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MLS President Abbott believes N.Y. soccer heading in the right direction

MLS President Mark Abbott said that NYCFC and Red Bulls' foreign influence has been a boon for their growthGetty Images

There is belief in MLS at the league level that both NYCFC and the N.Y. Red Bulls, and their respective majority owners City Football Group and Red Bull GmbH, are “taking professional men’s soccer in New York in the right direction,” according to Ryan Gerbosi of NEWSDAY. MLS President Mark Abbott believes NYCFC’s championship run was a “perfect opportunity for new fans to see why.” He said that the local clubs’ foreign influence has been a "boon for their growth.” Abbott: “Each market has its own needs, but I think clearly they have benefitted. In both cases, they have very extensive scouting networks and the ability to identify talent through those networks to help bolster their team here, and we’ve seen examples of that.” When each group joined the fray, Abbott said that the league “was clear it didn’t want the New York teams to be left behind by, or over-reliant on, their European counterparts.” While he also said that the league is “aiding NYCFC in certain areas,” the search for a suitable site for a stadium “ultimately falls on the club itself” (NEWSDAY, 5/11).

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