Martin Z. Braun reports that MLS is in "exploratory" discussions with New York City officials to find a home for a new team in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in
Queens. Also, MLS has looked at 20 sites in New York’s five boroughs, including Pier 40 on Manhattan’s West Side and Randall’s Island. Dan Courtemanche, executive
vice president of communications says everal ownership groups are interested in bidding on a franchise
League officials have been trying for three years to bring a team to New York to create a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls, who are based in New Jersey.
“Our focus is securing a second team for the New York market,” Courtemanche said in a telephone interview. “We’re thrilled about the prospect of being in Queens and bringing the world’s sport to the world’s park, Flushing Meadows.”
The New York Post reported that MLS was nearing a deal with city and state officials for a $300 million, 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows, citing unidentified officials.