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The Most Famous Crest in American Football/Soccer History Is Now a Sideshow

Take a good look at that crest ladies and gentleman. We all remember it fondly as this was the most famous name in all of football during the era of the North American Soccer League (NASL). We remember the movie about the history of the New York Cosmos and how popular they were once famed Brazilian International Striker Pele came to these shores and created a major buzz over in Downing Stadium at Randalls Island (Which was torn down and rebuilt as Icahn Stadium), Hofstra University, the first Yankee Stadium and finally calling Giants Stadium home at the Meadowlands in the late 70’s thru the mid 80’s.

Twenty years have passed since their last competitive match of any form and the only time that famous shield was used was to advertise the soccer camps held by Pepe Pinton at Ramapo College. The former assistant to Giorgio Chinaglia was the head coach of the Men’s squad at Ramapo College when I attended the school as the play-by-play announcer for Ramapo College TV between 1995 thru 1997 & currently his son D.J. is the head coach at Ramapo which plays in the New Jersey Athletic Conference in Division III of the NCAA.

As I was on the Big Soccer boards I found the story from Jack Bell of the New York Times and he reported the story that was seen in the Daily Mail from England that a former officer of Tottenham Hotspur Paul Kemsley has reached an agreement with Pinton to purchase the rights to the Cosmos with the intention of rechristening the team as a traveling array of all-stars, playing matches around the world.

This is a travesty in my eyes. This is a bunch of balony that should never have happened at all. How could you make a team that was well known back in the days of the NASL and still holds the memories of so many football supporters back in the day that they hoped  it would return back into MLS and now is considered the soccer version of the Harlem Globetrotters.

So many supporters that followed this terrible season of Red Bull NY have been screaming for this name of past glory to return as well as Red Bull selling the club to someone who wanted to bring that name back into existence. But if these same people are going to be supporting this version of the Cosmos with no home stadium, no home town & no appointments to make supporter appearances at the local pubs in the city. Those who are going against RBNY & Red Bull it’s self are a bunch of hypocrites that doesn’t deserve to support this club in MLS no matter how good, bad or ugly in past and current seasons have happened.

This is the worst thing that could happen as Mr. Kemsley doesn’t care about the history of that shield. All he wants to do is use that famous name in American Football for profit and that’s all. So many times I have either read or heard from people who stopped following the local club that was once known as MetroStars feel that Red Bull stole the club away and have been using it to advertise their products from their energy drink cans, their new soda cans and coming soon their energy shots. Well what Mr. Kemsley has done is the same thing. He is taking that famous name and using it to put money in his pockets with no shame. If he really cared about the Cosmos name, then he should’ve attempted to find some people to form an ownership group fly into New York City & make an attempt to start up an MLS side as the NY Cosmos. Try to find some land to build a stadium either in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn or Manhattan.

This MLS side playing at Giants Stadium either as Metro or RBNY has always been shunned by many. Either those refuses to go because they wanted to see the name of the Cosmos to return, the way that Meadowlands security has treated its supporters, or now the assumption that Red Bull has stolen the identity of this club & only cares about promoting their product. Let’s all be honest with ourselves here. The identity of this New York side, or NY/NJ side or whatever you want to call it has had one all along. Right now those who are against Red Bull assumes it’s been here when they took over, but honestly it’s been here since 1996 when it started as Metro. They are the lovable losers because no matter who is running this club, they will always assume either thru ego or trying to get rid of the shadow of the Cosmos a quick fix to get a title will always ruin the chance of stability and a solid core of strong veterans and good youth players as well as trying to have a proper stadium to call home, when Giants Stadium hasn’t.

All I have ever hoped and prayed for was to see this MLS club perform well and win a domestic or International Club Title with the right players, head coach and General Manager who are all on the same page. From Charlie Stillitano to Nick Sakewicz to Alexi Lalas, Marc deGrandpre & Jeff Agoos, these men have found ways to interfere with their head coaches and there are many who have had some success, but sadly alot of  failure since their egos have clashed and refused to stop sticking their nose into business they shouldn’t have gotten involved with. The losers of this travesty of a club are the supporters who have spent their hard earned money to see more bad moments than good. But honestly we still care and want to see success.

Finally about the story of this new version of the Cosmos, it’s a sad thing to see Pepe Pinton sell whatever is left of this franchise to a man that honestly won’t bring any good to the name. Whatever selling price Pinton had offered, I’m assuming it was too high for anyone that wanted to get involved with him & at the same time those businessmen were laughing at him as well. Sadly professional sports is still a business and we who love this game have to understand that. But I have to say that unlike the New York Yankees in Baseball, the Boston Celtics & Los Angeles Lakers in Basketball, The Montreal Canadiens in Hockey & the Dallas Cowboy in the NFL, there was no stoppage of existance for these famous sports clubs and their respective leagues. MLS will reach fifthteen next year while Major League Baseball will be somewhere past 140 or more.


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  1. Question

    February 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Where, who, what source do you have? If you’re citing the NYtimes goal post that cited the Daily Mail, then you’re citing the very first news source. One that is very old in comparison. You’re also citing a source that stated that the club would attempt to join MLS…but for the lack of professionalism wrote “MSL”. So take that source with a grain of salt.

    I will check back next time when you have actual news to break.

  2. Daniel Feuerstein

    September 1, 2009 at 3:11 am

    gmonsoon43: First name that popped in my head. No other reason. By the way is your name after Gorilla Monsoon the former wrestler?

  3. soccer goals

    August 31, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    A travelling ALL star team is interesting. We’ll see.

  4. Jason

    August 31, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    And….you fell for it. Holy cow. You just wrote 1,100 words about something that very likely is not true, or only partially true. What is it with this site, anyway?

  5. gmonsoon43

    August 31, 2009 at 9:00 am

    It is sad to hear the name of the Cosmos will be treated as a marketing gimmick.

    P.S. Just wondering why the Cowboys, instead of the Packers or even Bears were picked for the Football example?

    Packers est. 1919 12 titles
    Bears est. 1919 9 titles
    Cowboys est. 1960 5 titles

  6. Lowell

    August 30, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I’d love to see the Generals play the Cosmos. Yes, the Generals that always play against the Globetrotters.

  7. deep_tongue

    August 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I refuse to believe an adult wrote this post. This has to be the worst written blog posting I’ve ever read, and I’ve waded through a lot of amateur garbage online. Unbelievable! Go back to special ed.! You need remedial special ed.!

  8. Derek

    August 29, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    If this “globetrotters” type team ever comes into existence, it will be a shame to waste such a historic name on it. That being said, the only way the Cosmos should come back is if a) RBNY is sold and rebrands or b) FC New York in USL changes it’s name. NO SECOND MLS TEAM IN NY! I understand the reasoning behind wanting a second club, in fact I’ve been to NY and tried to make a match but since I was all the way across town in Queens there wasn’t enough time. BUT, in a country as large as the US(plus Canada), there is no need to burn two precious teams in one city(or metro area) when many places have no team(this goes for CUSA too). I love the Cosmos name but I don’t want to see it revived at the expense of another market(for instance, my hometown, South Florida) not having MLS.

  9. Love62

    August 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Hi, I’ve visited your blog and enjoy it. Success for you.

  10. doorworker

    August 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Funny to see the Cosmos’ logo again…I was a kid in the days of the NASL, to me the Cosmos were what the Yankees are to many still–the team you love to hate.

    Part of why I find myself rooting against Blanco even today is because he reminds me somehow of the arrogance-oozing Giorgio Chinalia.

    And really, this all sounds like a weak argument to me. Where’s the flaw in the counterargument that the Cosmos dominated the NASL precisely BECAUSE they themselves attracted a ‘travelling array’ of over-the-hill carpetbagging superstars being paid what other teams could never offer. And I say that as a person having been a huge fan of Franz Beckenbauer.

  11. Soccer Guru

    August 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I’m relived that the Cosmos name will not be soiled by MLS, with its stupid rules and unwillingness to really embrace the NY market the way the NASL did. True, MLS is more stable, but the NASL days of superstars may never be seen again in American club soccer.

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