"It's another great day for New York," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Just one thing after another in the last decade.
"It really has changed New York City, and it's given us the venues for lots of different events. And hopefully we'll get a soccer stadium. I'm sure we will, and that will give us another place to have great events."
He added: "Teams always bring great economic benefits. Sports are a big thing in a lot of peoples' lives and certainly soccer is one of the biggest things."