Ever since Manchester City decided to combine resources with New York Yankees and start a new MLS venture, many questioned whether or not the English Premier League side would use New York City FC to mould their youngsters.
Man City Chief Executive Ferran Soriano spoke with ESPN this week and it seems that he's confirmed the EPL side will indeed attempt to send their young players across to MLS to gain experience.
New York City FC will be seen as a second arm for City, with the MLS side set to play "beautiful soccer" when they make their debut in 2015.
"We have some bright players. We might ask them to come to New York before they play at Manchester," Soriano told ESPN. "This is a team that's going to play beautiful soccer in New York."
This potential move to send young players abroad to improve their skills and temperament is great news for City fans, with the standard of MLS far outweighing that of the Premier Reserve League.
The quality of MLS has increased in recent years with stars such as Thierry Henry and Jermain Defoe making their way across the Atlantic.
Furthermore, Brazilian star Kaka has joined Orlando City, and both Frank Lampard and David Villa will join New York City FC when the new team kicks off in March, 2015.
Playing alongside Lampard and Villa would provide an excellent development opportunity for any players that do get sent over to New York. Plus gaining fame in the Big Apple would provide good preparation for any loan players that become big future EPL stars.
Even though there is the potential for New York City FC to become Manchester City's B-team in terms of bringing players through from their academy, Soriano added that it's important that the New York franchise is seen as a different entity to City.
"We are building a truly authentic New York team. This is not a Manchester City team, or a brand play or a marketing trick. This is real."
There is no doubt that prospective New York City FC fans will be excited about the team's debut at the historic Yankee Stadium next year.
The signings of Lampard and Villa have made plenty of noise, but the prospect of fans in the Big Apple possibly witnessing the development of Man City's future stars is also something to look forward to.
Yankee Stadium is the House That Ruth Built, but it also could be the house that builds Man City's future.
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