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Garber eyes 2013 for second New York team

A second New York team to enter Major League Soccer should be done by 2013 according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

MLS is set to expand further in 2011 with the arrival of Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers as their 17th and 18th franchises before Montreal Impact step in for the 2012 season.

Garber confirmed that a 20th license is likely to be given to a revitalized New York Cosmos bid which has been fully supported by the city's sole team the Red Bulls.

"We're obviously very focused on our 20th team in New York,'' Garber said. "We've been meeting with the city, the Wilpon family, the owners of the Cosmos name and brand, and other investors. We are VERY focused on the entire process, and hopeful of getting something done for 2013.

"The Red Bulls are very supportive,'' Garber added. "There are 13 million people in this city, more than enough to go around, especially if one is in the city and the other is across the river in New Jersey. I'm not at all concerned about saturation.''

And Garber said that the inclusion of a second NY club will bring about a healthy and much-needed rivalry in the league.

"We're very focused on local rivalries being a key driver in growing our clubs' relevance, and by growing local relevance, we believe that can translate into national relevance," said Garber. "Rivalries really do matter. While we've been very focused on broadening our footprint, we do believe we need to have more rivalries and that second team in New York will help us do that.''

Andrew Slevison
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