New York, NY (Sports Network) - Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber
announced Tuesday that Manchester City and the New York Yankees have combined
efforts to acquire the League's 20th expansion club.
The new team will be named New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and expects to
begin play in 2015.
"We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports
organizations to Major League Soccer," Garber said in a statement. "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."
Manchester City will be the majority owner of NYCFC while the Yankees will
serve as an active member of the ownership group. Both entities have an
existing commercial relationship through Legends Hospitality, LLC, an
international entertainment, hospitality and marketing organization.
"We are pleased to be associated with this major move by MLS to increase its
presence in the New York market and to enhance the opportunity for New York
soccer fans to enjoy high-level play in their own city," said Hal
Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees. "We look
forward to the opportunity to work with Manchester City to create something
very special for the soccer fans of New York - and to bringing another
terrific team to this city for all sports fans to enjoy. Randy Levine,
president of the New York Yankees, will be the point person in leading the
effort to launch and establish the team on behalf of the organization."
The announcement comes in the build-up to a friendly match featuring
Manchester City and Chelsea, which is to be played at Yankee Stadium on May
"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."
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