In an official press statement, it was announced that the NASL will not be playing in 2018.
Although the announcement is not surprising after the league was not able to receive a preliminary injunction, it’s nonetheless very sad. It’s a shame that so many players, coaches, and staff that helped put together the league the Cosmos called home for years will now be unemployed.
I'm hearing that #NASL clubs Miami FC and Jacksonville Armada will still be honoring player contracts and paying players through the terms of their existing deals. Working to confirm other clubs.— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) February 27, 2018
The inevitable cancellation of the NASL season has come.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) February 27, 2018
Hope that everyone associated with NASL finds work elsewhere. It was a clusterfuck of a league, but the average player or staff member didn't have anything to do with that.— Maxi Rodriguez (@FutbolIntellect) February 27, 2018
Why does "Save The Crew" rally the entire US Soccer community, but then same community turns around to dance on the NASL's grave?— Gaby Kirschner (@gabykirschner) February 27, 2018
According to the press release, the Cosmos along with Miami FC, and the Jacksonville Armada will be playing in the NPSL. The Cosmos have yet to release a statement following the NASL’s announcement.
The silver lining here is at the moment we know that some iteration of the Cosmos, most likely Cosmos B, will be playing in 2018. This offseason has definitely not gone as planned, but at least we have the NPSL season to look forward to. Perhaps the end of the NASL can be a fresh start for the New York Originals. Either way, the NASL will be missed.