Authorities confirmed today the mysterious stench that settled over Manhattan on Monday has been traced to a local MLS team called the New York Red Bulls.
New York City officials from the Mayorâ€™s office initially dismissed the foul odor as a non-threatening natural phenomenon. But, officials from the EPA following-up on leads from city residents traced the problems to the Red Bullâ€™s training facility in New Jersey.
â€œWe knew the odor wasnâ€™t a chemical agent. Our sensors didnâ€™t detect anything harmful,â€ explained an official that didnâ€™t want to be identified because public officials no longer talk on the record. â€œStill, people were uncomfortable and becoming sick. I had seen this only once before â€“ at a Red Bulls game. So we took the equipment out to the training ground to test the area. Sure enough, we smelled a terrible scent and found signs of a rotten, bloated, dead season.â€
Manhattan residents were relieved to learn the cause was not a terrorist attack, but many suggested frustration that the Red Bulls havenâ€™t cleaned-up there act.
â€œThe team is just wretched, Iâ€™m not surprised,â€ explained SoHo resident Jake Wilson.
Sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena could not immediately explain the teamâ€™s foul habits, but suggested they were aware of the problem and working toward a resolution.
â€œObviously, we are not a good team right now,â€ Arena said. â€œWe need some more scoring threats and better shape â€“ especially on our back line. But, you know, thatâ€™s why we have an off season and weâ€™ll get better.â€
City officials said the decaying season must be cleaned-up by the end of the week, or it will considering fining the team or sending it to Rochester.
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