For months, there was report after report speculating that New York City would finally get their own Major League Soccer team. Well, it was made official today that the 20th MLS team and newest expansion team would land in NYC, and be called New York City Football Club.
As long as they can find a stadium to play in, NYCFC will start playing in the MLS in 2015.
The team will be owned by Manchester City’s ownership, while the New York Yankees will have about a 25 percent stake in the team as well. This new team will allow for greater MLS exposure and giving another desired destination for designated players. Ferran Soriano, MCFC’s chief executive. talked about New York City and having another sports team in town.
“New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fan base … We are thrilled to contribute to the energy and growth of New York City soccer. In the Yankees, we have found the absolute best partner for developing a world-class sports organization and a winning team that will carry the New York City Football Club name with pride.”
All along, we knew Don Garber wanted NYC as the 20th MLS franchise, but is it the best situation?
If you are looking solely at money and exposure, then yes it was. However, it seems that NYCFC will now be for Yankees and City fans, while the New York Red Bulls, who really play in northern New Jersey, will be for New York Mets and Manchester United fans. There are better options like Orlando City that already have land secured and a popular fan base.
Whether you agree with MLS’ decision or not, the 20th MLS franchise is in NYC and not in Orlando or elsewhere. Stay tuned as NYCFC makes more announcements regarding logo, coaching staff, and other news.