Manchester City’s Rumoured MLS Franchise in New York: Pros and Cons

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber has hinted that the league’s 20th franchise will likely be based in New York City (via, and reports from suggest that the team could well be connected with the same ownership that runs Manchester City.

As always, fans and media share differing opinions regarding whether this would be an overall positive move for MLS.

The pros are clear: a soccer stadium in New York City, America’s largest market, would immediately attract engaged soccer fans that are intimidated by the prospect of traveling to New Jersey to see a match.  Queens, the predicted location for the stadium, is one of the most diverse places on the planet.  Different ethnicities obsessed with soccer litter the borough, so finding consumers would not be an issue.

There is also the bonus of adding another rivalry to Major League Soccer, a trend the league has made clear it believes is important to growing the g...

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