There seems to be no end to the moneymaking possibilities of sport, and now
the owners of Manchester City have decided England isn’t big enough for them, so they’re going into America’s MLS.
City are teaming up with the New York Yankees baseball club to found the New York City FC, which is intended to become Major League Soccer’s 20th team in 2015.
“Today is another big day in the history of Major League Soccer, for the 18 years of MLS’s history. We’ve always had a plan for a second team in New York, a belief that a rival for the New York Red Bulls would allow Major League Soccer to break through the enormous clutter of almost a dozen pro sports teams in this market,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
The new team’s future stadium is pencilled in for construction in Queens, not far from the venue of the US Tennis Open, Flushing Meadow, and is likely to be bankrolled by city’s Qatari owner Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who will also be the major shareholder.