Manchester City and New York Yankees set up MLS team

  • The New York Yankees and English Premier League club Manchester City have established a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to play in New York City from 2015.

    The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday at a public school in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood where Manchester City runs a youth soccer program.

    The team will be called the New York City Football Club.

    The Big Apple has been without a professional soccer team since the demise of the Cosmos in the mid-1980s, which featured soccer legend Pele of Brazil.

    Over the last decade, the MLS has found success with teams in Los Angeles and Seattle.

    The New York City FC is now the 20th team in the MLS.

    Former US international player Claudio Reyna has been announced as the team’s director.

    Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi, who owns Manchester City, will be the majority partner in New York City Football Club with the Yankees as a minor partner.

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