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The new team is intended to spark a rivalry with the New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, N.J.

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"The Red Bulls now will have a rival here in the market providing them with that derby-like competition that is such a driver of what makes football so successful around the world," said Garber, calling the addition of a second New York team a "big transformational event."

There is a chance NYC FC can serve as a farm team for Manchester City, which in 2012 won its first Premier League title since 1968. Young players unable to break into the Man City squad could be loaned to the MLS team.

"I think naturally it will happen, that some Manchester players will end up playing in New York," Soriano said. "But the objective and the focus will be to try to find the right players for the New York team. The New York team is a team on its own."

The Yankees have long been exploring soccer deals. A partnership with Manchester United was announced in 2001, but that turned into a now-expired licensing and broadcasting agreement in which the clubs sold each other’s licensed goods and exchanged television programming. The Yankees’ YES Network has broadcast Arsenal games on a delayed basis since October 2010.


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Legends Hospitality, co-owned by the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Checketts Partners Investment Fund, takes over hospitality and catering at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium next season under a partnership with Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts that was announced in January. Legends already has started work on premium seats sales.

With the decision completed on team No. 20, MLS can turn attention to No. 21.

Former Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham, retiring as a player this weekend, has an option to buy an MLS expansion team at below cost. Miami appears to be a possible market.

"It’s just premature," Garber said. "Clearly we’ve got to finalize a long-term expansion plan for the league."



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