That 2016 championship, their third in four years, did not bring the Cosmos the right to earn promotion to MLS, a sore subject for Commisso.
“Did anyone see the [Minnesota United] game where they lost [6-1]?" he said of the former NASL club's loss to Atlanta United in its second MLS game. "This is exactly what I’m talking about. Because they paid $100 million with another $150 million for the stadium, Minneapolis got to the MLS, right? Well, the Cosmos won the [NASL] championship. In other countries, all over Europe, South America, so on, the Cosmos should be moving up to the MLS, not Minneapolis. I think Minneapolis was the eighth-ranked team in the [NASL] last year out of 12. We were No. 1.”
Commisso brought up the examples of the Cosmos' two New York rivals, New York City FC in the Bronx and the New York Red Bulls, across the Hudson River in New Jersey.
“The guy that bought New York City FC [Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan], interestingly enough, he also bought Manchester City," he said. "The guy that bought the Red Bulls [Austrian Dietrich Mateschitz], he also has a team [RB Leipzig] in Germany, right? He’s accepting and he’s done very well by the way. [RB Leipzig] moved from the third to the second to the first division. It worked out very well. Why couldn’t it work out the same way here?
"In my opinion, that’s probably the No. 1 reason why American soccer has failed professionally in this country. This is an administered game, an Americanized type of game and American rules as opposed to international rules of how soccer should be played. It’s an international game. This isn't like I won the World Series of baseball.”
Commisso is unhappy with the structure of American pro soccer.
“Let me just say this," he added, "that all the teams that made investments in Europe, including the most recent ones: the Chinese, the Indonesians, the Americans, and England and so on, that they all understood how the game was played. Nobody guaranteed that, as a result of making a multi-hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, like the guys trying to buy Milan, that they need not get relegated tomorrow.
“Typically, when you go into business like I do, you accept competition as being part of the game and you have to compete. Here, competition is administered by some god up there that says it is what it is and that’s the way it’s going to be."
But the new Cosmos owner didn't end there. He also took on the state of the U.S. national team program.
“Today, we do not have a national team that I am proud of," Commisso said, noting the USA has not reached the semifinals of the World Cup since 1930.
“So here we are, 80 years later, and we still haven’t had a team, a professional team, a professional, national team that could go out and say, ‘We’re the top 10, the top five.’ I mean, what kind of crap is that?"
Commisso went on to lay out the USA's record since 1930: six wins, or one every 14 years.
“Everybody’s bragging what a great job we’re all doing with American soccer," he said. "No. We’re not doing a great job. I could go in and in. I know a lot of stuff I want to talk about, but not today. There are a lot of people out there that still want to shut me down. I’ll protect the team, I’ll protect my reputation, but sooner or later, I will have my say as to what I see for the future of American soccer, professional, American soccer in this country.”