Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Is NYC FC the second New York MLS club?

The simple answer to that question is no, at least not anytime 'soon'. However, the idea is still an interesting one.

An unknown group is trying to start a New York based soccer club from the ground up. They hope to bring together a good team in the USL, get noticed by play in the US Open Cup, land a stadium and MLS franchise deal and win the CONCACAF club tournament to advance to the World Club Cup.

They even have a timeline for these goals:

2006/7 build the club, trial players, locate our home
2007/8 enters the USL
2008/9 Win the US Open Cup
2009/10 Finish at the top of the USL First Division table
2010/11 Enter MLS in a Soccer specific stadium play DC United, LA Galaxy, NY Red Bull (if they're still called that) as well as the top Mexican teams in the MLS/FMF Interliga, and hopefully Santos and Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores.
2011-2012 Play clubs on the level of Barcelona and Arsenal in the FIFA sixteen team Club World Cup to be played in the USA.


Should be a simple undertaking. Go from nothing to world champions in the span of 5 years, why not?

Anyway, I don't know who these people are or if they have any background to even begin making any of this possible, but they are looking for soccer folks in the New York area. If you are interested in finding out more, you can contact them at info@newyorkcityfc.com.

I would love to see a team come up this way, but seems a little far-fetched to think that they can do everything listed above in such a short time frame. That is unless they have some serious money behind them.

MLS has recently mentioned the possibility of a second New York team, so the idea is not out of nowhere. However, if these folks did have some deep pockets, they probably wouldn't be looking for so much volunteer help and might have a bit flashier of a web site.

Anyway, I wish them nothing but the best of luck.

By the way, they talk about maybe purchasing the Cosmos name in the 'NYC Soccer' section.

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Anonymous Franco said...

I made some researches. Behind the project there is a British media/business company clled AJX, already involved in soccer issues in the past. The project seems to be interestng, but I agree with your points.
Anyway, their email address does not work!

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