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Borough President Wants New York City FC To Play In Bronx

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The Bronx borough rpesident wants Major League Soccer to forget about Queens and bring its new franchise uptown.

Ruben Diaz Jr. wrote a letter to MLS commissioner Don Garber Thursday promoting the Bronx as the ideal location for the New York City Football Club.

The new team's backers are currently trying to push a plan for a new stadium inside of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, but Diaz said the move to the Bronx instead would bring an economic boost to the borough, citing the amount of visitors that this week's soccer match between Ireland and Spain brought to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

"We can no longer plan a new park without having some kind of soccer field. So the level of interest is there," Diaz said. "We could create jobs here. We can continue to rebrand our borough. We're doing it with the tennis center. We're doing it with golf courses. We're doing it with the Kingsbridge Armory and ice sports. We certainly have the Yankees here, so why not bring a soccer field and a soccer sports team?"

In a statement, a MLS spokesperson said, "The decision on where New York City Football Club will build its home is now up to the club. Borough President Diaz's enthusiasm around building a stadium in the Bronx is further evidence of the significance of New York City FC and MLS to the City."

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