New York City FC is team #20

It's not Orlando City or even the New York Cosmos. As has been speculated for several weeks, the 20th Major League Soccer franchise will be the Manchester City backed expansion club to be named New York City FC. The big surprise in the announcement is the involvement of the New York Yankees as a part owner with Manchester City. Don Garber and MLS big wigs have been attempting to shoehorn a second New York area franchise into the league for some time now and they've finally got their wish.

Having the New York Yankees on board as a 25% owner puts another spin on the proceedings that should elevate the level of attention afforded to MLS in the nation's biggest market. The $100 million dollar expansion fee is a boost to the existing 19 clubs but the biggest plus may be the added anticipation of an expansion team in New York conveniently slated to begin play the season after the current TV deals expire at the end of the 2014 season. This could mean greater bargaining power in efforts to secure a more lucrative tv deal going forward despite less than impressive ratings. Garber and MLS got everything they wanted with the exception of a stadium deal. NYCFC may play at Yankee Stadium while a deal for a permanent home is worked out.

On the negative side, fans will surely be subjected to merciless and nonstop NYCFC hype via MLSsoccer.com for the next several years. Expect a constant barrage of rivalry talk and manufactured excitement that would make the Seattle Sounders feel neglected.

The addition of NYCFC will likely mean some reshuffling of the conferences with Houston probably moving back to the West.

USOC

The Fire will know who they're playing in the third round of the US Open Cup later tonight. The winner of the Charlotte Eagles v Seattle Sounders U-23's match will face the Fire next week. If Charlotte wins the Fire will travel to South Carolina for a game next Wednesday. If Seattle wins the Fire will host them at Toyota Park on Tuesday night.

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  • Guillermo, are they broadcasting the Charlotte-Sounders U-23 match anywhere on the interwebs?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Not that I know of.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Too late for the Sounders U23 match, but a good place for info on the cup in general (including links to streams) is thecup.us. They had one for the Charlotte - Seattle game last night.

  • Idiotic rumor circulated at mlssoccer.com has the Fire pursuing 35 year old AC Milan defensive midfielder Massimo Ambrossini......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2013/05/21/rumor-central-massimo-ambrosini-has-contract-offers-la-galaxy-chicago-fire-s

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Sorry about that. Sort of.

  • In reply to iron81:

    I love a good rumor but at least let it make some sense before running a full article on it on the league website.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I thought it made a certain amount of sense, Ambrossini is a similar profile to Sebastian Kehl who we were linked to before. Also not the first article this week with this particular rumor: http://www.sportmediaset.mediaset.it/mercato/mercato/articoli/105341/milan-ambrosini-c-e-offerta-del-west-ham-e-lui-ci-sta-pensando.shtml

  • In reply to iron81:

    There was nothing to the Sebastian Kehl rumor either. Never was.

    It would make no sense to me to bring in a 36 year old defensive midfielder when that position is actually one of the few spots with depth on the roster.
    The Galaxy don't need Ambrossini either. Maybe it's a sign of the league's growth that these sorts of rumors get floated overseas.

  • Charlotte defeated the Sounders U-23's by a score of 3-0.

    The Fire will travel to South Carolina next Wednesday to face the Eagles at 6 pm.

    The game will be streamed live at Chicago-fire.com.

  • Per the Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz, Segares turns down Costa Rica call, Atouba had a small knock, Friedrich still out, and Pause picks up a knock in training.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130521/sports/705219666/

  • New episode of Fire Confidential Podcast is up. Lots of discussion about recent topics of conversation.

    http://FirePodFC.com

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    Guillermo, can you give us a feeling about next week's game in Charlotte?

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    That's got to be a win, right?

  • Mid week injury report:

    OUT:
    Arne Friedrich – Hip Tightness
    Steven Kinney – Rt Quad Strain
    Wells Thompson – Rt Ankle Sprain

    QUESTIONABLE:
    Maicon Santos – Rt Shoulder Sprain
    Victor Pineda – Rt Ankle Sprain
    Hunter Jumper – Rt Groin Strain
    Daniel Paladini – Lt Calf Inflammation
    Yazid Atouba – Rt Ankle Sprain

  • USOC 4th round pairings announced. If the Fire defeats Charlotte next week they will host the winner of the Dayton Dutch Lions v Columbus Crew game at Toyota Park on Wednesday, June 12.

  • Given the less than stellar reputation of Fire management's personnel decisions, it's surprising that there aren't more of these rumors. Seems like a perfect fit to me -- overaged and over-priced!!!!

  • You forgot the most important quality the Fire look for besides old and overpriced...

    He has to be unwanted by a current MLS team looking to dump him so that the other team can sign a new good DP

  • Eric Lichaq is out of contract. Any chance the Fire try to bring him back to Chicago?

  • In reply to Muskie:

    Interesting name but I would imagine he'll have some options for more than the Fire can pay for a defender overseas.

  • Who would you rather have as owner: Hapless Hauptmann, or the Yankees and MCFC?

    NYCFC will have more money to play with, but this seems to be a partnership made in hell if you consider the past history of baseball ownership (eg ASL circa 1920s and late-60s leagues like the NPSL) and foreign ownership (Chivas USA, RBNY). Hiring Reyna was a good step, but chances are the egos involved will create a firestorm of poor governance.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Remains to be seen, but I'd lay my money on the combo of winning-est team in baseball history by a wide margin and a team that is now top 2 in the EPL.

  • In reply to Drew:

    The Borough Boys are opposed to NYCFC for a reason - it's a build from the top approach, using MCFC as a template. Without saying it will be a repeat of the Crystal Palace Baltimore effort, which failed miserably (I was here to witness the last year), in large part because there's more money involved, but if the foreign owners lose interest, or don't care about the market (hmmm... RBNY? Chivas USA?), it won't be pretty.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Kinda nuts that someone would lose interest with $100 million invested on day one, no?

  • Guys any ownership would be better than old Artie. Guillermo in response to your note about keeping klopas I would like to emphatically say you are wrong. The fire is one of the worst teams in the entire league. Klopas is responsible for all or part of terrible leadership. I know that some coaches are able to move from player to the sideline and do a good job but klopas is not one of them. Leon and klopas should be fired and hopefully the team can regroup and get better. I for one would like to see a good team in Chicago. I envy towns like Portland and even Philly I just wish that Chicago could be something like them someday soon.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Fair enough John, but if you think Klopas is responsible for "all" of terrible leadership you're wrong. The guy still also managed to win 17 games last year. The point I wanted to get across was that bringing in another coach at this point would be of little consequence seeing where the club is at the moment.

    Philly is also a mess. They've gone young but they're also budget strapped and the fans there think John Hackworth is in over his head. What kind of beating would the Fire be taking right now for wasted huge contracts like the ones given to Adu and Soumare?

  • Fire working on finalizing a trade for Bakary Soumare....stay tuned.

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