A lot of the talk yesterday during MLS commissioner Don Garber’s State of the League address to the media centered around one big topic – okay two topics if you include David Beckham – and that was the expansion team coming to New York City in the future.
Garber stated that the league is firmly committed to placing a team in the city and it was a goal for the league to have two Big Apple teams from the start back in the mid-90s. The same was the goal in LA with having two teams out there, which the league did accomplish when Chivas USA join the league in 2005.
Garber stated that a team in New York at the Queens site that they have selected may not be ready until 2015 or 2016. But more on that later on.
One report came out that Garber didn’t get to comment on surrounding the ownership of this new club. The owners of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly among the groups expressing interest in buying into MLS, with the New York City expansion team their main target, according to a report in the Telegraph.
Both European clubs are backed by groups based in the Middle East and each have shown the willingness to spend big bucks on their respective clubs.
I’ve long wondered how long it would take for a Middle Eastern owner to buy into MLS and take over a team. Getting one in New York would be a pretty big deal for MLS if it all went through since they would likely be willing to pay for a lot of stadium costs up front as well.
Time will tell how much weight these reports have and whether or not either side is really that interested in MLS at the moment or not.