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Queens to be home of second New York team says MLS chief Garber

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has revealed that the second New York franchise will call Queens its home.

A meeting held at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Park allowed Garber, and league president Mark Abbott, to announce that the borough will play home to a brand new stadium which will be privately funded and should create plenty of employment for people from the region.

"I am a Queens guy," Garber told the 500-strong crowd in attendance.

"Like many of you, my family, my parents, my grandparents came to this country and they moved to Queens. This is where I spent the majority of my childhood … I know when my grandparents first came here they probably could never have dreamed that a kid from Queens could be sitting here today talking to all of you about fulfilling our dream, our dream of having this great game having a home right here in New York City.

"We're looking to build a 25,000-seat stadium," he added. "Sometime in the next 30 years, because we believe that this will be a popular team, we are looking for the right to expand it to 35,000 seats. We will not take any more land. We will not have to raise any roofs and we will not have to build it any higher.

"Our goal is to be one of the top soccer leagues in the entire world by 2022. This team and this stadium will help us achieve that. You can't be a dominant soccer league without having a dominant team in the largest and most important city in the world."

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