06 April 2011

Donnies mood today: "within year"

Don Garber was in Montreal today taking a look at the progress of next years expansion team. When the question of expansion came up, Garber seemed now like NY WILL be 20.

"Garber said they hope to add a 20th club in the New York City area by 2013 or 2014, but so far have no specific expansion plans beyond that.

MLS wants a second team in North America's largest urban centre to go with the New York Red Bulls. There is talk a reviving the New York Cosmos, a prominent club from the original NASL in the 1970s and 1980s.
"Our focus is on it being in the New York metropolitan area," he said. "We have a lot of work to do to achieve that.
"Unlike the success we had here with working with the municipality on expansion of Saputo Stadium, we're at ground zero as it relates to that soccer stadium for a team in New York. But we're working on it. Hopefully within the next year we'll be able to get something finalized.""
This really is not news, but being anything CAN happen, it is still good to see the league focused on NYC for being that next expansion team.

The curious part of this story is that Garber saying they are at square zero on a stadium plan but the Cosmos saying they are working with architects and construction crews. Of course there is probably a lot going on behind the scenes that can not be public, but would be nice to see the gap closed on these two stories.