Yankees and Manchester City Bringing 2nd MLS Team to NY

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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.


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Comments [7]


Kevin - that was done long ago - where have you been?

May. 22 2013 12:38 PM

hey yankees,how about restoring the kids ballparks you built over,as you promised?!

May. 22 2013 12:35 PM

David - you should hyphenate those names with -"American".... because most certainly the #1 sport in Italy is soccer... In Israel its very popular (though so is basketball)....and in Ireland its most certainly right at the top (Gaelic football is very popular). In Ireland if you ask them who Robbie Keane is - they know... they probably don't know who Tim Tebow is though.
In Italy - the most famous American athlete is most likely Guiseppe Rossi.... and that's because he left New Jersey to play soccer in Europe and took out Italian citizenship to play for the national team.

May. 22 2013 11:08 AM

That is an incorrect rendering... that's the proposed Cosmos stadium in Belmont.

May. 22 2013 10:55 AM
SJ from Brooklyn

Glad it's coming - I just want to see live soccer and not have to cross two rivers to do that BUT the name is terrible and begs for a nick-name!

May. 22 2013 09:46 AM

David's comment is silly on very many levels. Lol! Personally, I love the idea of a 2nd NYC soccer team and was really looking forward to this day. But I'm sad it's going to be owned by the Yankees and Man City. I can already see this team having way too much money and taking all the fun out of the MLS, which currently rules. Rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Walmart and I fear for this team it'll be the same.

May. 22 2013 09:41 AM
David from Fairfield CT

Most of the opponents of building this stadium are members of the traditional Jewish, Irish and Italian cabal of NYC who can't see pass baseball and American "football." This is the same crowd that clings to the term "Baseball World Series" even though no one in the world participates (except for Canada every 20 years or so). What this group of people don't seem to understand is that the face of the city is rapidly changing, and the new faces are not wedded to baseball and American football. These people are from all over the world and they have a world view. "Soccer is the world's number one sport!" Does anyone believe this group would oppose building another baseball or football stadium in Queens?

May. 22 2013 08:05 AM

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