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MLS hopes to announce NYC stadium within 6 weeks

Published April 25, 2013 10:12 am

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New York • Major League Soccer hopes to announce plans in four to six weeks for a stadium in Queens for a 20th team.

The league and New York City have been involved in negotiations to build a stadium on a 10-acre site in the Flushing Meadows park. A team there would start play in 2016 and be rivals of the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday that "If we get this done, it will be in Flushing Meadow Park. There is no Plan B."

He also said the revived New York Cosmos, who start play in the second-tier North American Soccer League on Aug. 3, is not discussing bidding to become the league's 20th team. MLS is asking for a $100 million expansion fee.

Says Garber: "Pele is not playing for them anymore. Neither is Frank Beckenbauer."

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