New York Cosmos To Join NASL

New York Cosmos To Join NASL

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 12, 2012
  • Features, New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos are back! (Getty Images)

Hipsters rejoice!

The Cosmos announced Thursday that they will play in NASL starting in the 2013 season.

The Cosmos join the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies as original NASL franchises that are playing in the new version of the league.

There is no word yet on where the club will play their home games but some reports suggest they will either be in Queens or Long Island.

The club currently has an Under-23 side and an academy set-up and also fielded a star-studded team to play at Old Trafford in the Paul Scholes testimonial match last summer.

Some are obviously wondering if this means that the Cosmos are hoping to set themselves up for a move to MLS in the near future.

“Our ultimate goal is to play at the very highest level, and we feel today’s announcement is the first step in that direction,” Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien wrote in a team statement.

Pretty interesting announcement huh?

  • Hipster? I’m no hipster, I just made a comment about the Cosmos one day & their official twitter page followed me. So did the Melbourne Heart. Been talk about the MLS for years but no love from them. Not looking though, always a die-hard supporter of the MLS but the Cosmos should never be label as a team for hipsters. People who I know who do not follow soccer know about Pele and the Cosmos. A international brand isn’t known worldwide because a select few finds the Cosmos cool to watch, It’s a team for all the people and that’s what the new Cosmos will be in the NASL and when we make the move to the MLS.

    • Rory, don’t get hung up on the opening line about hipsters. Jokes are jokes and that was one of them. The Cosmos are a great brand and know exactly how to market themselves globally, something all MLS clubs are dying to be able to do. They have the hipster crowd, the soccer crowd and even a good chunk of the non-soccer crowd. I’m just happy to see them make a return to the field.