Yankee doodle dandy for City

New York Yankees' Randy Levine (left), MLS commissioner Don Garber (centre) and Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano.
New York Yankees' Randy Levine (left), MLS commissioner Don Garber (centre) and Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano.
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Manchester City and baseball giants the New York Yankees have formed an agreement to purchase an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer.

New York City Football Club will become the 20th club in MLS in 2015 after a deal worth around $100m (£66m) was concluded.

The two clubs and MLS announced the partnership after a meeting at the league’s headquarters in New York.

City hope the arrangement will help to expand their profile in the United States, while it is also a potential extra source of income and players.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “New York is a legendary sports town, as well as a thriving global city with a rapidly expanding soccer fanbase.

“We are thrilled to contribute to the energy and growth of New York City soccer.

“In the Yankees, we have found the absolute best partner for developing a world-class sports organisation and a winning team that will carry the New York City Football Club name with pride.”

The new club does not presently have a home but discussions are under way over the construction of a new stadium at Flushing Meadows in the Queens borough of the city.

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