Incredible plans for New York City FC’s Manhattan stadium

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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve had any real news on New York City’s search for a new stadium in the Big Apple.

These amazing leaked plans should get plenty of people interested again.

Photos of NYCFC’s new proposed home at Pier 40 have been released, with the images truly breathtaking. Can they really pull this stadium deal off? If anyone can the money of the New York Yankees and Manchester City combined should do the trick.

But will this ever get off the ground? See what Steve Davis had to say about this in the past.

If you look back into the history of teams trying to build stadiums in NYC, you’d be quite pessimistic. But this is slightly different. In a city where skyscrapers are popping up almost on a daily basis, why would it be so difficult to obtain construction permits and abide by the extremely strict rules? It just is. The New York Yankees found that out when building their new home and wherever and whenever MLS decide to build this soccer mecca along the banks of the Hudson River, plenty of road blocks will be put in their way.

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The big problem would obviously be transport to the stadium. Yes, I know there’s a sublime subway system that sweeps millions of New Yorkers across the five boroughs on a daily basis. So surely it can cope with 20-30,000 soccer fans? Maybe. But most games will be in the evenings and at weekends when subway travel is often littered with instructions reminiscent of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, signalling where and when construction work will take place. Many people will want to drive to NYC FC games… but where in god’s name would they park?

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Anyway, parking issues to one side for now. These photos do tell us one thing. NYC FC are going to do this thing big. They’re planning to plough plenty of dough into this new stadium, and rightly so. If Manhattan’s going to have a soccer-specific stadium, then it should be the best. End of discussion. And this baby in the leaked photos is the real deal.

(MORE: Yankees “Planning on NYC FC playing at Yankee Stadium)

One end open to take in the magnificent backdrop of downtown Manhattan with the Freedom Tower and the Statue of Liberty popping up in the background to say what’s up, that’s pretty legit. Surely that betters the backdrop of the Delaware River at PPL Park and downtown Toronto at BMO Field, to name just a few grounds around MLS?

So, make sure you check out these photos. Just think about how amazing this would if it came to fruition. Then again, think about how tricky this would be to make a reality.

A couple of other factors to consider from these plans being found. Have the proposed Corona Park stadium plans in Queens been shelved? And what about other alternatives in Manhattan such as Columbia University’s football stadium or, of course, a long-term home at Yankee Stadium? Also, what about the soccer fields currently at Pier 40 that won’t be there anymore? Surely provision will be made for the thousands of amateur players in NYC who flock to those fields every evening.

Never mind all that. We know fans everywhere love a sneak peek at a new stadium. Just look at that thing. So shiny…

Independiente and Flamengo meet for South American trophy

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SAO PAULO (AP) Independiente, relegated for the first time in its history in 2013, can complete a remarkable turnaround by winning the Copa Sudamericana at the Maracana Stadium on Wednesday.

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The Argentine team will go into the second leg of the final holding a 2-1 lead over Brazilian club Flamengo from the first leg.

Independiente, which has won multiple titles in South American tournaments, will be counting on 18-year-old midfielder Ezequiel Barco, one of the best players in this year’s competition.

Flamengo is also seeking to restore some pride in Rio de Janeiro. The big-spending Brazilian club, playing in its first Copa Sudamericana final, finished its domestic championship in a disappointing sixth place.

The Rio team will be without Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who is serving a one-year doping ban.

Instead, veteran midfielder Diego will be the key player as Flamengo looks to claim its first regional title since winning the now-defunct Copa Mercosur in 1999.

After Independiente won the first leg, the club posted on its social media channels a picture of its players celebrating at the Maracana in 1995 when the two teams played for the Supercopa.

If the Argentines lose 1-0 on Wednesday, there will be a penalty shootout to decide the winner.

Last year, Brazilian club Chapecoense was awarded the title before the final after 19 players, plus club directors and several members of staff, died in an air crash.

The Copa Sudamericana is the continent’s second most prestigious tournament after the Copa Libertadores.

Bundesliga wrap: Dortmund wins in Stoger’s managerial debut

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For the first time since late September, Borussia Dortmund has won a league match, while Leipzig’s slip up opens the door for Bayern Munich to extend its lead in Germany’s top flight.

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Here’s a brief look at all of Tuesday’s Bundesliga action.

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

10 points separates Dortmund from league leaders Bayern Munich, who also have a match in hand, but for the moment, the bleeding his stopped. BVB picked up a crucial win on Tuesday to end its domestic woes upon manager Peter Stoger’s debut. The side’s drought stretched over an eight-match winless period. Second-half goals from Sokratis and Shinji Kagawa moved Dortmund into the top four, while Mainz remains 15th in the league table.

 

Wolfsburg 1-1 Red Bull Leipzig

Meanwhile, RB Leipzig’s form continues to slide downward after the second-place side dropped points in its fourth straight match across all competitions. The road side’s fortunes were dampened early on when Paul Verhaegh converted from the penalty spot, however, Marcel Halstenberg did manage to pull a goal back for Leipzig in the 52nd minute. Leipzig’s misfortunes carried on in stoppage time though when Dayot Upamecano was sent off after picking up his second yellow card of the day.


The rest of Tuesday’s scores

Hamburg 1-2 Frankfurt
Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Inter beats 3rd-division Pordenone 5-4 on penalties in Cup

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MILAN (AP) Inter Milan scraped into the Italian Cup quarterfinals after the Serie A leader was taken to penalties by third-division Pordenone on Tuesday.

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Pordenone goalkeeper Simone Perilli pulled off several saves in regulation time to keep the game scoreless, and he almost proved to be the hero during the shootout, stopping two penalties.

But Inter prevailed 5-4, with Yuto Nagatomo tucking away the final spot kick.

Both sides hit the woodwork during the 120 minutes.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti rang the changes, and only Milan Skriniar and Matias Vecino remained in the starting 11 from Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Juventus.

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However, he was forced by desperation to bring on Marcelo Brozovic at halftime as well as star forwards Ivan Perisic and Mauro Icardi.

Report: Cosmos coach Savarese to be named new Timbers manager

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In a time where NASL’s status moving forward is hanging in the balance, one of the league’s top managers is set to make the jump to Major League Soccer.

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According to ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman, New York Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese is set to be named the next Portland Timbers manager.

Savarese will take over for the recently departed Caleb Porter, who stepped down from his head coaching role with the Timbers in November.

The former professional player spent five seasons in MLS during his career, including stints with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the Red Bulls), as well as the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes.

The 46-year-old has managed the Cosmos from 2013 to present, and guided the NASL side to three Soccer Bowl titles in that span.