New Yorkers will not be denied anymore! After the demise of New York Cosmos in 1985, the Big Apple will finally get its very own Major League Soccer team. In joint press conference earlier today, officials from MLS, UK’s Manchester City Football Club, and the New York Yankees, announced the formation of New York City Football Club (NYCFC). A somewhat of unlikely partnership, Manchester City and its owner, Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, will have the majority stake in the new team, while its minority owner, the New York Yankees, will be able to provide considerable leverage in dealing with local politics and community outreach. In addition, the close proximity to the Meadowlands-based New York Red Bulls will create a fervent crosstown rivalry much like the one between Manchester City and Manchester United.
In a prepared statement, Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City Football Club said, “New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fan base.” He added, “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.”
To be based out of Queens and in a yet to be built soccer stadium within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Football Club will play its first game during MLS’ 2015 season.