New York Cosmos Joins NASL

In surprising news, the most well-known club name in US soccer history has joined the North American Soccer League (NASL).

The NASL today announced that the New York Cosmos have joined the NASL and will begin league play in the 2013 season. The NASL Board of Governors unanimously approved the Cosmos’ membership during its meetings this week in New York.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer brand, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout the absence from the pitch, the franchise has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following. The team expects to announce more details about its stadium, ticket sales, soccer operations staff and players in the near future.

Over two days of meetings, that concluded today, the NASL Board of Governors also addressed a variety of league matters, including hearing presentations from a record number of potential expansion team owners and discussing possible changes to the league’s competition structure for upcoming seasons.

The Cosmos ownership group New York Cosmos LLC is an international partnership led by industry veteran Seamus O’Brien. They are committed to putting the brand back at the forefront of North American soccer. The New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending fourteen seasons in the earlier NASL, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer history to North America. The Cosmos last won the NASL Soccer Bowl in 1982.

“We are extremely proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the North American Soccer League,” said NASL Commissioner David Downs. “As we continue to expand the league and help grow professional soccer in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the Cosmos brand and their strong ownership group are a perfect fit with us. The history of the Cosmos and soccer in the New York City area are intertwined. Bringing the Cosmos into the NASL is a logical next step as we embrace the heritage of our own past and now reunite the Cosmos, Strikers, Rowdies and several markets with ties to the NASL’s early days. Most importantly, we look forward to the Cosmos enhancing the quality of our league both on and off the field.”

Seamus O’Brien, Chairman of the New York Cosmos, said, “We are delighted to return to our historic home with the NASL and bring the New York Cosmos back to the playing field. We are committed to running the franchise with the highest possible standards on and off the field, and look forward to putting together a competitive and entertaining team our fans can be proud of.”

The New York Cosmos joins the league with two other famous NASL franchises — the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

What does this mean about the Cosmos’s interest in becoming a MLS team? Does it hurt or help them? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

98 Comments

  1. joe July 12, 2012
    • joe July 12, 2012
    • Daniel Feuerstein July 12, 2012
  2. Tijuana Robert July 12, 2012
    • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 12, 2012
      • Bo July 12, 2012
      • Joe July 12, 2012
      • Tijuana Robert July 12, 2012
        • LWPA July 12, 2012
        • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 12, 2012
          • Joe2 July 13, 2012
        • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 13, 2012
        • Lysander July 14, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 16, 2012
  3. Bo July 12, 2012
  4. Joe July 12, 2012
  5. Charles July 12, 2012
    • Charles July 12, 2012
      • Joe2 July 12, 2012
        • theakinet July 13, 2012
          • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 13, 2012
          • Alan July 15, 2012
      • theakinet July 13, 2012
        • Alan July 15, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 16, 2012
          • Charles July 16, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 16, 2012
          • Charles July 16, 2012
          • The original Tom July 16, 2012
          • Alan July 16, 2012
          • Alan July 16, 2012
          • The original Tom July 17, 2012
  6. Charles July 12, 2012
    • Charles July 12, 2012
  7. Zig July 12, 2012
    • Charles July 13, 2012
    • andy July 14, 2012
  8. Nickp July 13, 2012
  9. CTBlues July 13, 2012
  10. CTBlues July 13, 2012
  11. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
    • Gazza July 17, 2012
      • Tijuana Robert July 17, 2012
        • Gazza July 20, 2012
          • Alan July 20, 2012
  12. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
    • CTBlues July 14, 2012
      • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
        • Charles July 14, 2012
          • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
        • CTBlues July 14, 2012
          • Alan July 15, 2012
    • Footy76 July 30, 2012
  13. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
    • Alan July 15, 2012
  14. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 14, 2012
  15. andy July 14, 2012
    • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 16, 2012
  16. andy July 15, 2012
  17. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 15, 2012
    • Charles July 16, 2012
      • Tijuana Robert July 17, 2012
  18. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 15, 2012
    • Alan July 15, 2012
    • andy July 15, 2012
  19. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 15, 2012
    • Alan July 16, 2012
      • Roger(Pro?Rel) July 16, 2012
        • Alan July 16, 2012
          • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 17, 2012
          • Alan July 17, 2012
          • Alan July 17, 2012
      • andy July 16, 2012
        • Alan July 16, 2012
          • andy July 17, 2012
          • Alan July 17, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 17, 2012
          • Charles July 17, 2012
          • Alan July 17, 2012
          • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 18, 2012
          • Alan July 18, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 18, 2012
          • Charles July 18, 2012
          • Alan July 18, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 19, 2012
          • Alan July 19, 2012
          • The original Tom July 20, 2012
          • Alan July 20, 2012
  20. Roger(Pro/Rel) July 15, 2012
    • andy July 15, 2012
    • Charles July 16, 2012
      • Roger(Pro/Rel) July 16, 2012
        • CTBlues July 17, 2012
          • Tijuana Robert July 17, 2012
          • Charles July 17, 2012
          • CTBlues July 19, 2012
  21. DELIA August 31, 2012
    • NUGUET November 19, 2012

Leave a Reply