Excited for the MLS is Back Tournament to start? Let’s dampen that excitement just a bit.
As of right now, the plan is for the MLSIB Tournament to take place over the course of the summer with the regular season resuming in the fall. But there’s a huge question looming over New York City FC regarding their 2020 season as it extends past August: where are they going to play?
Earlier today, NYCFC CEO Brad Sims was quoted as saying the following:
“Neither the Yankees nor Mets have told us anything definitively. We’re anticipating that’s going to be challenging. We’re engaged with MLS on alternative places to play.”
h/t Glenn Crooks
#NYCFC CEO Brad Sims on where his team will play home games after #MLSisBack: "Neither the Yankees nor Mets have told us anything definitively. We’re anticipating that’s going to be challenging. We’re engaged with #MLS on alternative places to play."— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) July 6, 2020
Sims would later expand upon the possibility of playing elsewhere for the duration of 2020, namely at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
“From a sporting standpoint we look at things through the lens of winning,” Sims told Crooks. “Playing on proper pitches in a nearby facility to where our players live we have to look at.”
Apparently, RBA isn’t the only place that NYCFC is considering for its temporary move. According to Roberto Abramowitz, the Blues may also play at Malek Stadium in West Point, New York — about an hour upstate from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Though it isn’t official yet, NYCFC fans shouldn’t hold their breath for Yankee Stadium to be available to them come September. As of right now, fans are not expected to be permitted at either RBA or Malek Stadium for the foreseeable future.