More and more young Americans are taking to soccer as their favorite sport, and now a MLS franchise is building a training center in Rockland County.

The New York City Football Club is building a new training facility, and it's located in the lower Hudson Valley in Orangeburg.

The second year Major League Soccer franchise purchased seventeen acres on the old Rockland Psychiatric Center grounds in Orangeburg.

Construction will begin in the fall and should be open by 2018. The team had been using SUNY Purchase as their temporary practice grounds for the past three years.

Claudio Reyna, the sporting director of NYCFC, said.

The location is fantastic, close to New York City, close to Yankee Stadium where we play. This will be a first-class facility that will have everything we need to prepare for the season. This will be our permanent home. It's a big step in the evolution of our soccer club.

NYCFC plays it's home games at Yankee Stadium. Their next goal is to find a spot somewhere in the five boroughs for a permanent stadium.

 

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Some had speculated moving outside of New York City and building a stadium in Yonkers, but that remains to be seen.