This story has been popping up all summer...
Supposedly, New York, The Wilpons and Major League Soccer have been discussing bringing a second team to the city.
There were originally reports that the franchise would play in Citi Field but the Mets quashed that rumor in a press release.
This week, the story has the Mets possibly building a soccer stadium...on the site of Shea Stadium. This seems silly for many reasons. In no particular order:
- Don't the Wilpons need that space for parking?
- Isn't there a giant park just over Roosevelt Avenue where a soccer stadium could be built?
- Wouldn't the home run apple look funny in a soccer stadium?
- ISN'T THERE ALREADY A STADIUM WHERE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT BUILDING A NEW STADIUM?
That last point has me thinking...could Shea Stadium possibly survive after all? Maybe they could just reconfigure her for soccer. It's done everything else, from Popes to Pop concerts. The more I think about it, the better I like this idea. I bet I could even afford a partial-season plan for the new soccer team.
Here's the story from the Queens Chronicle:More than 25 years after the last Jets game
played at Shea Stadium, Queens might finally get to see a different
kind of football — namely, soccer.
In the last couple of months, Major League Soccer officials,
Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) and a particularly rabid bunch
of fans touted the idea of Queens pro-soccer, played approximately
where the Mets’ pitching mound is today.
“The league is looking for
football fans and there are plenty of those who don’t want to go to New
Jersey to see it,” said Nick Laveglia, the president of Borough Boys
met with Mets’ owner Fred Wilpon after getting the backing of
Monserrate, who represents a heavily-Latino council district, with
plenty of rabid soccer fans.
And according to a report last
Thursday from the mayor’s office, the Mets are seriously considering
the purchase of a Major League Soccer club — with the first corner
kicks and visits by Los Angeles Galaxy’s soccer superstar, David
Beckham, perhaps starting as early as 2011.
With the details
remaining sketchy, the plan generally has any proposed soccer stadium
near Shea Stadium, which will be demolished after the Mets move to Citi
Field, scheduled to open next season.
Currently, the MLS has 14
teams in the U.S. and Canada, including the Galaxy, which recently
signed Beckham, the international soccer sensation with the famous
corner kick, to a $600 million, four-year contract.
proposed Queens team would be the second pro soccer club in the
tri-state area, joining the New York Red Bulls, who play at Giants
Stadium in New Jersey.
However, any kickoff in Flushing Meadows
is still far from being a done deal. According to Bloomberg News,
discussions between the league and the Mets were only in the
But league officials seemed favorably
inclined to give the New York area another pro soccer team. “A second
team in New York would provide a true local rivalry for the Red Bulls
and increase the overall popularity of the team nationally,” said MLS
vice president, Dan Courtemanche.