Category: New York Cosmos

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011. On September 1, 2017 at the USSF Board meeting that preceded the United States humiliating 2-0 World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, NASL was denied a continuation at the Division 2 level for 2018 ... Read more

Cosmos future assured after media tycoon takeover

New York (AFP) – The New York Cosmos on Tuesday confirmed that media tycoon Rocco Commisso had bought a majority ownership stake in the club, confirming the franchise’s future after weeks of uncertainty. Italy-born Commisso, the chairman of US cable TV provider Mediacom, told reporters on a conference call he hoped to help put the club and the North American Soccer League (NASL) on a firm footing which would lead to an expanded competition. The Cosmos’ future had been shrouded in conjecture after the club furloughed staff and released players from contracts last month, effectively ceasing operations. Those decisions were ... Read more

No place in MLS for troubled Cosmos – Garber

Toronto (Canada) (AFP) – Major League Soccer will not allow crisis-hit New York Cosmos to join their league as a third team in the area, league commissioner Don Garber said on Friday. The Cosmos, which became the most famous club in American soccer during the 1970s when the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer played in the old North American Soccer League, was reformed five years ago but now faces an uncertain future. A crisis in the modern North American Soccer League (NASL), US soccer’s second tier, has prompted the Cosmos ownership to terminate the contracts of its players.  While ... Read more

NY Cosmos fate uncertain as crisis engulfs US lower leagues

Los Angeles (AFP) – Turmoil in the lower tiers of football in the United States has left one league on the brink of implosion and arguably the most glamorous name in American soccer, the New York Cosmos, facing an uncertain future. Five years ago, the New York Cosmos announced their rebirth after decades of hibernation with Pele and Eric Cantona heading their delegation for a friendly against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The team, which became an iconic franchise during the 1970s heyday of the North American Soccer League — when the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto ... Read more

Cosmos deny closure reports as North American Soccer League talks continue

New York (AFP) – The fate of the New York Cosmos is hanging in the balance as the club seeks assurances about the future of the crisis-plagued North American Soccer League, sources confirmed to AFP on Tuesday. A club source with knowledge of the situation denied a report that the Cosmos had ceased operations and terminated contracts of its players and staff. However the source confirmed that the future of the world famous club hinged on the outcome of talks between the NASL and US Soccer about the league. “We haven’t made any decisions with regard to ceasing operations or ... Read more

Documentary featuring New York Cosmos trip to Cuba premiering November 7

ONE World Sports will premiere A Bridge to Cuba, a documentary following NASL team New York Cosmos and their journey to Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, Nov. 7th. Seamus O’Brien, founder and chairman of ONE World Sports, also owns the Cosmos. The network traveled to Cuba alongside the team in order to telecast their friendly against the Cuban national team, capturing the first visit of a US professional sports team to Cuban soil since the US lifted its trade embargo in Dec. 2014. SEE MORE: Ranking the top 20 cities for MLS, NASL and USL expansion. Shortly after the trip, diplomatic relations were officially restored between the ... Read more

NPSL National Championship: Chattanooga FC vs. New York Cosmos B

The National Premier Soccer League National Championship match between Chattanooga FC and New York Cosmos B has been set for Saturday night August 8th. The fourth-tier of US soccer showcases talent from around the country with 65 teams in 12 regional divisions. The NPSL will hold its show piece final in Chattanooga, Tennessee at Finley Stadium with kick-off taking place at 7:30pm ET. Chattanooga set the league’s attendance record (9,236) in their previous match, which helped the league’s decision to play the game in Tennessee.  “The NPSL National Championship will be a great showcase for the NPSL in front of ... Read more

First-hand account of US Open Cup derby between New York Red Bulls and New York Cosmos

It’s the magic of the cup. A second division side drawn to play away from home against their local rivals, a “proper cup tie” some might call it. It’s David against Goliath, a potential giant killing, a banana skin, as well as a local derby. It has all the storylines one would want. An expanded away following that typically comes with a glamor tie is on hand for these romantic cup ties is on hand and prepared to make their presence felt. This match has the potential to be a classic. Unfortunately, no one else seemed to get the message ... Read more