January 16, 2014
NYC FC STADIUM SITUATION
Garber: Club to announce temporary home probably 'shortly'
BBy Michael Lewis
|Don Garber: "There's not a delay. I think shortly they probably will announce a place. They're just finalizing all their details. They've got some time. They've got to get a great spot."
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PHILADELPHIA -- Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said Thursday that NYC FC probably will announce a temporary home "shortly."
During a break between the first and second rounds of the MLS SuperDraft at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Garber said the expansion, which will begin play in 2015, there was no delay in the team making a decision on a temporary home.
"There's not a delay," he said. "I think shortly they probably will announce a place. They're just finalizing all their details. They've got some time. They've got to get a great spot."
Yankee Stadium would be a logical fit for a temporary home, considered the Yankees own 20 percent of the club. The stadium has hosts two international matches in the past two seasons.
But Garber sounded rather non-committal about that.
"I don't know," he said. "That's a decision that they'll have to make. It's premature for me to talk about it."
NYC FC had targeted a place just south of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx as a possible home to a $400 million, 28,000-seat soccer specific stadium, but club CEO Ferran Soriano said there were several possibilities within the five boroughs.
Garber added that he has been impressed with Soriano, "who we're all very excited about, is a very bright and experienced guy. As said, they're looking, not just a place to play. They're looking for a home, and that home starts with they're going to play temporarily and they've got to find a permanent home. They've got work to do there."