MLS CLOSING IN ON QUEENS STADIUM

Major League Soccer's plan to build a $300million stadium in Queens is at "the finish line", says Commissioner Don Garber.

New York City and MLS are closing in on an agreement over acquiring land to build a stadium in Queens that would become home to the league's 20th team.

Once confirmed, the league must begin negotiations with the city and state as part of the approval process to build the 25,000-seater venue on the 10-acre site in Flushing Meadows - Corona Park. The parkland used for the stadium would have to be replaced, and a deal with the New York Mets would have to be reached over permission to use their parking lots adjacent to Citi Field.

Garber has stated the league's 20th team could start playing as early as the 2016 season. And New York Red Bulls, who play in Harrison, New Jersey, don't have the right to block a second team in the New York area.

Speculation over David Beckham buying into an MLS franchise has grown since his announcement that he will be leaving Los Angeles Galaxy and speculation has increased over the Englishman purchasing a side, but Garber said the New York market is the only one David Beckham doesn't have the right to buy into. 

Posted on 27/11/2012