Second New York Club Still On

Second New York Club Still On

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 11, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, New York Expansion

You better believe it. From the emails I’ve gotten from the Borough Boys in New York, this process to get a second team in New York is still a go. Today on Bloomberg.com, baseball’s New York Mets say they are in discussions with MLS about placing a club in a separate venue near their new baseball stadium in Queens.

“We’re not resting,” David Howard said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s “On the Ball” program, airing Sept. 13. “Before even Citi Field is completed, we’re looking to see what might be next for us. There’s a lot of opportunity and potential.”

The league would welcome another New York team, Dan Courtemanche said.

“We’ve had preliminary discussions,” he said. “A second team in New York would provide a true local rivalry for the Red Bulls and increase the overall popularity of the league in the area and nationally.”

We all know this has been called a ‘pet-project’ of MLS Commissioner Don Garber for some time. And with Fred Wilpon leading the charge, that is a good thing too. He’s got some very deep pockets and would instantly make a splash in this league.

Should those other expansion hopefuls be worried that the league is having discussions with Wilpon and his group? If I were St. Louis or Portland…or Montreal I would be.

  • American Dust

    Tough crap New York, you have your team now shut up! Seriously, if you had been more vocal with RBNY maybe they'd be building in Queens. Let's let the 1/4 of the country in the Southeast have a team, or Soccer's American birthplace, or another city.

  • Anon

    Dust – I agree, but these aren't mutually exclusive propositions. New York could get its first and only MLS club at the same time as the Southeast gets its third club (the Florida teams having failed from hideous marketing more than a lack of Football fans in that area). Remember that MLS plans to expand to add 4 clubs by 2011, which means that after Philly, Seattle, and (hopefully) NY, your town can get one too. Now, people, enough about 'the New York area' getting its 2nd team. New Jersey is New Jersey. No other major sports league in the world would think of denying a club to its largest city for the first 10+ years of existence.

  • TheUltra

    I say once portland and montreal have teams then NYC should get their second. I mean at least let Redbull arena get some dust on it before you steal the soda pop's thunder with a new team.

  • Tough crap New York, you have your team now shut up! Seriously, if you had been more vocal with RBNY maybe they’d be building in Queens. Let’s let the 1/4 of the country in the Southeast have a team, or Soccer’s American birthplace, or another city.

  • Anon

    Dust – I agree, but these aren’t mutually exclusive propositions. New York could get its first and only MLS club at the same time as the Southeast gets its third club (the Florida teams having failed from hideous marketing more than a lack of Football fans in that area). Remember that MLS plans to expand to add 4 clubs by 2011, which means that after Philly, Seattle, and (hopefully) NY, your town can get one too. Now, people, enough about ‘the New York area’ getting its 2nd team. New Jersey is New Jersey. No other major sports league in the world would think of denying a club to its largest city for the first 10+ years of existence.

  • PL

    Portland, Montreal, Atlanta and all the other great cities of North America should have clubs, definitely. But for heaven's sake, so should New York. There's no MLS club in any of the five boroughs or New York state, and it's just as hard for New Yorkers to get out to NJ as it is for the rest of the country to get into NYC. New York has the fans, they have the interest, they've proven they're not biting for anything named Energy Drink New Jersey. Anyone who wants the US to have a respectable league shouldn't be against our largest city getting a proper team. No more NY/NJ Metro nonsense. No more Disneyland names for football clubs. I don't think MLS should bend the rules to stock New York's club (when it actually gets one) with good players. Let the team suck or not, come what may. But at least give NYC a real club.

  • I say once portland and montreal have teams then NYC should get their second. I mean at least let Redbull arena get some dust on it before you steal the soda pop’s thunder with a new team.

  • PL

    Portland, Montreal, Atlanta and all the other great cities of North America should have clubs, definitely. But for heaven’s sake, so should New York. There’s no MLS club in any of the five boroughs or New York state, and it’s just as hard for New Yorkers to get out to NJ as it is for the rest of the country to get into NYC. New York has the fans, they have the interest, they’ve proven they’re not biting for anything named Energy Drink New Jersey. Anyone who wants the US to have a respectable league shouldn’t be against our largest city getting a proper team. No more NY/NJ Metro nonsense. No more Disneyland names for football clubs. I don’t think MLS should bend the rules to stock New York’s club (when it actually gets one) with good players. Let the team suck or not, come what may. But at least give NYC a real club.

  • TheUltra

    Um pl the league already does bend the rules to stock the New york and LA teams.

  • Um pl the league already does bend the rules to stock the New york and LA teams.