Queensboro FC was supposed to make its USL Championship debut in 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas.
The club was supposed to play in the second-tier professional league this past season, but didn’t.
Now, Queensboro has stated it won’t play in 2023.
So, when will the team play?
“Queensboro FC can confirm we will not be playing in the USL Championship in 2023,” club spokesperson said this week. “With that said, we are still fully committed to bringing professional soccer to our supporters and the Queens community. We will share additional updates soon.”
The club has teams in the United Premier Soccer League (Queensboro FC II) and the USL W League and an Academy team.
But no USL Championship team at the top of the team’s pyramid.
Slowly, but surely, the wheels of Queensboro FC’s USL Championships side’s proverbial wagon came off.
On June 8, head coach Josep Gombau left the team to become a coach of a team in India.
On July 16, technical director Luis Gutierrez jumped ship to become the Real Madrid reserve assistant coach.
When they will play in the USL Championship is anyone’s guess.
According to sources, there are problems behind the scenes with proper funding by the team’s owner, Jonathan A. Krane.
But apparently there is some hope for the future.
“We continue to support Queensboro FC’s ongoing programs and we remain in discussions with the club about its plans for the professional level,” a USL Championship spokesman said. “They will not field a Championship team in 2023.”
Queensboro came to life in November 2019 with plans for a temporary stadium at York College in Queens and then hopefully a permanent home somewhere in the borough. The team had wanted to build a stadium in Willets Point, Queens, across the street from Citi Field. That can’t happen now because New York City FC recently announced plans to construct a soccer-specific stadium on the same site.
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