- 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.