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May 24, 2013
Report: Man City's Richards would love to play for NYC FC

England international defender Micah Richards would love to have an opportunity to play for New York City FC someday.

NYC FC, which was unveiled as Major League Soccer's 20th team, won't start until the 2015 season, but that did not deter the enthusiasm of the 24-year-old Richards. Man City will own the expansion team along with the New York Yankees, who will be minority owners.

"To announce a team that's over here called New York City is just unbelievable and hopefully four, five, six years ... I can come and get a run out over here as well, because I love New York," Richards told on Thursday night.

NYC FC wants to bring in players from Man City, but they have to be the right players.

"We want to make sure if we do bring a player over here to play and can perform," NYC FC director of football Claudio Reyna said at a New York press event on Wednesday. "It will be a certain level of player that needs to play here because the league is competitive. It is a physical league, but there's going to be clear opportunities and syngereis where we could work together and bring players abroad over from Manchester as well as tap into the vast, global scouting network that Manchester City has."

Richards struck for the winning goal in stoppage time to climax City's 4-3 comeback win over Chelsea in a friendly at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The two teams will tussle at Yankee Stadium at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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