Yesterday, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. wrote a letter to Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber urging him to build a stadium in the Bronx.(1)
"I think that's a wonderful place for it, but it's not the only place," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, referring to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which Major League Soccer has been eyeing for a new soccer arena.
Today, following substantial public criticism of the proposal, both he and Major League Soccer indicated that they were no longer 100 percent committed to the idea of a stadium in the middle of Queens' largest park.(2)
Well within his four-to-six week timeframe he gave last month, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announced the formation today of the twentieth M.L.S. team and the second in the New York market: New York City Football Club (N.Y.C.F.C.), to be owned in part by the group who own Machester City in the English Premier League, which has been reported for weeks.
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has announced that a deal is weeks away to create the league's 20th team, with an M.L.S. spokesman confirming that when he speaks of this team, he's referring to a second team in the New York market.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon responded to Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's warning that, should the league not reach a deal soon with the city, he will look to build a soccer arena elsewhere.
One thing is clear, following Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's state of the league address Wednesday evening, held as a Google Plus video hangout and opened to questions from reporters and fans: New York is the center of the highest-stakes soccer battle in this country, perhaps ever.(2)
A few days after it was revealed that the Mets will be hosting Amway's first United States storefront at Citi Field, with a significant amount of negative press going along with it, the Mets still aren't saying much.(3)
Major League Soccer wants to build a stadium in Queens, and last week, Don Garber, the league's commissioner, said his team was "at the finish line" in his negotiations with the city.
For roughly as long as a second team in New York has been Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber's white whale, the New York Red Bulls, the area's first team, have expressed support for the idea.(3)
Reminder: New York has a soccer team.
The New York Red Bulls, formerly the New York/New Jersey Metrostars, have made the playoffs, and will begin their pursuit of an MLS Cup title on Wednesday night. That is about the only thing that has gone according to plan in what was supposed to be their coronation season in a league desperate for a credible soccer franchise in the New York market.(9)
Citi Field’s first night of soccer on Tuesday seemed to occur in an alternate universe. A soccer field replaced the baseball diamond. 39, 656 fans replaced the sight of half-empty seats, and filled the stadium with the unfamiliar sound of cheering. And a game between Ecuador and Greece ended in a tie, 1-1.