NEW YORK – New York City FC will soon have a place to call home.
Claudio Reyna, the former US national team star and NYCFC's director of football, told a handful of reporters at the club’s official badge unveiling on Thursday night that an announcement for the temporary stadium is looming.
It has been widely speculated that Yankee Stadium will host NYCFC when the MLS expansion franchise’s inaugural season gets underway in 2015, but Reyna did not confirm or deny that rumor during the ceremony.
Instead, he kept things simple by saying that a decision on the venue would be publicly made in the coming weeks.
“We’re close on that. We’ll soon announce where we’ll be playing,” Reyna said. “Within the next month. We expect to have an announcement within the next month.”
As for New York City FC’s continued search for a soccer-specific stadium to call their own, that seems much farther off. Reyna said the club has a number of potential locations under consideration, but there’s still work to be done to secure one that makes sense for all the involved parties.
“We’re still looking, we’re talking to the city,” Reyna said. “There’s a lot of possibilities for the stadium and we’re continuing to do our job, which won’t be easy, but we feel good about it. We have a team of executives that are working very hard to not only get a stadium that we’re happy with, but that is good for the city of New York as well.”
Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached by e-mail at Franco8813@gmail.com.