This morning the MLS announced that New York City Football Club will begin play in 2015. NYCFC will be owned and operated by a partnership between Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees.
According to a release from the Manchester City website, the team will play at an interim location until a permanent home can be built.
New York City FC is committed to seeking a new permanent stadium in New York. Until that time, the new team is arranging to play in an interim home beginning in its inaugural MLS season in 2015. Over the past year, MLS began discussions with the City of New York and other stakeholders about the possibility of constructing a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP) in Queens. The Club’s new management will continue these discussions with local government officials, community residents and businesses, soccer leagues, and MLS. The Club will continue to review other potential sites as well.
“New York City FC will have a permanent home in the City in the great traditions of New York sports and world soccer — a home that must be a sports, commercial and civic success,” Soriano said.
No word yet on the club’s color or shield, but one would assume they would match the sky blue color scheme of Man City.
The announcement comes just four days before Manchester City is set to play a friendly at Yankee Stadium.