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Flushing Could Have a Soccer Stadium in the Near Future

NEW YORK - APRIL 05:  Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

We've heard for quite a while about the MLS's quest to add a second soccer franchise to the New York market. The Red Bulls are cool, but the league really fancies the idea of a rival team within city limits. Last we checked, the debate was over which of the city's vacant areas could house a new team, and it appears that matter is nearly settled.

From the Post:

Major League Soccer is closing in on a final deal with state and city officials for a $300 million, 25,000-seat, state-of-the-art soccer-stadium complex in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, The Post has learned.

The proposed facility, construction of which could begin early next year, would be home to a yet-to-be-named new franchise.

The stadium would be located next to the Mets’ Citi Field and the Arthur Ashe tennis stadium, and would include nine high-quality soccer fields available for community and minor-league use, sources said.

That the MLS itself intends to plunk down the funds for this project tells you just how intent they are on adding a New York City franchise. Commissioner Don Garber made that abundantly clear in a conversation with Meanwhile, if you're hanging on to hope of a New York Cosmos rebirth, note that the soccer franchise bearing that name is heading into its first season as a member of the NASL, but the people in charge of it still have interest in joining the MLS. And if not "Cosmos", then ... what?

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images