As preparation continues for Queensboro FC’s inaugural 2022 season, the incoming USL club is focused on building a field of local partnerships and connections. One of the most recent is a unique kind of partnership, naming Andres Emilio Soto the club’s official real estate broker.
Andres is the Senior Managing Director of Modern Spaces, a LIC-based real estate group. The partnership will highlight Modern Spaces, with discounts for QBFC fans on Andres’ services. Proceeds will be donated to the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning (JCAL), an arts center for accessible arts education in Queens.
“I am really excited about this partnership! I’m able to merge my life-long passion for soccer, and my career, real estate, into one amazing opportunity,” said Andres Emilio Soto. “Queensboro FC is building something very special in Queens and it’s amazing to be part of it.”
Soto is a Queens native, raised in Jackson Heights. “My dad is from Colombia and my mom is from Argentina, so by default I had to play soccer,” he said. “I started to play in the leagues around Queens, and played for College Point United in the Long Island Junior Soccer League, one of the few Queens teams.”
Soto jumped around the borough, playing for multiple high schools and academy teams. His love of soccer has continued throughout his life, and he became a Queensboro FC ambassador, a group of volunteers that meet with QBFC staff and offer ideas as the club continues to grow.
“The ambassador program is a volunteer job that meets bi-weekly with the club. They fill us in with news and ask for hard feedback about what we think the club should do. It’s our job to spread the good word about Queensboro FC,” said Soto.
The ambassador program is a great place for partnerships to grow as well. When he got to meet some members of the front office, Soto got right to the point.
“I’ve been in real estate for 15 years, 90% of my work is in Queens, and I’m a massive soccer fan,” he told them. “Let’s make something happen.”
The biggest aspect of Andres’ role with the club is providing education and information about real estate in the borough and city.
“A lot of people reach out to me to buy homes, and when I start asking them certain questions, they don’t know how to answer,” he said. “I’m happy to provide as much help as I can for free, because it should be free. Everyone should have an equal playing field.”
Affordable housing and accessibility have been big issues in Queens, and the partnership between Queensboro FC and Modern Spaces will be a useful tool in getting information to people, especially in an area as diverse and expansive as Queens.
Andres will run open informational sessions about the do’s and don’ts of real estate, and will teach how to market yourself whether you are selling, buying or renting. “I look forward to helping everyone with all their real estate needs and to giving back to the borough I was born and raised in,” said Soto.