On November 17, 2007, the Borough Boys were founded as an advocacy group, with the goal of bringing top-fight soccer to New York City. They were the pioneers of the MLS2NYC movement.
Over the years, they successfully lobbied US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. And when a group purchased the rights to the New York Cosmos in 2010, promising to bring an MLS franchise to NYC, the Borough Boys evolved into a New York Cosmos supporters club, while maintaining their campaign for a team and a stadium within the five boroughs.
Anyone familiar with New York City soccer knows that it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. There have indeed been ups and downs, highs and lows, wins and losses. But the Borough Boys have persevered, remaining a passionate force for top-flight soccer in the city.
That earlier Cosmos management team may have faltered, but a new group is on course – committed to fielding an NASL team in 2013 with the ultimate goal of joining MLS someday. And MLS has been aggressively working on building a stadium in New York City in hopes of connecting with a team like the Cosmos to establish the league’s 20th franchise.
In a nutshell, things have never looked brighter for the Borough Boys. After five years of hard work, they’ll have a team to support next season and quite possibly an MLS stadium in Queens in the not too distant future. They might be reluctant to celebrate until all their goals have been reached, but let me be the first to thank them for all their hard work on behalf of New York City soccer fans. Happy Anniversary, Boys!