Few MLS executives are as revered as Tim Leiweke, but his latest declaration certainly has people scratching their heads in disbelief.
Speaking to an audience at Ryerson University in Toronto this week, Leiweke dropped an inadvertent bombshell, revealing an unbelievable achievement by Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise, New York City FC — if true.
“I think Frank Lampard will do [what Beckham did for LA] for the new team in New York that starts play next year and that has sold 24,000 season tickets because of [David Villa] and Lampard. “They are going to be a fun team to watch.”
For the sake of comparison, 24k season tickets would put the fledgling franchise at a close second to the MLS standard bearer, Seattle Sounders, who have just over 32k sold. To put that number into context, NYCFC would be about 1,000 season tickets short of filling Red Bull Arena with just season ticket holders.
NYCFC might be coming to Queens
New York reports talks have broken down between NYCFC and the GAL Elevator Company in the South Bronx, forcing the fledgling franchise to return their focus towards Queens.
According to their sources, GAL agreed to, then declined on an offer made by the Manchester City owned franchise for the purchase of their land and relocation of the company. After months of negotiations, NYCFC officials stepped away from the bargaining table to pursue other options
That search has taken them towards the Aqueduct; a stadium site that has long existed, but has seldom been entertained.
Both MLS and the (NY)Cosmos passed up on the site mainly due to its location and transportation issues. The A-line is the only subway reaching the site, with the Q37 line the only bus to go directly towards the premises. Its South Ozone Park location is also hardly the league’s ideal for an NYCFC stadium, either. (Um, South Ozone Park is full of Caribbean and Central/Southern Americans tho.....it's a perfect spot.)
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Yas come to Queens so I can properly stan you even if you're still a Yankees-owned team. If NYCFC games end up being anything like the Sounders game, I'm so fucking in there. Sounders fans/games looks so fucking funnnnnn.