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New York City to gain USL franchise, David Villa among owners

Former New York City FC captain David Villa will co-own a Queens-based team in the USL Championship (Credit: Getty Images)

The New York area is gaining another professional soccer team with the arrival of Queens-based Queensboro FC, which will begin play in the second-tier United Soccer League Championship in 2021.

Among the owners is Spanish former World Cup winner and New York City FC captain David Villa. The investment group is led by Jonathan Krane, the chief executive of New York City-based asset management company KraneShares.

According to ESPN, the team will play in a new, modular 7,500-capacity stadium at York College in Queens and play select home matches at Citi Field, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.

Queensboro FC will join Major League Soccer’s New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls in the metropolitan area, as well as New York Cosmos, who last year played in the semi-pro National Premier Soccer League.