By Michael Lewis
New York City area indoor soccer fans will have to wait a little longer to watch their favorite sport.
The Major Arena Soccer League team that former Brazilian star Ronaldinho is part owner of won’t be playing in the metropolitan area, according to league chairman Shep Messing.
Messing, who backstopped the New York Arrows to the first four Major Indoor Soccer League championships, added that the league was “actively pursuing one for either Brooklyn or Nassau County.”
That would either be the Barclay Center in Brooklyn or the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Arrows called the Coliseum home from 1978 to 1984.
More information about the Ronaldinho’s club will be announced by the MASL at 9 a.m. Friday.
On Thursday, Ronaldinho announced that he will be a part owner of an expansion team along with Rob Striar, the CEO of Bull Horn Holding and president of M Style Marketing.
“I am happy to join the best indoor soccer league in the world. As everyone knows,” Ronaldinho said on Twitter. “I am passionate about the game and about life and I look forward to having fun with this venture. As a MASL (Major Arena Soccer League) franchise OWNER, my goals are to use my position to increase even further the League’s popularity in the USA and around the world, to help improving the already high level of playing and to bring joy and happiness to all supporters, especially the children. See you soon.”
Striar echoed the Brazilian’s sentiments.
“Excited to announce Ronaldihno (@10Ronaldinho) as an expansion team partner in Major Arena Soccer League @MASLarena,” Striar wrote on Twitter. “The best indoor soccer game keeps getting better! Looking forward to what’s next! @MStyleMarketing Thank you @ShepMessing1 and all of MASL #soccer”