|NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna and Head Coach Domenec Torrent.|
New York City Football Club kicked off its second annual 24-Hour Game on Friday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. More than 700 New Yorkers will take part in the pop-up soccer game on the iconic Plaza over 24 consecutive hours of play.
NYCFC Head Coach Domènec Torrent, Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, and First Team players spoke to media, cheered on the amateur players, and participated in the opening ceremony before teams led by Captain Alex Ring (Team Ring) and Maxi Moralez (Team Maxi) kicked off.
Special guests included celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, former World Cup Final referee and current General Manager of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) Howard Webb, and two-time Emmy Award winning commentator Fernando Fiore, who served as referee for the early 5-on-5 matches.
The event was the start of a weekend that will culminate with NYCFC’s home opener at Yankee Stadium against D.C. United on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
IMAGES FROM ROCKEFELLER CENTER (Provided by NYCFC):
|Marcus Samuelsson gives chicken wings to a fan.|
|Samuelsson ready to bring out more wings.|
|Putting the finishing touches on his famous wings.|
|NYCFC Captain Alex Ring with Samuelsson.|
|Samuelsson ready to make a play.|
|Fernando Fiore ready to make a call.|
|Fiore with the participants.|
|Maxi Moralez with his team.|