Initially, a few of the people behind the multimedia design firm Psyop made up a significant chunk of the lineup and were crucial in getting the ball rolling. These days, skateboard legend Mark Gonzales still turns up for the occasional match, while artist Ryan McGinness, a founding member, designed a CSC jersey back when the club fielded a team at the adidas Fanatic Tournament for the first time. Designer Justin Fines, another longtime member, created the original logo and recently helped launch a second season of CSC gear, including T-shirts, hoodies and scarves.
Photographer and club member Peter Sutherland has documented some of the more candid moments since the birth of the CSC. Earlier this month, Sutherland released a book of photographs of the Chinatown Soccer Club, Game (published by Nieves and the MU Foundation), in conjunction with his exhibition of the same name at MU, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, which runs through Feb. 25. There is also a book of photographs shot at the 2006 World Cup in Germany in the works, Home and Away, which will feature the work of Sutherland as well as photographer/CSC members Gerhard Stochl and Kevin Trageser.
The team also includes: Jakob Daschek, founder of the design company Syrup; Marcus Samuelsson, the executive chef and co-owner of New York restaurant Aquavit; Dan Morales, ECD at Leo Burnett/New York; and Gavin Thomas, brand manager for sport culture at Nike/N.Y.