NYC FC expansion team could build stadium nearby Yankee Stadium
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A soccer-specific stadium close to Yankee Stadium is only one of "several sites" NYC FC is mulling over.
NYC FC CEO Ferran Soriano said Friday that the Major League Soccer expansion team is considering multiple venues to build a stadium. Soriano wouldn't reveal the location of the other potential city sites.
"If we could play in the Bronx, it will be perfect. But we have other ideas and other opportunities," he said after a press conference that introduced coach Jason Kreis to the media in midtown Manhattan. "We're not looking at anything outside the five boroughs."
The club last month reportedly was trying to finalize a deal for a 28,000-seat, $400 million stadium just south of Yankee Stadium at 157th St. at River Avenue. Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported it, but his successor, Bill de Blasio, has not embraced it.
NYC FC, MLS's 20th team that will start in 2015, is expected to play at Yankee Stadium until a stadium is built.
A Town Hall meeting is set for 900 Grand Concourse in the Bronx at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the proposed stadium.
"We're not looking for a place to build a building," Soriano said. "We are looking for a home. That's much more relevant and complicated. If it takes more time, it takes more time. ... We need the community to embrace it."
Regardless where the team plays, Kreis will be the coach. He said he understood the pressure of directing a team in the city. NYC FC will join the Harrison, N.J.-based Red Bulls as the area's second MLS club.
"It's not something I've shied away from, it's not something that I'm nervous about - it is what it is," said Kreis, who will live in Manchester, England for six months to immerse himself in the culture of NYC FC's owners, Manchester City. "And to be frank with you, anybody that knows me - I'm sure my parents could attest to this - knows that I put more pressure on myself than anybody could hope to."
He later added: "We know that we're expected to win and, frankly, we will win."