Yankees and Man City Own New MLS Expansion Team

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Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two of the biggest teams in sports are teaming up to acquire Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion club.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced on Tuesday that the New York Yankees and Manchester City FC will be the newest owner of the New York City Football Club that is expected to begin play in 2015.

“We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer,” Garber said in a statement released by the league. “This is a transformational development that will elevate the league to new heights in this country. The New York area is home to more than 19 million people, and we look forward to an intense crosstown rivalry between New York City Football Club and the New York Red Bulls that will captivate this great city.”

Yankee Stadium will host a friendly match between Man City and Chelsea FC on Saturday.

“We are pleased to be associated with this major move by MLS to increase its presence in the New York market and to enhance the opportunity for New York soccer fans to enjoy high-level play in their own city,” said Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees.

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