Khaldoon Al Mubarak is excited by the prospect of New York City FC, and envisages a big future for the new Major League Soccer franchise.
The club were purchased in a joint venture by Manchester City and the New York Yankees, and intend to be playing in MLS by the 2015 season.
And the City chairman believes the time was right to enter the American market.
“This is a great move for Manchester City, we’ve been looking at doing a deal with an MLS club for a good year now,” he told the New York City FC official website.
“Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States
, it’s popularity is growing immensely.
“MLS has been a big success, if you look at the growth trajectory of MLS over the last few years and if you look at the future; this is really the place to be.”
Al Mubarak is confident New York is the perfect location to develop a franchise, and is looking forward to working with the Yankees.
“If you’re going to pick a place to play in the United States, where better than New York? It’s a wonderful city with a wonderful sport culture,” he added.
“There’s no city in the entire United States that has as much professional sports as New York and New York City needs a soccer team, so this what we will bring.
“We will bring this franchise to New York, we will build a team with one of the best sporting partners in the world – the New York Yankees.
“I’m very proud of this partnership between City and the Yankees and very proud of the association with the MLS and I think this is going to be an incredible success – I have no doubt about it.
“In the next two, three years we will build a fantastic team here.”