New York City FC is the 20th franchise in Major League Soccer and will take on a league that will definitvely welcome the exposure, the marketing money and soccer stars. The announcement is no surprise as rumors have been flying all over the interwebs for a few months.
The interesting and surprising part of the announcment is the co-ownership of the new MLS club. The New York Yankees will be part of the ownership group as minority owner but in a very active role. Manchester City will be the majority owner of New York City FC. Interesting to see that another professional club is running another one from across the pond.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in the press release
We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer," . "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.
Transfer Market Bottle Neck?
The LA Galaxy - New York Red Bulls dominance will be definitively be shaken, stirred and toppled as another big fish comes in the pond , if not the biggest fish of them all. The Montreal Impact was never in direct competition with the Big Two of MLS but were able to get Alessandro Nesta away from the Red Bulls.
Montreal will not be bidding for the services of Carlos Tevez and David Silva anytime soon but what happens if another Marco Di Vaio is looking for a MLS destination. The opportunity of getting more money while living at the Big Apple is definitvely an attraction that cannot be ignored.
A bit like the Paris Saint-Germain, wouldn't players find it more interesting to be on the bench of a bigger club with a bigger paycheck? (even if @NYCFC just got here)
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