Yankees, Manchester City announce NYC MLS team

05/22/2013 10:49 AM ET
By Staff
New York City Football Club is up and running, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a host of dignitaries from Major League Soccer, the New York Yankees, and Manchester City Football Club were on hand at P.S. 72 (Lexington Academy) in East Harlem on Wednesday morning as MLS Commissioner Don Garber officially announced the creation of MLS' 20th team.

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, team president Randy Levine, and Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano joined Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Garber among those who spoke at the press conference, with Soriano introducing former Man City and U.S. National Team captain Claudio Reyna as the club's Director of Football.

NYC FC, which is co-owned by the Manchester City Football Club and the Yankees, is scheduled to begin play in 2015 at a temporary location to be determined. They hope to have a permanent home built for the 2016 season, with Mayor Bloomberg saying that he believes the "ideal location" for that venue is in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, a locale Commissioner Garber added was a "preferred site." comments