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Queens gets pro soccer team

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 10:30 am

The United Soccer League is coming to the borough as Queensboro FC will play at a new stadium at York College, that will seat around 7,500 fans, according to reports. The club will also play select home matches at Citi Field.

An investment group including Spain World Cup winner David Villa was granted the franchise.

“Bringing professional football to Queens’ diverse community is an exciting and unique opportunity,” Villa said in a statement to ESPN. “The beautiful game already lives here, thanks to the melting pot of cultures who are so passionate about the sport. I can’t think of a better place for QBFC to grow.”

Citi Field has seen its share of soccer. Ecuador and Greece played an exhibition in 2011 in front of nearly 40,000 fans. The 2011 World Football Challenge saw Juventus defeat Club AmÈrica 1-0.

Most recently, NYCFC lost in the playoffs in October to Toronto FC. The game was moved from Yankee Stadium to avoid conflict with the playoff baseball schedule. The Mets missed the playoffs.

— David Russell

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