NY Minute: MLS, NY2 targets Queens, Showdown In Chinatown, Kicking and Screening, More

Has Don Garber’s quest for a second New York team landed him in Flushing Meadows?

According to The Wall Street Journal, Major League Soccer has focused on landing a home in the Queens park, with plans on creating a 20-25,000 seat soccer-specific stadium over the grounds of the fenced off and neglected “Fountain of Industry” site. Plans would involve building on the city owned land but funding the project through private outlets. City council and state legislature would need to approve the project, but the league already has a local ally in local Assemblyman Francisco Moya.

Part of the plan would require MLS to build and renovate upon up to eight acres of land near and around the proposed stadium (the Fountain of Industry area takes up roughly six acres on it’s own). The stadium itself would be a stones throw from Citifield and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

As for transportation, the location is ideal; the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway and Long Island Expressway surround the area. making for easy travel by car. As for public transportation, the LIRR trains are a quarter mile from the location while the 7 train runs about half a mile’s distance from the site.

Independent sources have confirmed to EoS that the Flushing Meadows site has long been the most feasible of the proposed locations. According to one source, the league has already begun drainage testing at the abandoned fountain; a key first step in verifying the feasibility of construction.

As the summer heats up, so does New York soccer! Here is a look at what else is going on, in a New York Minute:

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SHOWDOWN IN CHINATOWN TONIGHT!

NBA superstar Steve Nash is bringing his pals back for the fifth annual Showdown in Chinatown tonight. His annual 8v8 soccer match, featuring some of the biggest names from the world of soccer, NBA and Hollywood, will once again touch down in Sara D. Roosevelt Park this evening at 6pm.

This year’s participant’s have been veiled in a bit of secrecy, but some of the names that have leaked out include the Red Bulls’ own Thierry Henry, local product turned Italian National Teamer Giusseppe Rossi, USMNT players Jozy Altidore, Stu Holden, Maurice Edu and Robbie Rogers, Claudio Reyna, Patrick Viera, Soloman Kalou and many others!

This is an event I look forward to each and every year. It is rare to see players of this stature in such an intimate and loose setting. Believe me, it is worth the trip.

All proceeds from the even will go to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation.

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KICKING AND SCREENING IS BACK!

Speaking of yearly traditions you can’t miss, the Kicking and Screening Festival is back at the Tribeca Cinemas!

This year, three World Premiere movies, along with five US premiers will be featured over the next four days (June 27-30th).

Here is a look at the featured presentations:

Gringos at the Gate – Why US vs. Mexico has become the most fiery and socially significant clash in international soccer

Rivals: Celtic vs. Rangers El Clásico: More than a Game – Double feature revealing the passion, the hatred, and the joy of two of the world’s biggest club rivalries, Glasgow’s Old Firm derby and the star-studded struggle between Real Madrid-Barcelona.

1:1 Thierry Henry – An intimate portrayal of French star Thierry Henry and his high-profile move to the New York Red Bulls.

KEI (USA) — Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara’s journey from refugee to soccer star.

The Four-Year Plan (UK) – Queens Park Rangers have new billionaire owners and a mandate to reach the English Premier League in four years. So what’s the plan?

Meister vs. Meister (Germany) — German legends like Sepp Maier and Andreas Brehme take on amateurs.

L’equip Petit (Spain) — Margatania F.C. have not won a game or even scored a goal. But they play every week they play.

The Last Proletarians of Football (Sweden) – Sven-Göran Eriksson’s revolution led IFK Göteborg’s semi-pro squad to the 1982 UEFA Cup. But how long can a socialist-leaning soccer strategy last?

0:0 (Israel) — A quirky, overweight teenager undertakes to bust out of his suburban wasteland existence and become a sports journalist.

For movie times and tickets, please visit KICKING AND SCREENING.

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REMINDER

Let the silly season begin!

Today marks the start of the MLS transfer window which will run from June 27th – July 27th.