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NYRB support New York expansion franchise

New York Red Bull say they are not opposed to news that a second team from the city will soon be competing in MLS.

New York City FC, formed by a partnership between Manchester City and MLB's New York Yankees, have been granted the 20th MLS license allowing them to join North America's top flight.

Red Bulls general manager Jerome de Bontin backed the move, admitting that it was a good sign that soccer in the USA and Canada was continuing to grow at such a rapid rate.

"We are supportive of MLS expansion, as it illustrates the growing interest of soccer in North America. We also want to congratulate MLS and the League's new ownership group, which is injecting additional resources to help develop our sport across the country," read a statement from de Bontin.

"Today's announcement is one of many steps in the exciting and challenging process of building a competitive MLS club.

"Our club's energy is focused on winning a championship for the League's most loyal and passionate fans, many of whom have steadfastly backed this organization and MLS since its inception and come from all over the tri-state area. We are committed to continue to build an organization that is the flagship club for Major League Soccer around the world and a club that soccer fans across the region can be proud to support."

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