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NYCFC Fan Gets Club Tattoo Before 1st Game, Defects from New York Red Bulls

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterMarch 25, 2014

In this photo taken on March 20, 2014, and provided by New York City Football Club, sales people arrange team merchandise as they begin sales after the new MLS franchise New York City Football Club unveiled their new team badge  in New York. Over 100,000 fans voted over the internet to select the badge. The NYCFC will begin play in March of 2015. (AP Photo/New York City Football Club, Ray Stubblebine)
Ray Stubblebine/Associated Press

New York City Football Club may have only just decided upon their club crest and still have at least around a year until they play their first game in the MLS, but that hasn't stopped a New York Red Bulls fan from defecting to the club and getting a tattoo.

The club's supporters group posted a picture of the stamp on their Twitter feed:

Got ink? Look what one of our supporters got -- pic.twitter.com/FDcZT2T2qD

— NYCFC Supporters (@NYCFC_SC) March 23, 2014

Interestingly, though, Empire of Soccer carries quotes from the fan, explaining why he got the ink:

Being part of something from Day 1 was also a big pull for me. The Man City angle doesn't bother me. I even support another EPL team. MLS learned its lesson with Chivas and I think that’s evidenced by how distinct the NYCFC badge is from Man City’s.

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Once the badge came out, I was struck by the interlocking NYC. It felt timeless to me—bigger than just a soccer team. In my opinion, it will become as synonymous with NY soccer as the interlocking NY of the Yankees is to baseball in the city and the US.

Getting it inked is not just an homage to the club, but to my city.

The club is set to become the MLS's 20th franchise next year. Orlando City is also set to join the MLS in 2015, while David Beckham's Miami franchise eyes a 2017 start.

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