Major League Soccer officials have started talks with city and state officials in a bid to start a team in Queens, New York City.
After looking at the possibility of starting an expansion franchise in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn, MLS are now targeting the Flushing area.
The large Latin community in the region has been a drawcard for the league who are hoping to get the approvals required to build a new 25,000-seat stadium.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's aid, Lawrence Schwartz, said that with all going well, a MLS team in Queens could be off the ground by next year.
"If all the parties work together and want it to happen, it can happen in 2013," Schwartz said.