12 September 2011

Abbott: New York still focus

There was an interesting story on AOL Sporting News today about MLS expansion and while the focus of the story was if Major League Soccer should expand beyond 20 teams, there was talk about the Cosmos and New York City. MLS President Mark Abbott had this to say:

“Our focus right now is the 20th team in New York and we have not yet set a timeline for expansion beyond that, or even (determined) if we’re going to expand beyond that,” 

We have heard this time and time again, but with the challenges of putting a team in New York City, every time a member of the league comes out and states this, fans should breath a little easier. Remember, the harder the challenges, the higher the risk of it falling apart.

The story also includes a comment from Terry Byrne, which was made back in June. 

“On a level of 1 to 10, we’re at a 4 — 10 being in the MLS, a stadium, up and running with an all-singing, all-dancing team. I think we’re just about to hit 4,” Byrne said, adding that he 
expects to significant progress over the next couple of months.

 So if in June we were at Step 4, where do you think we are now?

It should be noted that the story states that the Cosmos have the financial backing to build a stadium. This is important as there are a lot of naysayers out there who question the financial stability of the group.

Fans are losing patience as they want news on the MLS push. Lets just hope that amid this recent silence, legs were in motion and a few more steps climbed.