Queensbooro FC, which had planned to makes its USL Championship debut next year, has delayed it to 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release on Monday, club owners decided the additional year essential – to work alongside the Queens community to rebuild after “becoming the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis, to fully establish its youth academy as a local talent pipeline to the senior team.”

The club also has to finalize its stadium plans, including the site where the QBFC Academy will play starting March 2021.

“All are important factors to consider when constructing from the ground up New York City’s newest professional soccer team in Queens – in order to give fans the right product, at the right time, in the right venue, and done the right way,” according to the press release.