Yankees to co-own Major League Soccer franchise

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Yankees are buying part of a soccer team. Here's Derek Jeter.
The Yanks have bought part of an MLS franchise. Look: It's team president Randy Levine. Getty Images

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Big news on the rarely intersecting baseball-soccer front, as the Yankees and Manchester City of the English Premier League are joining forces and dollars to launch an expansion Major League Soccer franchise, the AP reports.

The team, which will be known as the New York City Football Club, will be majority-owned by Man City and is slated to begin play in 2015. As the AP story notes, MLS and New York City are in talks regarding a soccer facility near Citi Field, home of the Mets, in Queens. "They'll be running all the soccer," Yankees president Randy Levine said. "We know our way around New York, how to get things done."

No word yet on whether the Marlins will respond by purchasing ad space in a church bulletin and then holding a spaghetti dinner with door prizes.

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