After years of hinting at it, Major League Soccer announced the expansion of the league with a new team in New York City. New York City Football Club (NYCFC) will become the league's 20th member and is expected to begin play in 2015.
The new club, New York City's second MLS franchise, joins with prestigious ownership and substantial financial power. The English Premier League's Manchester City FC will be majority owner and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees will have a prominent role in the the ownership group as well.
NYCFC is expected to use an interim venue for the 2015 season, though the club is rumored to be looking to establish a permanent home in Queens, where talks have been under way to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Back in Washington, D.C. United was excited to hear about the new team, and head coach Ben Olsen was quick to poke fun at future rival NYCFC.
"What? Seriously? That's some acronym," Olsen joked. "It's ironic that the Yankees will own the team in Queens.
"That's good. I'd rather it there than the Pacific northwest. It's an easier train ride for us."
New York will join Los Angeles as the second city in the country with two MLS teams. With the addition, the league will have doubled in size in one decade.
"I think the more teams the better," said DCU captain Dwayne De Rosario. "I think the league has shown how much it has improved and developed. A second team in New York, it's a big city. I know technically the Red Bulls aren't in New York, they're in New Jersey. It'll be interesting to see a game actually in the city."
With an even number of teams, the league will likely realign, bumping one franchise over to the nine-team Western Conference, making the Houston Dynamo or Sporting KC the most likely to move over.