Soccer in NYC

Villa at Queens Borough Hall; Villa as Queens soccer investor?

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Photo courtesy of Borough Hall

David Villa met with Council Member Francisco Moya and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and posed in front of a collection of Queens artifacts last week.

Moya is a big Barcelona fan — Camp Nou is the background photo on his Twitter page — so maybe this was just a cool moment organized for him to spend time with the former Barca star and get a photo.

But maybe it was more than that.

According to the Borough President’s office, the three discussed the future of soccer in Queens, including a “proposal to build a 10,000- to 25,000-seat soccer stadium in the Willets Point redevelopment area that would serve as home for the Queensboro Football Club, a proposed new team that would play in the United Soccer League, a second division professional league.”

Unless Villa stands to buy a chunk of the team, like Drogba did with Phoenix Rising FC, then it’s pointless to talk about a third NYC-area soccer stadium (Red Bull Arena plus a proposed Port Morris site for NYCFC) with him.

Villa does have a reported net worth of $50 million. And at the very least, any ownership group would likely want to secure a figurehead to pose for photos with lawmakers and sign autographs for people in the community district.

 

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