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Borough president wants NYCFC in the Bronx

06/15/2013 8:43 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Ruben Diaz Jr., pictured with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, wants New York's new soccer club in the Bronx.(AP)

The Bronx is pining to become the home of the newly-minted New York City Football Club.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is proposing the team's new stadium would be embraced in the Bronx.

"It's the most-loved and most-watched sport in the world," Diaz told the New York Daily News. "I'm saying let's take a look at the Bronx."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed a $340 million plan for a new stadium at Flushing Meadows in Queens, but the initial proposal has been met with some resistance from the public and elected officials.

Despite the early setback, Queens assemblyman Francisco Moya is confident a stadium deal can get done and cited the passion for soccer in his borough.

"Queens is home to the biggest soccer loving community in the city," Moya said.

Major League Soccer will leave the decision to the team but noted the emerging competition amongst the boroughs for the stadium rights as a sign that there is high demand for soccer in New York.

"Borough President Diaz' enthusiasm around building a stadium in the Bronx is further evidence of the significance of New York City FC and MLS to the City," said spokeswoman Risa Heller.

 

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