Much like Chicago, teams were spread thin through the 70s and it caused a number of takeovers and mergers. New York was not immune, and 3 teams became one. Teams from the Bronx AC and Brooklyn AC were bought by Manhattan AC and became New York United. It’s been largely considered a black eye on American Soccer as it destroyed original teams, however Brooklyn SC and The Bronx SC have started, and both play in League 3 East. Regardless they are New York United, winners of 6 championships and 4 US Open Cups. Their home games are played at Manhattan Coliseum and their nickname is the Unos, a playoff of United. Their biggest rival is crosstown Queens and Beacon Hill in Boston.
Messi played for New York United and helped them win their 6th championship in 2016, but when he requested a transfer to Europe following their victory, the team crashed and was relegated in 2017.
The logo features the Brooklyn Bridge which connects Brooklyn to Manhattan and golden sun rays. The initials at the bottom represent the previous teams all rendered in black and gold.
The uniforms feature the same rays from the logo over black shorts and white socks. The change kit is primarily gold with the rays outlined, black shorts, and gold socks.
Goalkeepers primarily wear orange/white/blue to mimic the New York City flag.