New York City FC has been relegated from Major League Soccer following their 7-0 defeat at the hands of their crosstown rivals, the New York Red Bulls.
Executives from all 20 teams as well as MLS met via emergency conference call Saturday night to discuss the possibility of using an obscure bylaw to kick out New York City FC for conduct unbecoming of the league.
It was decided by a vote of 17 to 3 that New York City will spend the remainder of the season competing in the North American Soccer League.
Besides New York City FC, the two dissenting votes came from Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, and Montreal Impact. Anonymous sources close to the clubs described Major League Soccer’s decision to relegate NYC FC as “fucked” and “totally fucked”.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber defended the league’s drastic action.
“NEW YORK CITY F.C. WAS NOT ABLE TO PUT A PRODUCT OUT ON THE FIELD THAT WAS REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS LEAGUE. GIVEN THAT, WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SUSPEND THE CLUB UNTIL IT CAN COMPETE.
“I THINK THE CLUB COULD BE BACK IN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AS SOON AS 2021 OR 2022.”
Don Garber, MLS Commissioner
If there’s a silver lining for New York City F.C. fans, it’s that Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, and David Villa will be able to learn a thing or two from soccer great Freddy Adu, who plays in the NASL with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.