NY Daily News: Yankees/City connection creates Big Apple buzz
- 01 August 2014 07:24
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
With a pinch and a punch for the first of the month, Friday's media-round-up is upon us.
Two days on and City’s historic friendly against Liverpool at Yankee Stadium is still the talk of the town.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are back in International Champions Cup action tomorrow night against Olympiakos in Minneapolis but leading New York circular, NY Daily News, is still examining the impact of Wednesday night’s match on football enthusiasts in the city.
Especially as far as City’s sister club NYCFC is concerned.
With City Football Group breaking new sporting ground in launching the first MLS team to play in the five boroughs, sports reporter Justin Tasch ponders just how successful NYCFC will be in drawing a crowd to the Yankee Stadium for the big kick-off in 2015.
“Behind the right-center (sic) field bleachers Wednesday in Yankee Stadium, where the Bleacher Creatures normally patrol and perform their roll call at the start of Yankees games, a sky-blue banner with white lettering said "Welcome to the home of New York City FC.”,” Tasch writes.
“When Manchester City played here a year ago against Chelsea, NYCFC had just been announced. This time the expansion MLS club is less than a year from beginning competition and has grabbed headlines with the superstar signings of David Villa and Frank Lampard.
“An ad on the center field video board before kick-off featuring photos of Villa and Lampard asking fans to purchase season tickets."
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“The buzz for NYCFC is palpable, and local fans are buying in.
“Michael King, a 43-year-old Man City fan from Neptune, N.J., said he was a Red Bulls fan but is switching his allegiance.
“"Because I'm a Man City fan and I'm a Yankees fan," said King, who took his wife Heidi to Wednesday's match. "The fact that my Premier League club is buying an MLS team, I'm switching. I've already bought the gear."”
According to the Washington Post, more people attended the game on Wednesday than have been present at any New York Yankees baseball game this season, so the hunger for top level football in the Bronx looks like it’s there!
Meanwhile, there are quotes attributed to James Milner across many of the newspapers you’re waking up to.
The England international has allegedly told journalists that he wants to extend his deal at City… so long as he gets game time in the upcoming season.
“It’s a great club to be at,” Milner is quoted as saying in the Independent. “I enjoy every minute and winning trophies. But you do want to play as much as you can. The more I can play [then] that’s better for myself.
“Basically I want to be here as long as I’m playing. I love it here and hopefully I can be here for a long time to come.
“But that’s determined on how much football I get. I just want to feel like I’m contributing."
“I played a fair amount last year – maybe not as many [games] in the league as I would have liked, but I felt I contributed to the trophies I won.
“At the end of the season [if] you win trophies and you haven’t played as much as you wanted it can be frustrating. But that wasn’t the case last year.”
Elsewhere back on these shores, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is reportedly keeping a close eye on Scott Sinclair’s excellent pre-season form.
The former Swansea winger has caught the eye with a string of fine performances ‘twixt Scotland and USA, leaving The Sun to speculate that Villa could make a move.
“Aston Villa are ready to make a move for Scott Sinclair,” the story reads.
“Boss Paul Lambert is looking for a winger and wants Chelsea's Victor Moses on loan. But, if he misses out on Moses, Lambert will turn to Manchester City's Sinclair, 25, who is available for £3m.”
Remember, all transfer stories when confirmed, will be posted here on the official website first when the deals are done.