Have you ever played Pictionary and when the person first starts drawing, it makes no sense, then over time it gets a bit more clear what they are trying to say?
Friday was a very big day for
expansion information. There were quotes positive about the Cosmos; the Wilpon family was thrown back into the thick of things; and there was even talk of other markets still being in the hunt. We tried to keep you updated as the day progressed, but now we take a deep breath and dissect it all. New York City
Between the Grant Wahl's interview and the MLS conference call, there were many quotes in favor of what the Cosmos are doing. Garber even mentioned that feel confident the Cosmos have the financing in place to get everything done. However, citing lack of a stadium plan Garber feels the talks are "preliminary but positive"ck of a stadium plan Garber feels the talks are "preliminary but positive"
Nice to hear it publicly said that the league is talking to the Cosmos and things are positive but the biggest part of this news here is the fact that Garber feels the Cosmos have the financing. While yes, there are many factors in expansion, if you can privately fund the expansion fee and the stadium, you are in a very good spot. And it’s confirmation that the Cosmos, are not simply a dog and pony soccer fashion show.
Garber also spoke of the Wilpon family still being interested in MLS and in both the Wahl interview and the conference call. He mentioned that they have a "pretty good piece of land for a soccer stadium". While Garber clearly feels the Wilpons would be great MLS owners, he also says that he would consider linking the Wilpons up with other potential investors to get something done in
. New York
Garber from today's call:
"There is no shortage of young financial guys who have played the game that have done very well lately that have expressed an interest in investing in M.L.S., particularly in New York, so we are bullish about the opportunity, whether that is with the Cosmos alone, whether that is partnering them with others and hopefully we will do it in a way that will capture some of the excitement of the past but probably more importantly provide us with a rival for the Red Bulls."
Now, we would like to take you back to January and another Grant Wahl interview with Cosmos Vice Chairman Terry Byrne::
"SI.com: For years MLS has been speaking with the Wilpon family, which owns the New York Mets, about being involved in a second New York-area soccer team and a soccer stadium. Do you see the Wilpons as competitors or potential partners?
Byrne: I think potential partners is the answer to that one. The commissioner has made it clear that they are interested in building the stadium and would be willing to partner with us in potentially building that stadium. I don't think they're competitors. [Kemsley] has had a couple meetings with them. The vision is ideally to work with them.
SI.com: How would that work?
Byrne: I think stadium-specific is the plan. That's where the partnership is: We'll bring the team and they'll bring the stadium, effectively. That's the ideal scenario."