Starbucks? Check. Shouty caps? Check. Put on that seatbelt because it’s going to be a very bumpy ride! What’s that you say? You’ve heard it all and seen it all now! MLS’ 20th team is the love child between the New York Yankees and Manchester City that has been crowned New York City FC. That is a mouthful and some on Twitter are already calling it York City because when it comes to New York…we already have two teams (Red Bulls and the NASL’s Cosmos). Commence flailing muppet arms!
It’s no secret that MLS has been looking to expand – what’s the phrase we’ve heard for the last few years? “Grow the game” and it looks like after all the speculating that an agreement was reached between two super teams to create a team that is already creating the drama (as we’ve all come to know in this beautiful game that we love).
Here is the official word from Major League Soccer:
In order to begin play in 2015, NYCFC will arrange for an interim venue but will also seek a permanent home in New York. The club says it will continue the discussions already under way with the City of New York, local residents, community and business leaders, and soccer leagues about a possible new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP) in Queens, while also continuing to look at other potential sites.
“New York City FC will have a permanent home in the City in the great traditions of New York sports and world soccer — a home that must be a sports, commercial and civic success,” Soriano said. “But in considering any stadium site, we will listen first. This is what we have always done in Manchester and what we will do in New York. Only in this way, can the Club truly represent the City whose name it will carry.”
According to Reuters, Sheikh Mansour, who has pumped hundreds of millions of pounds into Premier League club Man City since buying it in 2008, will be the “majority partner” in NYCFC while the Yankees will be an “active member of the ownership group.” A team that is ready to battle for New York is my new personal love, The Red Bulls, and while they do not play in New York proper, they do have a specially built stadium in Harrison, NJ. While the rivalry has already begun, it is currently being said that NYCFC may have to share a stadium in the interim (oh, we know how well that worked out for Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy). Stadium woes aside – some talk has begun on where the players will come from and that it may be a feeder team from Man City of young and nearly retired players. Do you hear that? Do you? I believe Vincent Kompany was spotted in New York City today…wait, what’s that you say? Joe Hart? Stop! I know the team is in the US for a summer tour but … Don’t get a girl’s hopes up.
And if you like to be ahead of the trend, you can follow NYCFC on Twitter and visit their team site for all the latest news. Let the speculation begin for players that will be selected for the first season starting in 2015. What are your thoughts? Good/bad? Let us know in the comments!