It's official. As we wrote about earlier
, Manchester City has partnered with MLS and, surprisingly, the New York Yankees to buy the 20th league
team. The club is to be called New York City FC.
The move completes Don Garber's long-time dream of adding a second team in the New York market. He reiterated how important a second New York area team was for the league's long-term plans. "This was part of our original business plan in 1996," Garber said.
Pointing to the early days of the Chivas v Galaxy rivalry, Garber said that he envisioned all of MLS, including the Red Bulls, to draw strength from NYCFC.
"We will work (with the Red Bulls) to make sure the rivalry will be very valuable and exciting to all," Garber added.