In 2004, the Village Voice named the Metropolitan Oval the “best full soccer field in the middle of a residential neighborhood.” The soccer complex, which is also known as the Met Oval, covers 4.2 acres and has views of the Manhattan skyline.
The Met Oval is a U.S. Soccer Development Academy that is led by an all-volunteer board of directors. The Oval was originally built in 1925 by German immigrants who were hungry for a European-style soccer field with facilities. Throughout the years, many U.S. national team players from the Northeast played games at the Oval while in their youth.
In the 1990s, the Oval found itself in a state of disarray and owed thousands of dollars in back taxes. In response, longtime Queens native Jim Vogt founded the Metropolitan Oval Foundation, which raised enough money to save the field from foreclosure. In addition, Nike and the U.S. Soccer Foundation each contributed $250,000 toward a new field and lights for the complex.