MLS have announced that their 20th license will go to brand new franchise New York City FC.
A second New York club is now a reality with the league confirming that NYCFC, to be owned by Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour, will begin playing in the North American top flight in 2015.
Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees have also confirmed their involvement with a reported 20-25% minority share in the $100million expansion fee paid.
“We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer,” Garber said in a statement released by the league. “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.”
Man City CEO Ferran Soriano added: “New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fan-base. 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.”