Yesterday the NASL regular season schedules were released for all teams. We may be a bit away from the regular season, but it’s never too early to get excited about some of the most exciting matches the Cosmos will play:
April 1St vs. Miami FC
No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke, The Cosmos’s home opener is against Miami FC. Of course, from a Cosmos perspective this game will be monumental. Besides the on club’s on the field issues of rebuilding the team, this match will likely set the tone for match attendance and general public interest for the rest of the season. If you’re around, come root on the Cosmos!
In their home opener, the Cosmos will face one of the most exciting teams in the NASL. Miami are one of the league’s biggest spenders, flexing during the season to bring in NYCFC breakout Kwando Poku, and two former Cosmos: Michael Lahoud and Hunter Freeman. They also recently have extended the contract of midfielder Ariel Martinez, dubbed the “Cuban Messi” by the club’s Twitter account. The big spenders from South Beach will be looking to make waves in their second NASL Season.
April 29th at San Francisco Deltas
At the end of April, the Cosmos will travel coast to coast to face off with the San Francisco Deltas. This season is San Fran’s first in existence. Of course, the connection between these two clubs lies in the offseason, when Danny Szetela joined, and then left the Deltas to return to the Cosmos. The Deltas have made a few sneaky good signings this offseason, including Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker and poacher Tom Heinemann. When these teams face off for the first time, expect an exciting match.
July 4th vs Indy Eleven
What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than by watching the Cosmos? After the Hot Dog eating contest earlier in the day, Coney Island will host a Championship rematch between the Cosmos and Indy Eleven. Besides from launching an MLS expansion bid, Indiana’s team has been busy this offseason, retaining talent such as Eamon Zayed and signing Ben Speas. Putting a Cosmos game on the single biggest day for Coney Island tourism is an amazing idea, and the Cosmos could use the national attention of the Hot Dog eating contest to help promote one of the NASL’s Premier matchups.
What game are you most excited for? Leave a comment and let us know!