Cosmos delay start until fall 2013

[NASL] Fans waiting to see the rebirth of the New York Cosmos will have to wait a little longer. The club announced that it will delay its launch until the 2013 NASL fall season. The league will adopt spring and fall championships -- along the lines of split seasons played in Latin America -- and it will allow the Cosmos "to build our staff and operational capabilities in a professional manner," according to Cosmos COO Erik Stover.

The Cosmos will be eligible for the 2013 NASL title -- to be competed between the spring and fall champions -- but will not play in the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.

The New York Cosmos will play at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, where the original Cosmos won their first NASL title in 1972.

Former MLS star Giovanni Savarese has been promoted to head coach. He most recently served as director of the Cosmos Academy and manager of the Cosmos U-23 team that played in the PDL.

1 comment about "Cosmos delay start until fall 2013".
  1. C. Zee, December 4, 2012 at 9:28 a.m.

    I would like nothing more than this to succeed, but it does not look good.

    The new NASL is really falling apart faster than the old NASL. At least the old league got franchises in big cities - now small Virginia towns and far off Canadian places are going to populate what should be the 2nd Division.

    What this proves is the this New York Cosmos is a hard sell to both sponsors and fans. The league is still a big question mark with a few quality franchises propping up the rest.

    No wonder the last league Commissioner bailed out after 1 season.

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