Tracie Hunte, Assistant Producer, WNYC News
Tracie Hunte is an Assistant Producer in the WNYC Newsroom.
Two of the world's biggest sports brands are teaming up to bring a new Major League Soccer team to New York.
The New York Yankees and the Manchester City Football Club will both own the team, which will be called the New York City Football Club. It expects to begin competing in 2015.
Barry O'Driscoll was born in Manchester and helped found Manchester Football Club Fans and Supporters in New York City after moving here in 1996. He says Manchester City, which will own a majority stake in the team, is capitalizing on the sport's growing popularity in the US.
"The owners of Man City are pretty smart people. They know how to build brands. They know how to build successful businesses and I think they see the potential in the United States," O'Driscoll said.
Where the team will play is still up in the air. It might have its first kickoff at Yankee Stadium. MLS has been negotiating with the city to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. But community groups have opposed using city parkland for a stadium.