MLS Announces New York City Expansion Club

MLS Announces New York City Expansion Club

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 21, 2013
  • 3 Comments
  • Features, MLS Expansion, New York City FC
Official. (Photo via MLS/NYCFC)

Official. (Photo via MLS/NYCFC)

After years of speculating, the talk is now official. Tuesday morning Major League Soccer announced their 20th club, New York City FC.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Tuesday that English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City FC and Major League Baseball’s legendary New York Yankees have teamed up to acquire MLS’s 20th expansion club.

The club is expected to begin play in MLS in 2015. 

“We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer,” Garber said in a statement released by the league. “This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country. The New York area is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to an intense crosstown rivalry between New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls that will captivate this great city.”

“New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fan-base,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City. “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.”

The launch date is one year ahead of what was previously said about the club, meaning they will likely have to play at a temporary venue until the stadium in Queens is finished.

“New York City FC will have a permanent home in the City in the great traditions of New York sports and world soccer — a home that must be a sports, commercial and civic success,” Soriano said. “But in considering any stadium site, we will listen first. This is what we have always done in Manchester and what we will do in New York. Only in this way, can the Club truly represent the City whose name it will carry.”

Initial Thoughts:

It is finally happening folks. The name works for me given the ownership involved.

The light blue colors works for me as well.

I’m still in a bit of shock over the whole Yankees part of this. That may be the best kept secret in league history.

Playing in Queens is a major slap in the face for those Mets fans out there too. Yankees just own NYC.

ManCity + the Yankees = a whole lotta money for MLS. Just some serious money that can’t be understated.

The hate for this team is probably already huge given the two owners involved. But that may not be a bad thing either.

Subway Derby? Subway Clasico? Old Amsterdam Firm? Gotta come up with a clever name for their rivalry with the New York Red Bulls.