NEW YORK – New York City FC announced Monday that club will have an affiliate in MLS NEXT Pro, the new professional league established by Major League Soccer.

City did not say where the team would play in the league’s 2022 inaugural season.

“This is a hugely exciting moment and another important milestone in the history of our club,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a statement. “We very much support the foundation of MLS Next Pro. By participating in this new league, we will create a more structured pipeline for homegrown and young players to gain invaluable experience in a competitive and professional environment and bridge the gap between our successful youth Academy and our First Team. This will help set up our Club for continued success while staying true to one of the founding pillars on which NYCFC was formed by developing the next generation of talent. We are excited to be one of the participating clubs this inaugural season.”

MLS NEXT Pro will kick off next season in March.

“NYCFC is committed to growing soccer and MLS NEXT Pro will be a gamechanger for our country’s young talents,” NYCFC CEO Brad Sims said in a statement. “While there are still many details to be finalized in the coming months, which we will share with our fans as soon as possible, we know it is imperative to be involved in this inaugural season.

“As we continue to fuel passion for the world’s game and build New York City into one of the soccer capitals of the world, engaging the next generation of players with a structured pathway to MLS will be vital to accomplishing this mission. This league will play in front of supporters, providing an incredible opportunity for both NYCFC and soccer fans across New York City with an opportunity to watch the next generation of talent.”