New York Getting A USL Club

New York Getting A USL Club

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 13, 2009
  • 14 Comments
  • FC New York, USL Expansion

Nothing like a little USL expansion news on a rainy Friday here in the Big D. It turns out New York City will indeed get an expansion club…in USL first division. The club will start in 2010 according to several reports.

FC New York LLC, a New York City-based ownership group, has purchased a United Soccer Leagues First Division franchise.

According to SBI, an announcement is schedule for April.

For the 2010 season, the club will call Hofstra University home, as was the case for the Long Island Rough Riders during its heyday in the 1990s. There are also plans to play games at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island and Baker Field at Columbia University, according to sources.

After that, sources say, the organization is looking to build a soccer-specific stadium in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country. The stadium would seat 9,000, but could be expanded to house another 9,000 if the situation dictated. A possible site would be the area by John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Are you excited to see a club in the city and not in Jersey? For me I think this is a good test for MLS to see if a club in NYC actually does work like most believe it will.

  • Kevin

    Good news, but I doubt they'll draw tremendous crowds on the Island. Eventually, I think the new stadium will have to be expanded as they suggest, because NYC folks LOVE their football (both kinds)!

  • nate

    GREAT NEWS… OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

  • Kevin

    Good news, but I doubt they’ll draw tremendous crowds on the Island. Eventually, I think the new stadium will have to be expanded as they suggest, because NYC folks LOVE their football (both kinds)!

  • Tom

    this is great news just got the call….sons of Italy support FC NEW YORK…lets tie up with Milano..

  • joel es latest socce

    Tampa is getting the Rowdies in 2010.

  • nate

    GREAT NEWS… OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!

  • Tom

    this is great news just got the call….sons of Italy support FC NEW YORK…lets tie up with Milano..

  • Tampa is getting the Rowdies in 2010.

  • John

    where can I get more information??? tickets etc.. I see Hank Steinberner (go Yankees!) is part of the new Tampa Bay Rowdies . This is great news for hungry soccer fans in New York

  • TheUltra

    I like the fact that they're getting a team but the timing is awful. Redbull Arena opens in 2010 and I have a feeling that's going to steal all this new team's thunder. It would be great to see USL have another stable franchise though. After all Portland and VC appear to be on their way out at the moment.

  • John

    where can I get more information??? tickets etc.. I see Hank Steinberner (go Yankees!) is part of the new Tampa Bay Rowdies . This is great news for hungry soccer fans in New York

  • I like the fact that they’re getting a team but the timing is awful. Redbull Arena opens in 2010 and I have a feeling that’s going to steal all this new team’s thunder. It would be great to see USL have another stable franchise though. After all Portland and VC appear to be on their way out at the moment.

  • Phil who bleeds socc

    It was a long time coming, but better late than never. This is great news and anyone who wants to join the grassroots organizing of this, contact the Borough Boys (<a href="http://boroughboysnyc.com/)." target="_blank"><a href="http://boroughboysnyc.com/).</a>" target="_blank">http://boroughboysnyc.com/).</a></a> Regardless of Red Bull Arena's opening, and Portland and Van's whereabouts, this will be true people-oriented club. A club we can call our own. If there was any dream you had of having a football club playing in NYC, which song you want to sing, doing bar marches throughout the city, what flags you want to wave, here is our chance. What we do now can shape NYC sports history. Then when the MLS jump is made, or the USL merger occurs, we will see the greatest lower-tier to super club transition in North American Association Football.

  • It was a long time coming, but better late than never. This is great news and anyone who wants to join the grassroots organizing of this, contact the Borough Boys (http://boroughboysnyc.com/). Regardless of Red Bull Arena’s opening, and Portland and Van’s whereabouts, this will be true people-oriented club. A club we can call our own. If there was any dream you had of having a football club playing in NYC, which song you want to sing, doing bar marches throughout the city, what flags you want to wave, here is our chance. What we do now can shape NYC sports history. Then when the MLS jump is made, or the USL merger occurs, we will see the greatest lower-tier to super club transition in North American Association Football.