The New York Cosmos are Back: Storied Club to Resume Play in 2013

The North American Soccer League announced this afternoon that the New York Cosmos will join the NASL for the 2013 season.

The club will start playing in the 2013 season and ticket information can be found here.

The Cosmos will be the ninth team in the league, which will admit Ottawa as team No. 10 in 2014.

It’s been over 30 years since the Cosmos played in a professional league, yet throughout the absence the iconic global soccer brand has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan-base. 

“Our return is a testament to the passion and loyalty of our fans,” wrote chairman Seamus O’Brien in an open letter posted on the Cosmos website

Pele as part of the New York Cosmos

The Cosmos ownership group are committed to putting the brand back at the forefront of North American soccer.

The New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending fourteen seasons in the earlier NASL and during their peak they drew crowds of nearly 50,000 to Giants Stadium.

Players like Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia helped lead the team to a record five Soccer Bowl titles and made them the most successful team during the original iteration of the NASL.

The Cosmos last won the NASL Soccer Bowl in 1982.

“The Cosmos have a celebrated history with the NASL and with its rebirth in recent years, our entry was the natural first step of our return” added chairman Seamus O’Brien in the open letter, “We look forward on taking on some of our biggest traditional rivals like the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Rowdies, and our ultimate goal is to play at the very highest level and we feel today’s announcement is the first step in that direction.”

Franz Beckenbauer with the New York Cosmos

“The history of the Cosmos and soccer in the New York City area are intertwined,” said NASL Commissioner David Downs. “Bringing the Cosmos into the NASL is a logical next step as we embrace the heritage of our own past and now reunite the Cosmos, Strikers, Rowdies and several markets with ties to the NASL’s early days. Most importantly, we look forward to the Cosmos enhancing the quality of our league both on and off the field.”

O’Brien added, “We are delighted to return to our historic home with the NASL and bring the New York Cosmos back to the playing field. We are committed to running the franchise with the highest possible standards on and off the field, and look forward to putting together a competitive and entertaining team our fans can be proud of.”

Aaron Davidson, the Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors, stated, “The team owners are thrilled to welcome the Cosmos back to their birthplace and home, the NASL. The Cosmos ownership group’s decision to join the NASL is the ultimate validation of our efforts to bring back the league which laid the foundation for soccer in North America. We look forward to respectfully honoring the legacy of the NASL and Cosmos of the 1970’s – 1980’s as we grow today’s NASL and play our role in driving the further development and maturation of soccer in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.”

There are still some rather significant details of the Cosmos’ return to be worked out, the biggest of which is where they’ll play home games. There have been several rumored sites for a potential home, but there was a notable absence of anything official in the release.

What do you think of the addition of the New York Cosmos to the NASL? Do you like it, or hate it? let us know.

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