There was a time when Jerome de Bontin -- maybe it was brashness brought on by his new post as Red Bulls General Manager, maybe it was before he went through league mandated re-education -- openly questioned the league's burning desire to shoehorn another team into New York.
The financier and former U.S. Soccer board member questioned the New York market's "maturity" and noted there were other markets the league could expand into back in November, shortly after taking the post in New York.
League Commissioner Don Garber said during one of his state of the league addresses that de Bontin just didn't get it.
Well, it looks like he gets it now.
"We are supportive of MLS expansion, as it illustrates the growing interest of soccer in North America. We also want to congratulate MLS and the League's new ownership group, which is injecting additional resources to help develop our sport across the country. Today's announcement is one of many steps in the exciting and challenging process of building a competitive MLS club.
Our club's energy is focused on winning a championship for the League's most loyal and passionate fans, many of whom have steadfastly backed this organization and MLS since its inception and come from all over the tri-state area. We are committed to continue to build an organization that is the flagship club for Major League Soccer around the world and a club that soccer fans across the region can be proud to support."