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Manchester City Want MLS Franchise to Develop Future Stars After Academy Failure: The Nightly EPL

sheik mansour Manchester City Want MLS Franchise to Develop Future Stars After Academy Failure: The Nightly EPL

One of the reasons why Manchester City wants to buy the latest MLS franchise is because the club wants to develop future stars after the failure of their academy in England, according to an article tonight in The Independent newspaper.

The speculation is that Manchester City and Major League Soccer will make a joint announcement on May 25 with the news that Major League Soccer’s 20th team will be New York City FC, based in New York City. If the deal goes through — and there’s quite a lot of political opposition to it — the team’s stadium will be in Queens.

According to The Independent, 

“An MLS team is viewed by the club as a perfect environment to send young players to, while also locating new local talent.”

Plus a team owned by Sheikh Mansour will help increase Manchester City’s brand in the United States.

What do you think? Will the level of play in MLS be sufficient to help grow the future stars of tomorrow for New York City FC and, consequently, Manchester City? And would you support an MLS team in New York City if it’s owned by Manchester City’s Mansour? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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25 Responses to Manchester City Want MLS Franchise to Develop Future Stars After Academy Failure: The Nightly EPL

  1. CTBlues says:

    This is exactly what I didn’t want to happen. Piss off ManCity.

  2. AtlantaPompey says:

    Putting a team in our biggest city that is essentially a feeder team for a club is not a good idea. It’s a little condescending and a little insulting. Send young players to play in our league so that they can develop? Fine. Everybody does that to some extent somewhere, usually in the lower leagues in their own country so they can watch them closely. There are several cities in the US that deserve to be MLS#20 more than starting a feeder club in New York.

    • DD says:

      They’d probably only send 3-4 a season and the rest to other outposts.

    • eplnfl says:


      Your right but in short term for the growth of MLS which all American’s should want to see grow would it help the game here more.

      It seems to me the money and the interest that a sponsored team would generate would be great for MLS.

  3. Matt says:

    Chivas USA version 2.0….actually Chivas don’t even loan players to Chivas USA anymore.

    I know England is obsessed with tradition, but I never understood why they don’t do what Spain and Germany do and have reserve teams play in the lower leagues. It would be more helpful for the young players and their NT down the line, but the heads of the EPL don’t care about the NT

    • CTBlues says:

      Because they would have to start form the bottom and work there way up unless they change the rule would be awesome because that would mean Celtic would have a shot to start a reasonable level like say nPower League One or Championship.

    • Homble says:

      Even if it was allowed to play a “B” team in a lower division, like CTBlues says, in which division could they start?

      They wouldn’t be allowed to leapfrog existing clubs into the Championship/League 1/League 2 (rightfully so, IMO). So they’d have to start at absolute grass roots level. And why would any pro-team want its prospects slugging it out against local pub teams?

  4. Ryan says:

    Like it or not, MLS IS A FEEDER LEAGUE! Might as well have the backing of $120billion on your side. As far as the human rights thing is concerned j think republicans will like this guy’s politics aside from the middle east thing.

  5. trickybrkn says:

    Well that would mean that MLS would have to totally rework how they run their league. Outside of the DP’s (designated player) MLS owns the contract to MLS players. If a player is loaned in from another league, that player is normally a DP. And normally incurs a league luxury tax… Now they just changed two things… teams will be able to loan between themselves. where as before payers where traded. And they just did away with the luxury tax for u23 players, and there are no limits on u23 DPs. So perhaps that is due to the league wanted to draw better players from Europe on loan, or done at the request of NYCFC… seems odd that they JUST did this. But the thought that you could ship a team from the rotation of Man City who needs a bit of game time for a summer loan, should be interesting as it will result in a luxury tax payment ti the league… and maybe Man City is good with that. Also, if the develop the next wonderkid from the NYCFC academy it isn’t as easy as moving to a parent club, his contract will still be owned by MLS. The same as it was for Dempsey to Shea.

    • andrew says:

      Plenty of players are on loan without being DP’s. Mario Martinez is on loan to Seattle this year and is not a DP. Cordell Cato was on loan last year and was not a DP. Even Simon Dawkins wasn’t a DP for San Jose.

    • andrew says:

      I also have no idea what you are talking about with luxury tax. You have to pay a one time fee for opening up DP slots, but there is no “tax” on DP’s. There also are no new rules on under 23 DP’s. There has been a rule in existence for some time about young DP’s, but that is just about the cap hit. It’s less for an under 23 player.

  6. DD says:

    City would only send a few kids. Remember they have the Etihad Campus opening in 2014 which will be enormous, the biggest academy facility ever seen on UK shores, so they will want to keep many local and training there.

  7. Dean Stell says:

    I don’t really have a problem with City’s ownership group being involved. I can’t imagine this would just be a reserve team of Mancunians though….MLS has rules about international player slots, right? I dunno….maybe they’re changing that?

    It would seem more likely that it’s a normal MLS club that just has a very friendly relationship with a top EPL club.

    • andrew says:

      This exactly. Plus, getting in early is always good. MLS might not be super popular now, but with younger kids it is one of the favorite sports. Give it another generation and a couple world cup cycles (plus the possible crumbling of American football) and MLS might be in a very good position. With the population, wealth, and TV dollars in the United States; it could be a good investment.

  8. andrew says:

    The level of play wouldn’t be much of a problem. On average I’d say the MLS is about the same level as the Championship. The best MLS teams (if they increased their depth a little) would be bottom of the table in the EPL but wouldn’t embarrass themselves. The biggest problem with MLS is that after the first 13-15 players, the talent drops off really fast.

  9. john marzan says:

    harlem sheik and man city is doing MLS and american soccer a favor.

    as for “human rights” abuses on homosexuals in abu dhabi? what do you expect? it’s an arab muslim country (and one of the more “forward looking” ones compared to it’s neighbors KSA and Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt)

    stop complaining against things you cannot change. besides, whatever happened to tolerance of other cultures not american?

  10. tom says:

    Did they give a reason for why the MCFC academy failed?

  11. Johnno says:

    How can you say City’s academy is a failure. It has generated nearly £100M in player sales over the past few years. OK maybe not all superstars but top flight players. Do your research.

    • The Gaffer says:

      The Independent newspaper says the academy has been a failure.

      The Gaffer

      • The Gaffer says:

        Interestingly, The Independent turned down the rhetoric on their headline overnight. Their new headline reads: “Manchester City in America: Premier League club want MLS franchise to develop future stars after academy struggle”

        No more ‘failure.’

        The Gaffer

  12. Alan says:

    Johnno you’re a delusional twat. Like most city fans these days. Maybe judge success or failure by what players have come thru into your first team. Only kids who would come to city have parents who want big brown envelope with filthy oil money cash Whole of your club is predicated on that

  13. Sammy says:

    Ooh…Chelsea are offering Lampard a new contract?

    Awesome!!! :D

    (BTW, I’m not a Chelsea fan)

  14. Homble says:

    Mixed thoughts. I think it will be great to get a team in Queens, despite the objections of the local NIMBYs.

    As for it being Man City…well I suppose it depends on how it fits in with league rules on loans/transfers, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if that side of the project was being overstated, and that simple marketing/business is a more significant driving factor than any plans to develop youngsters.

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