry Week, in which teams are paired up to maximize fanfare and hype. As the New Jersey Red Bulls will not field an MLS Next Pro team until 2023, NYCFC II is hilariously matched with RNY FC, a team that until recently was known as the (much catchier) “Rochester Rhinos.” Leicester City FC talisman Jamie Vardy is a part-owner of RNY FC. Three games are scheduled for what could be called the Empire State Derby: NYCFC II will travel to Rochester twice, and the Young Pigeons will host the Rochester Rhinos once on the synthetic turf field at Belson Stadium.
NYCFC II will not play against any Western Conference teams during the regular season. The full 2022 regular season schedule is below. There will be a postseason, but the format and dates are yet to be determined.
Tickets for home games will cost $10 to $15, while St. John’s students and faculty can buy tickets for $5 on match days with proof of a current SJU ID. Most of the games will take place on a Saturday or Sunday.
While MLS NEXT Pro might be a developmental league, it's important to show up–and show your support–for future Senior Team players. Will you attend games? Does “Junior Pigeons” work as a nickname? Is NYCFC II vs Rochester Rhinos a worthy rivalry? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
NYCFC II 2022 Schedule
NYCFC II vs New England Revolution II, Sunday, March 27, 5 pm ET
NYCFC II at Orlando II, Sunday, April 3, 6 pm ET
NYCFC II at TFC II, Sunday, April 10, 1 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Miami II, Saturday, April 16, 1 pm ET
NYCFC II at Rochester Rhinos, Saturday, April 23, 7 pm ET
NYCFC II at Philadelphia Union II, Saturday, April 30, 4 pm ET
NYCFC II vs TFC II, Sunday, May 8, 4 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Crew 2, Sunday, May 15, 4 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Chicago Fire FC II, Saturday, May 21, 6 pm ET
NYCFC II at Inter Miami II, Sunday, May 297 pm ET
NYCFC II at Orlando City B, Saturday, June 4, 7 pm ET
NYCFC II vs TFC II, Saturday, June 18, 1 pm ET
NYCFC II at Philadelphia Union II, Monday, June 27, 7 pm ET
NYCFC II vs FC Cincinnati 2, Saturday, July 2, 7 pm ET
NYCFC II at New England Revolution II, Sunday, July 10, 6 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Rochester Rhinos, Saturday, July 16, 7 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Inter Miami 2, Sunday, July 24, 6 pm ET
NYCFC II at Crew 2, Sunday, August 7, 5 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Orlando City B, Friday, August 12, 8 pm ET
NYCFC II at Chicago Fire FC II, Saturday, August 20, 8 pm ET
NYCFC II vs Philadelphia Union II, Wednesday, August 24, 6 pm ET
NYCFC II at FC Cincinnati 2, Sunday, September 4, 4 pm ET
NYCFC II vs New England Revolution II, Saturday, September 10, 8 pm ET
NYCFC II at Rochester Rhinos, Sunday, September 18, 3 pm ET