The Cosmos announced yesterday that they will be closing out their pre-season in Bermuda this weekend as they take on a ‘Select XI’ from the Bermuda National Team. The game will be on Sunday, March 19th at 2:00 pm, EST at Bermuda National Sports Centre.
The small Atlantic island has some historic connections with the team, with the Cosmos having visited previously for preseason in both 1977 and ‘78.
But it is the speaker of Bermuda’s House Assembly, The Hon. K. H. Randolph Horton, MP, who provides the most indelible link to Cosmos history.
Randy Horton, as he was simply known to fans back in the day, was 1971 Rookie of the Year, and 1972 MVP and Soccer Bowl champion. He finished as the Cosmos’ top scorer in three of four seasons with the team through 1974.
Horton met with Cosmos Director of Team Operations, Jack Gaeta this week, and as Bermuda’s Royal Gazette reported, he was coy on where his allegiances will lie, even for a friendly:
“I’ll be supporting great football,” he said. “I’m not the Speaker of the House for nothing!
“I’m excited to see that the Cosmos are coming to Bermuda, I’m always excited about anything related to the Cosmos after being a member of the first Cosmos championship team.”