FC New York, that minor-league expansion soccer team that said it wants to build a stadium in Queens, now says it’s hit a snag: namely, that nobody in Queens is actually offering to build them a stadium. Meanwhile, team president Doug Petersen says that Nassau County is eagerly wooing his club, though he mostly seems to be interested in using that as leverage to get Queens finally talking:
“In the last two weeks, we are stepping up our campaign to reach out to people in local governments [in New York City] again to see if there are soccer friends in the political arena who want to help us,” said Petersen, who is based in Garden City, L.I. “I think the sport of passion for people in Queens is soccer.”
As far as Nassau goes, there are no more details about a stadium there than in Queens, but at least they’re talking a good game: Deputy county executive Rob Walker told the Daily News, “Being able to say that Nassau County is the home of a premier soccer team or whatever the case may be, we want to do it.” “Or whatever the case may be”? What, a league made of up two competing leagues forced to play each other because neither had enough teams on its own doesn’t sound “premier” to you?