We’re back baby! For the first time in months, the Cosmos have tweet and announced their return for the NASL 2017 season.
Official Club Statement Following USSF Provisional Sanctioning pic.twitter.com/SwDDrErDvh— New York Cosmos (@NYCosmos) January 7, 2017
Although nothing has been officially confirmed yet, it appears that the club has been bought in part by Rocco Commisso. Commisso is the founder of Mediacom, as well as former Columbia University player and a big backer of their soccer program; the university has named a soccer field after him. His purchase of the Cosmos hinged on the USSF’s declaration of the NASL as a second division league, which was recently announced. Commisso could be in charge as early as next week.
NEWS | @ussoccer grants #NASL provisional Division II status for 2017: https://t.co/4zHjUQ26nt pic.twitter.com/3FokNMDaTa— NASL (@naslofficial) January 7, 2017
Initial reports suggest that the Cosmos will play at MCU Park in Brooklyn next season. The Cosmos have played there before, most notably in the 2015 season playoffs.
Hopefully with the purchase of the team we can hear news of unpaid front office staff and players finally getting the money they have been owed.
The team now has to rebuild their roster in order to prepare for the 2017 season. NASL MVP Juan Arango will not be returning to the team as he as well as Yohandry Orozco have signed with Venezuelian side Zulia FC. However, Jimmy Maurer cryptically tweeted about returning to New York…
.@Zulia_FC announcing at a press conference that Juan Arango and Yohandry Orozco have joined the team. Good luck to both! #NYCosmos https://t.co/ENOuLaaqas— Jason Lind (@JasonKLind) January 6, 2017
Wheels up to NY. Been a great three weeks in Atl. Back to business and sort out what the future will bring.— Jimmy (@JimsMaurer) January 5, 2017
It will be exciting to see the club’s new vision under the ownership of Commisso. The Cosmos have a long way to go in order to fully regain the trust of the fans after the fiasco of this offseason, but for now most are just excited to have a team again. You just can’t kill the Cosmos!
It may be snowing in #nyc but it is a beautiful day in @NYCosmos country! Guess what - we're back! #forevergreen pic.twitter.com/FxKWY5r5Rc— 5 Points (@5_Points_NYC) January 7, 2017
As far as I'm concerned Rocco Commisso is god rn..— GREENOIS (@Prez10Points) January 6, 2017