NY Cosmos reborn in NASL | read this item
Thursday, the North American Soccer League announced that the New York Cosmos have joined the league and will start play in the 2013 season.
Not having played in a professional league since 1984, the almost thirty year absence has been a long wait for a still loyal and dedicated fan base.
The Cosmos played fourteen seasons in the NASL, bringing some of the most recognizable names in football to the States, including Brazilian striker Pelé and Italian Giorgio Chinaglia.
With plenty of work to be done before the club resumes operations next season, the Cosmos already have their sights set on a bigger goal; joining Major League Soccer.
On Thursday MLS Commissioner Don Garber spoke about the rebirth of the club and the potential of a second MLS club in New York.
“Major League Soccer remains committed to securing an expansion team in New York City,” stated Garber. “The current focus is on exploring a stadium site, but we will continue discussions with several potential ownership groups, including the Cosmos, about the possibility of joining the efforts to bring a second MLS team to New York.”
“Having a vibrant second division is important to the overall growth and popularity of soccer in North America, and we are pleased to see the NASL add a new franchise,” Garber concluded.
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