New York Yankees and… soccer?

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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Don Garber, the MLS Commissioner.

From swinging baseball bats for homeruns to… kicking a soccer ball into a field goal? You heard right! Major League Soccer Commissioner, Don Garber, recently announced that the New York Yankees and Manchester City Football Club will be joining forces to create the League’s 20th expansion club.

What’ll its name be? Right now, the new team is expected to be called the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and hopes to begin playing in 2015. Don Garber says, “We proudly welcome two of the most prestigious professional global sports organizations to Major League Soccer… 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.”

Now, before you go wondering if there’ll be too much attention and money taken away from the Yankees to this new soccer team, don’t worry. Manchester City will be the majority owner of the new Club, but the Yankees will still be investing in it enough to make it sure it gets off to a strong start. This is great news for fans of both soccer and baseball, especially in the New York/New Jersey area, which is one of North America’s most energized soccer communities.

New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg says, “Soccer is one of the world’s most exciting and popular sports, and it should be played on the world’s biggest stage – in New York City… New Yorkers are the greatest sports fans in the world, and they will welcome a Major League Soccer franchise with the full-throated and loyal support they are famous for.”