From mlssoccer.com:

After three years of discussions and negotiations, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Tuesday that English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City FC and Major League Baseball’s legendary New York Yankees have teamed up to acquire MLS’s 20th expansion club.

The new team will be named New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and is expected to begin play in 2015.

The Yankees, according to the New York Times, will own about a quarter of the team. This is very much being painted as a Manchester City project, rather than a separate investor by the UAE ownership group that owns City.

The team already have a Twitter account up and running. So some questions immediately jump to mind:

What does this mean for the New York Red Bulls? Do they view this as an infringement on their NY market share, something they’ve been struggling with located as they are in New Jersey? Will they consider rebranding?

What does this mean for NASL’s NY Cosmos? Are they still holding out for a move to the big leagues? Can New York sustain three MLS teams? If not, what is the fate of Cosmos redux?

What will Man City’s strategy be in running the club? If it’s to be a mere farm team for the Premier League side, is this really the coup that Don Garber thinks it is? And how will a club with such limitless financial resources reconcile themselves with MLS’ designated player system?

Is this a good thing or bad thing for the future aspirations of Major League Soccer to be the best league in the world by 2022?

Comments (18)

  1. ah, fun and games with optics. now they aren’t giving land to a dastardly fellow who commits human rights atrocities in his home country but to the piss blue second team from Manchester. will NYCFC also be wearing piss blue?

    • if your piss is sky blue muck, get thee to a Dr pronto…

      • nope, their shirts look like real blue mixed with urine. hence piss blue. no sky should ever be that pale and be celebrated as a kit colour. if a sky is that colour, and that’s as blue as it gets,…..need to move.

        • If we have to go by sky colour for Manchester, having spent some time there, I’d say those old Utd grey Sharp Viewcam ones are right the majority of the time.

  2. I think this will be the first step in the dismantling of the single-entity, salary cap system. They’ll play by the rules for a time, but I think it’s inevitable; MCFC’s owners don’t know how to operate in a system like this.

  3. The MLS will never be the greatest league in the world all the time it has its salary caps and whatnot in place. You’ll always be limited in who you can bring in.

  4. The last line of the article gave me a good chuckle.

  5. My question is, why are there so many people in North America who refuse to support domestic football? Do they know what it is like to see football live in person?

  6. It’s not all about seeing soccer live. At the professional level Americans are accustomed to their leagues having the best content in the world (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL). It’s more difficult for them to reconcile paying to watch a professional league when they know from watching global television that its a third tier product at best.

    For Brits and many Europeans, a significant aspect of “seeing soccer live” is the community, the stadium culture, the tradition, and supporting the local team, even if they play in the third division. Americans don’t get this fix through soccer, even those who like soccer; Americans get this fix through college football and basketball – sometimes even *high-school* football. This is where Americans go to support the local team in the community, because every tiny region has a college team of somekind even if they play NCAA div. three.

    So the team from Chicago is not a “local” team if you live in southern Illinois, and it’s not a world class product, you can get that on telivision, and if you don’t have a long tradition of being a soccer fan, where’s the draw?

    • “where’s the draw?”

      Experiencing something live in person.

      I’d rather watch an MLS reserve match in person than watch the champions league final on tv. Tv doesn’t come close to watching a match live.

      • Thanks for totally not getting the point.

      • Sorry for taking your question seriously and attempting to explain an American cultural view of soccer. You clearly just wanted to ask a flippant rhetorical question as a sideswipe about Americans, as if they “just don’t get it”.

      • I wouldn’t!!! I saw some Canada World Cup qualifiers thanks to winning a Score contest. It was fun to be there, but the quality of soccer was non-existent.

        • I completly agree Ive seen multiple games in MLS with TFC and watched our good ol canadian boys in world cup qualifiers and the quality is nothingcompared to watching european. I also watched Portugal play Poland in a euro cup qualifier in 2007 and it was the single most exciting atmosphere. In North America its just ok, but not even close.

          I would rather watch quality on TV like the champions league over MLS live especially this crappy as TFC team

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