Is the expanding world of Brooklyn athletics about to get even bigger? Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz certainly hopes so.
The man who successfully took the Nets from New Jersey and the Islanders from Long Island is now hoping to take pro-soccer from Queens. Though Major League Soccer is currently planning to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Park, Markowitz is trying to convince them to switch boroughs.
From the New York Post:
“I know Queens is pushing for a stadium, but I believe pro soccer belongs here in Brooklyn,” Markowitz said following a ceremony marking the opening of three new sports fields in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
“Soccer is the Number 1 sport in the world, so why shouldn’t we have a team here in Brooklyn?”
Markowitz insisted that Brooklyn has more soccer fans than Queens, and mentioned East New York, East Williamsburg, and Bushwick as possible locations for a new stadium. Still, MLS spokeswoman Risa Heller said the organization is “100 percent focused on bringing pro soccer to Queens.”
What do you guys think? Do we need another home team? Or is this just Markowitz’s instigating? Or, third option, should we take Brooklyn Magazine’s lead and push for a curling team?
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