Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers

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Harrison, N.J. has the New York Red Bulls, the Bronx may host New York City F.C. and the New York Cosmos are taking root in Long Island.

Why can’t a pro-soccer team call Yonkers home?

That is the message from City Mayor Mike Spano as he delivered his State of the City address.

“It is time to bring a professional sports franchise to Yonkers,” he said. “Professional soccer would be a game changer for Yonkers resulting in increased visitors, revenue & entertainment venues.”

The comments come at the tail end of speculation that New York City F.C. would entertain Yonkers as a temporary home for its fledgling soccer team. As reported on EOS Wednesday, that won’t be a possibility — at least in year one.

Nevertheless, Spano’s comments interject the city into the conversation as a viable solution for a home grounds in the short or long term. While not officially confirmed, NYC FC will already have roots in Purchase with the establishment of their training grounds on the campus of Manhattanville College. The locations are roughly a half-hour drive from each other, but the addition of a Yonkers stadium could make Westchester County, an area rich in youth soccer participation, a central hub for NYC FC — at least for the foreseeable future.

But NYC FC may not be the only team targeted with Spano’s statements. The outward interest can also be directed towards the New York Cosmos, who have been in a waiting pattern for over 18 months, hoping that the Empire State Development Corp. approves it’s bid for a stadium on the Elmont/Queens border. Like the Belmont plan, Spano’s idea would likely center around making the City’s casino and racetrack area an ‘entertainment hub,’ complimented by the addition of professional soccer right on property. It is a possibility EOS dissected in much detail weeks ago.

In essence, creating an entertainment hub is the basis of the current Cosmos bid to the State. Were Yonkers a possibility, the Cosmos would find a ready ally in Spano with a near identical vision for a stadium plan.

For now, PDL side Westchester Flames are the lone soccer team in the entire county affiliated in the American soccer pyramid. Spano hopes Yonkers can make an upgrade.

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stevehoff
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2 years 4 months ago

Shoutout to @WFlamesUSL on @EmpireofSoccer. My worlds, collided. http://t.co/pO71SDMCOd

mykicknscream
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/QXOxFWRrUv #youthsoccer

DanielKarell
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2 years 4 months ago

Great reporting RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers: http://t.co/fAmqnVSYre #NYCFC #MLS #NYCosmos #NASL

Anthony
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Anthony
2 years 4 months ago

cant imagine either club wants to be in Yonkers, if any of them were though it makes far more sense for NYCFC than Cosmos who already have strong ties to Long Island and Queens.

mykicknscream
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/APRvKSCmQK #youthsoccer

WFlamesUSL
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2 years 4 months ago

@stevehoff @EmpireOfSoccer The Flames were a @USLPRO club 2002 – 2004. We’d welcome the support from @MayorMikeSpano & the Yonkers community

EmpireOfSoccer
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2 years 4 months ago

Too late to edit in Flames interest! #YonkersSoccerCrazy. Heres context of last RT: Spano wants prosoccer in Yonkers: http://t.co/dDZ3RrsEeD

WFlamesUSL
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2 years 4 months ago

@stevehoff We also welcome @EmpireOfSoccer @BigAppleSoccer @GothamistDan @First_Touch and any other media outlets to cover our games.

stevehoff
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @WFlamesUSL: We also welcome @EmpireOfSoccer @BigAppleSoccer @GothamistDan @First_Touch and any other media outlets to cover our games.

SomeCosmosFan
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @EmpireOfSoccer: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers: http://t.co/agBWqj7eZ3 #NYCFC #MLS #NYCosmos #NASL

mykicknscream
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/RU5yghqOqR #youthsoccer

Rafael Borrero
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2 years 4 months ago

whats with the cops to his left and right…expecting trouble or egomaniac?

IMSoccerNews
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers – Empire of Soccer http://t.co/vkmkZrAaKM

MikeFirpo
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/lVkqOrKqly #nycfc #yonkers #bronx #mls

TheVipersNest
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @MikeFirpo: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/1RYiNqwJ7S #nycfc #mls Cause building stadiums in NYC is hard.

MCNYTOURS
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers… #NYC #Soccer #Bronx #Yonkers #NYCFC #Tourism #BronxTours http://t.co/IP6qsxfArs

mykicknscream
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/WeJdRFSfNj #youthsoccer

travelfreak1234
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @MCNYTOURS: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers… #NYC #Soccer #Bronx #Yonkers #NYCFC #Tourism #BronxTours http://t.co/IP6qs…

soccerfreak4677
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @MCNYTOURS: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers… #NYC #Soccer #Bronx #Yonkers #NYCFC #Tourism #BronxTours http://t.co/IP6qs…

StevenSlicer
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @MCNYTOURS: Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers… #NYC #Soccer #Bronx #Yonkers #NYCFC #Tourism #BronxTours http://t.co/IP6qs…

mykicknscream
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers http://t.co/cJUNev4NhE #youthsoccer

Fannell
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2 years 4 months ago

@soccermadeinstl Yonkers wants a soccer team. http://t.co/JwnYOMVfbu

soccermadeinstl
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2 years 4 months ago

RT @Fannell: @soccermadeinstl Yonkers wants a soccer team. http://t.co/JwnYOMVfbu

SportsTapApp
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2 years 4 months ago

Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers – Empire Of Soccer http://t.co/1H5qK9uC2f – #SportsTapApp

Soccerspotnews
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2 years 4 months ago

Soccer – Mayor Spano wants a pro-soccer team in Yonkers – Empire Of Soccer http://t.co/niZb4dxrhd

jessica
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jessica
2 years 4 months ago

Wow mike spano, there are so many people that are interested in sports. My bf is a semi pro soccer player. Please keep this great idea going..!!! There will be a great future ahead for Yonkers.

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