NYCFC news roundup: The stadium, Matías Pellegrini, and Maxime Chanot's future

-Here is the next news roundup for NYCFC as of January 13, 2024
Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC
Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC / Ira L. Black - Corbis/GettyImages

New York City FC will begin their preseason in a few short days, and there is a lot of news out there. As such, here is the next edition of the NYCFC news roundup.

The NYCFC news roundup: The stadium, Matías Pellegrini, and more

The latest NYCFC stadium update

After Queen's Community Board 7 approved the Willets Point project, the next step was for Queens Borough President Donovan Richards to provide his recommendation. Thankfully, Richards recommended that the City Council vote for the project that includes NYCFC's stadium.

However, he had conditions that had to be met. An example included that the developers had to hire locally. Specifically for NYCFC, they had to promise they would reach out to local students for employment opportunities.

Richards' approval means that the future home for the Pigeons is one step closer. The next step will be the review process from the City Planning Commission.

Matías Pellegrini has a new home

When NYCFC brought Matías Pellegrini back for the 2023 season, supporters never understood the move, especially with his high salary. Thankfully, the club finally came to its senses and did not bring him back again.

This led Pellegrini to seek a new home outside of Major League Soccer. The Argentine recently signed with Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Argentina. As some know, this is the former club of Julián Fernández. Hopefully, Pellegrini can find himself again at his new home. It is a shame things did not work out for him in the United States.

Maxime Chanot is preparing for the future

Former NYCFC player Maxime Chanot is extremely missed. When he left the club over the summer, it was a big shock. Many believe there is more to the story other than wanting to play in his home country.

Nonetheless, the center-back is preparing for his future. A few weeks ago, he announced he completed his National B coaching license, which is one of the steps on the way to a Pro coaching license. Then, he announced he had become a U.S. citizen. The incredible accomplishment makes one wonder whether Chanot has some plans up his sleeves for the future. Is he hoping to one day coach stateside? Does his future involve NYCFC?

Supporters can hope that Chanot will one day return in some capacity. He is a club legend. Moreover, why would he get his citizenship if he had no plans to return? It can be assumed he sees back on the other side of the Atlantic. And again, hopefully, it will be with New York City FC.